Someone to live for
Beg, steal, and die for
Eat humble pie for
Fly to the sun and the moon and the sky for
Someone to dance with
Laugh with and cry for
And that someone is you...
Just the words from "I'm All Smiles" sets the mood for romance but add to that Dianne Reeves passionately singing and scatting this tune and it raises the romance to another level. This is my favorite track from her new Blue Note release, A Little Moonlight, which contains 10 songs drenched in love.
Dianne brings warmth, beauty, and grace to each lush note of these classic gems. I first heard the opening track "Loads of Love" on an early Shirley Horn album. "I want my dinner, some smart conversation, and loads of lovely love." Now those are words to live by and Dianne delivers them quite well. Her fervent reading of "I Concentrate on You" has a bossa nova flavor. She is full of wise on "Reflections" as she poignantly reflects on her life and the lessons she has learned along the way. She calls on the "Skylark" to lead her heart to the love it has lost. Her beautiful phrasing tugs at your heart. She brings the tempo up and scats in her playful rendition of the title track, "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" and then simmers down with "Darn That Dream" which features Romero Lubambo on solo acoustic guitar caressing her every note. He also joins her on the sweet "Lullaby of Broadway."
She lovingly smolders on the wistful "You Go to My Head" as trumpeter Nicholas Payton adds just the right touches to this romantic melody. She closes out with a promise to return on "We'll Be Together Again" and that is enough to keep us enchanted forever. Carefully crafting their notes and rhythms to accompany to her to perfection are Peter Martin on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.
Continuing to smile....
I have had the pleasure of seeing Dianne Reeves three times in concert but this night was extra special. The lights were low, the mood was just right, romance was in the air, and the couples were cozy as Dianne looked radiant and crooned majestically throughout the evening.