Dianne Reeves: Cherokee
Dianne Reeves (vocals)
The Grand Encounter (Blue Note CDP 7243 8 38268 2 7)
Kenny Barron (piano), Rodney Whittaker (bass), Herlin Riley (drums).
Composed by Ray Noble. Arranged by Dianne Reeves and Kenwood Dennard.
Recorded: New York, April 1996
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This is not an easy song to sing, and indeed its most famous versions are by instrumentalists. But Dianne Reeves's voice tackles this difficult set of chords with such ease that one wonders why she doesn't have more competitors. A great vocal performance by one of the greatest stylists of our times, and an interesting arrangement too, which gives the song a funny Latin twist towards the end. Not to mention Bobby Watson's fiery alto solo, reminding us that, among instrumentalists at least, there definitely is strong competition when it comes to "Cherokee."
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum