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Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Diane Schuur is a terrific singer and interpreter of music.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Diane Schuur is a very terrific singer. She can move from blues to gospel into jazz with the appearance that it is effortless for her to do so. She has a tremendous ability to belt out a song when necessary, but can also change into a torch singer and frankly some of her best work would have to be termed as jazz. She can pierce straight to the heart with a song like "Ill Close My Eyes." Diane Schuur is one of my favorites and i guess that explains why i am trying to collect all of her work. Diane has great taste in the selection of her arrangers, because the tunes she sings have been carefully selected and arranged so that she is showcased to her best advantage. I always eagerly look forward to any new album she has on the cd racks."
Only for those who appreciate real talent.
Beverly Praiswater | 07/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You won't believe your ears! "I'll Close My Eyes" is masterful. "Teach Me Tonight" is a gorgeous classic. "New York State of Mind" has soulful style. "Reverend Lee" and "Can't Stop a Woman in Love are cookers! "Amazing Grace" will blow you away! Every cut is brilliant. She completely demonstrates her vocal range and ability to sing any and every style. Diane Shuur transends all culturals, her soul is deep, her voice is p-l-e-a-s-u-r-e. This CD is a must-have."
Diane's Label Debut
James Fenos | Columbus, OH United States | 02/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never heard of Diane until she duetted with Barry Manilow on his 1987 release "Swing Street." I thought theirs was a great pairing, and I fell in love with Diane. I was somewhat limited in my collection space for cd's and the only album I owned of Diane's was "Collection" released two years after Barry's "Swing Street." I was in a small Cafe in Cincinnati, where I grew up and stayed until my late twenties, and I heard the familiar opening bars of "New York State Of Mind" someone had selected from the cd jukebox. I didn't really think anything of it, the song's been covered so many times. Then the voice I fell in love with started singing the opening lines, I stopped eating to listen to this song and beat myself up for not knowing of its existance. I went to the record store and small space be damned, bought the album (cd) the same day, and have been collecting ever since. Diane was living and performing as a local artist in Seattle, Washington when she was discovered by Nancy Reagan. Diane, with her late mentor Stan Getz, performed at the White House and was signed to GRP shortly thereafter. To capture Diane's vocal at her most comfortable, the lead vocal and rhythm tracks were recorded in her home city, then flown to California for additional recording, mixing and mastering. The end result is the excellent debut album. Diane's vocal performane is flawless, the post production not overdone, the song selection perfect. "Teach Me Tonight" is reborn, the song reappears on "Collection." "New York State Of Mind" is second to the original and overlooked for "Collection," it's artistic integrity is vindicated due to its appearance on her "The Very Best Of." A favorite track is "I'll Close My Eyes." The synthesizer is clearly overdubbed to "fill out" the song, but it's not a distraction. Diane's vocal on this particular song is very intimate. "The Very Thought Of You," complete with soft, subdued strings, is a great opener. This album is a great opener for what's been, and is, a marvelous career for a marvelous singer."