Diane Schuur: Nice Work If You Can Get It
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Diane Schuur (vocals)
Some Other Time (Concord 30614)
Diane Schuur (vocals),
Randy Porter (piano), Dan Balmer (guitar), Scott Steed (bass), Reggie Jackson (drums).
Composed by George & Ira Gershwin.
Recorded: Irvine, CA, no date given (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Schuur won a Grammy in 1986 and again in 1987, then picked up three more nominations over the next six years. Her 1994 CD with B.B. King climbed to the top of the jazz charts. But like many other singers in their mid-50s, Schuur doesn't quite get the attention today enjoyed by the younger crop of singers. This new release is a much-needed reminder of just how fine a singer Deedles is. The passing years have even enhanced some aspects of her singing. Twenty years ago Schuur was sometimes guilty of over-singing, belting it out to the back row in a manner more suitable for Broadway than jazz. But there is no sign of that on "Nice Work," which features a smart, intricate vocal interpretation and a nicely updated arrangement. A very stylish performance by a singer who is still at the top of her game.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia