Dianne Reeves: Lullaby of Broadway

Track

Lullaby of Broadway

Artist

Dianne Reeves (vocals)

CD

A Little Moonlight (Blue Note 7243-5-80252-2-4)

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Musicians:

Dianne Reeves (vocals),

Romero Lubambo (guitar), Peter Martin (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), Gregory Hutchinson (drums)

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Composed by Al Dubin and Harry Warren. Arranged by Romero Lubambo

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Recorded: New York, December 4-10, 2002

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Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Singers usually approach this song somewhere between a lullaby and a belting Broadway show tune, but more towards the latter. This Romero Lubambo arrangement has probably resulted in more than one singer saying "why didn't I think of that?" Reeves begins with rich-toned wordless chanting, backed only by Lubambo's acoustic guitar. Reeves then starts singing the lyrics with a vocal inflection, reverence and deliberate pace that recall Harry Belafonte's "Jamaica Farewell," as the piece takes on the flavor of a subdued calypso. The sustained purity of Reeves' voice is simply ravishing throughout. Martin contributes a melodic solo, and Rogers and Hutchinson deliver tasteful and sensitive support. After a series of overproduced and/or largely unfocused recordings by her, this CD was a breath of fresh air the outstanding Reeves singing just standards with a small, sympathetic group. This track stands out for the cleverness of its arrangement.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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