The Delicious Soulfulness of Dianne Reeves

July 29, 2014 2:16 PM

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The Delicious Soulfulness of Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves oozes earth-deep soulfulness. Everything about her - from the way she sings to the way she speaks - is soulful. Warmth, diamond-like precision and generosity, in her music and in her approach to the world at large, make her the sort of artist that is a delight to hang out with. This is important to Reeves' appeal. She can sing up and down the scales, interpret any song in a style that will stun you and still keep it real. What makes Dianne Reeves so mesmeric is the humility that underscores the mastery.

Conversations about jazz masters tend to have a masculine cadence. Dizzy Gillespie, Monk and Miles Davis are rightly spoken of in breathless tones. Even Nina Simone, who viewed the world through a womanist lens, often spoke only of men when discussing masters. Female jazz musicians are deemed divas ...

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