Dianne Reeves: Body and Soul


Body and Soul


Dianne Reeves (vocals)


New Morning (Blue Note CDP 7243 8 21533 2 0)

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Dianne Reeves (vocals),

David Torkanowsky (piano, synthesizer), Chris Severin (electric bass), Herlin Riley (drums)


Composed by Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour & Frank Eyton


Recorded: Paris, May 14, 1997


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

On this very special evening at the New Morning club in Paris, Dianne Reeves was in fantastic shape, and the rendering she gave of this standard of standards is historic. The African-like wordless vocals over the piano vamp in the re-harmonized intro set the scene: its definitely going to be about body and about soul! So, for almost nine minutes, the singer and her band explore rhythms (Latin, funk), textures (from the thickest to the thinnest) and registers (highs and lows that make your skin creep) in a fascinating ad lib rubato way. Pure magic!

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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