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Palo Alto Sessions
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
This CD compiles music recorded for the Palo Alto Jazz label in the early years of Dianne Reeves's career, including her first album, Welcome to My Love from 1982, along with three tracks from 1985's For Every Heart and a ... more »
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This CD compiles music recorded for the Palo Alto Jazz label in the early years of Dianne Reeves's career, including her first album, Welcome to My Love from 1982, along with three tracks from 1985's For Every Heart and a guest appearance with the Latin band Caldera on "Ancient Source." It's the sound of a supremely talented young singer that makes the material interesting, from the R&B roots of "Welcome to My Love" to the lilting, flute-like passages of "Lullaby." Along the way there's a brilliant rendering of the standard "My Funny Valentine," highlighted by Reeves's stunning control of sustained high notes and ever-shifting inflections. The set suffers some from overproduction, with Reeves frequently providing her own backup vocals, but there's enough raw energy and talent in her performance to make this superior smooth jazz. --Stuart Broomer
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Baby, she's come a long way.
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a big fan of Dianne Reeves recent work, and a frequent visitor to her live shows, I thought it would be interesting to listen to some of her earlier recordings. My, how she's grown and improved. Dianne's voice and style in Palo Alto Session are instantly recognizable, but with only a shadow of the control and subtlety she now possesses. And then there's her choice of material and back-up musicians: she's maybe the best in the business now, but listening to the cheezy fusion-flavored accompaniment on this CD is almost painful. Palo Alto Sessions is a fascinating snapshot of a great singer in her formative years, but if you want to hear Dianne Reeves at her best, get "That Day"."
A great voice
firstname.lastname@example.org | usa | 01/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"she has a strong quality in her voice.so much richness and depth.better days,welcome to my love, and the other great tracks showcase a powerful talent that deserves more respect.this is very essential."
I Love It! - It's Diane live with a band that wont quit!
email@example.com | 09/13/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Diane Reeve's fan or not you'll love this disk full of Groove-lockin' tracks that showcase Reeve's God given talent for mixin'just the right combination of Jazz and R&B. Band features star keyboardist Eddie Delbario who's Latin flavor you taste on every track. I just picked this CD up in July of '98, and I tell ya' I enjoyed it like it was written, produced and recorded yesterday! Give it try. . . makes and execellent addition to music collection."