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Thursday, 12 February 2015

2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album: Diane Reeves


Huge "Congratulations!" to Dianne Reeves for scoring the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her excellent release 'Beautiful Life' available on Concord Records.

I've actually had this album myself for only a couple of months and have been playing songs from it incessantly on our weekly show.  'Beautiful Life' really does boast an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians including the incredible Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding, Raul Midon and Robert Glasper; each tackling a number of cover versions including Marvin Gaye's 'I Want You', Bob Marley's 'Waiting in Vain' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams'.

It's an excellent release and we're thrilled for the album's success, but also thrilled for the other albums named within that category: Rene Marie's remarkable release on Motema Records, 'I Wanna Be Evil', has long been a standout for us as well - Marie's tribute to her hero Eartha Kitt features a number of great songs, probably none better than the album's infectious and vibrant title track which definitely deserves your attention.

To toast Dianne Reeves's success though, let's leave you with the aforementioned 'Dreams' featuring Robert Glasper...


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