Dianne Reeves (Blue Note)
Recorded with a live 42-piece orchestra in a scant four days, The Calling has the immediacy and intimacy of a late-night supper club. And that’s the perfect setting for Reeves’s warm, expressive vocalizing. On her 11th album the sublime jazzist, who got her start as a teenager singing with trumpet great Clark Terry, pays homage to Sarah Vaughan, whom she cites as her inspiration. Revisiting nine songs associated with Vaughan as well as two new tunes written for this project, Reeves glides and swings along with the finger-popping arrangement on the classic “Lullaby of Birdland.” On “Embraceable You” she delivers an open-hearted ode to romance that smolders and seduces. With this album Reeves revives interest in one of jazz’s greatest singers, and she establishes herself as one of her mentor’s rightful heirs.
Bottom Line: A lush and loving tribute to a legend