Eyes closed, I reached out to my music library and picked out this little gem. Dianne Reeves singing love songs in a tasteful array of genres.
Dianne Reeves has always been that singer that if you knew her personally, you would probably solicit her to sing all of your favorite songs. She just has that kind of voice that makes you want to hear her interpret anything…and she actually can. Produced by George Duke, When You Know (Blue Note) is Valentine’s Day on disc. With arrangements from Duke and Billy Childs, it’s hard to go wrong. The album is well composed, with R&B classics like The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” and Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You,” Jobim’s “Once I Loved” and American Songbook classics from Alan and Marilyn Bergman, for example. Reeves is no stranger to singing repertoire out of the jazz box (think her 90s album, Quiet After the Storm, for example) but her robust yet sweet voice singing love songs, is especially inviting.
She is neither trying to reinvent the wheel nor is she doing a carbon-copy dealie (a pet peeve of mine. Why re-make a song exactly the way it’s already been done?). Her re-interpretations are worthwhile.
Caution: may result in some romance <3