Dianne Reeves: Nine
Dianne Reeves (vocals)
New Morning (Blue Note 21533)
David Torkanowsky (piano), Chris Severin (bass).
Composed by Dianne Reeves & Eddie Del Bario.
Recorded: Paris, May 14 1997
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Dianne Reeves is undoubtedly one the most gifted singers among those who attained international status in the last decade of the 20th century. One of the most authentic, too, she can sing standards with a mastery and range that led many critics to compare her with the great Sarah Vaughan. But Miss Reeves is no imitator: she always gives utterly personal renditions of the classics, maybe because she also composes, as with this song inspired from her childhood memories. It catches the magical atmosphere of children’s fantasies – listen to the way Reeves’s warm voice scats on nursery rhymes’ melodies towards the end of the song – and never fails to swing, thanks to a strongly empathic rhythm section. This Reeves original fully deserves to become a classic.
Reviewer: Thierry QuĂ©num