Dianne Reeves: Lullaby of Birdland


Lullaby of Birdland


Dianne Reeves (vocals)


The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan (Blue Note 27694)

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Dianne Reeves (vocals), Mulgrew Miller (piano), Reginald Veal (bass), Greg Hutchinson (drums),

and orchestra arranged and conducted by Billy Childs and Patrick Gandy


Composed by George Shearing


Recorded: Burbank, California, September 9-11, 2000


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

Reeves made her name singing contemporary pop-jazz with crossover appeal. But now in her 50s, she has adopted a more traditional approach, as demonstrated on this Sarah Vaughan tribute and her efforts on the soundtrack to Good Night, and Good Luck. Reeves sings with admirable technical command, and Childs pulls out all the stops with the orchestra, but it is hard to find a compelling reason to recommend nostalgia disks of this sort when many listeners haven't heard Vaughan's classic version of the song from 1954. Reeves fans will want this for their collection, but listeners searching for some fresh jazz sounds are advised to look elsewhere.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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