A Tale of Two Schuurs / A Poignant Love Letter of Song and Story...Magnificent!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
I Remember You (With Love To Stan and Frank) does not actually make landfall till June 10th. In the day of the digital download and advanced orders there are simply some things too good to wait on just as there are some reviews that write themselves. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of what may well be the best vocal release of the year is that Schuur never forgets the obvious.
Diane Schuur is that rare breed of vocal artist or what I refer to as a harmonic chameleon that can sing anything and is able to deliver unique and incredibly memorable performances each and every time. Of course when you have a band that includes Roni Ben-Hur, Alan Broadbent, Ulysses Owens Jr., Romero Lubambo (3,5) and Ben Wolfe then suddenly the gig gets just a tad easier. Artistic integrity, lyrical respect and the ability to embrace the true meaning of the lyrics and swing of both Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra is a rare gift.
Diane Schuur has aged like fine wine and with age comes wisdom and the ability to not simply sing the words but make the music and oh what music! S'Wonderful, I've Got You Under My Skin, and Here's That Rainy Day are but a handful of memories reborn in the hands of perhaps the most gifted vocalist in the last thirty years.
You never review brilliance, you celebrate brilliance.
I Remember You is a triumphant celebration of life, love, and music. You can't get much better than that!
Tracks: S'Wonderful; Nice 'n' Easy; Watch What Happens; I've Got You Under My Skin; How Insensitive; Here's That Rainy Day; Didn't We; I Remember You; I Get Along Without You - Don't Worry Bout Me; The Second Time Around; For Once In My Life.