The Grand Encounter

The Grand Encounter

by Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves

CD(German Import)

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This CD could have been titled Finally! Dianne Reeves has long had the potential to be the top female jazz singer, but so many of her previous recordings were erratic as she skipped back and forth between idioms without committing herself. However, after years of flirting with jazz and being seemingly undecided whether she would rather be a pop star, she at last came out with a full jazz album in 1996, and it is a gem. The supporting cast on the ten selections (which feature different personnel on each cut) is remarkable and everyone gets a chance to play: trumpeters Clark Terry and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoists Phil Woods and Bobby Watson, tenorman James Moody, trombonist Al Grey, harmonica great Toots Thielemans (on "Besame Mucho"), pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Rodney Whitaker, and drummer Herlin Riley. In addition, Joe Williams shares the vocal spotlight on "Let Me Love You" and a touching version of "Tenderly," Germaine Bazzle sings along with Reeves on "Side by Side," and a rendition of Charlie Ventura's "Ha!" has a vocal group consisting of Reeves, Bazzle, Terry, Moody, and the young Kimberley Longstreth. Other highlights include Nat Adderley's "Old Country," "Some Other Spring," and "Cherokee." Despite the heavy "competition," the leader emerges as the star of the set due to her beautiful voice and highly expressive singing. This highly recommended CD is the Dianne Reeves release to get.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/1996
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724383826827
catalogNumber: 38268
Rank: 72395

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dianne Reeves   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Grey   Trombone
James Moody   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Bobby Watson   Alto Saxophone
Joe Williams   Vocals
Herlin Riley   Drums
Kenny Barron   Piano
Germaine Bazzle   Vocals
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Vocals
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Rodney Whitaker   Bass
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Kimberley Longstreth   Vocals

Technical Credits

David Torkanowsky   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Kenwood Dennard   Arranger
Eduardo del Barrio   Arranger
Roger Holmes   Arranger,Contributor,Arrangement Transcription
Dianne Reeves   Arranger
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Bruce Lundvall   Executive Producer
Darcy Cloutier-Fernald   Art Direction
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer
Eddie Del Barrio   Composer

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