This is an album to savour for jazz enthusiasts, given that it showcases some popular jazz songs Diane grew up listening to.
It's clear from the outset that Diane Schuur is enjoying the opportunity to revisit such past favourites and there's a warmth and glow to many of the tracks that's difficult to resist - especially in the best known material.
This is a celebration of the jazz form that's equally capable of appealing to long-term fans of the genre as it is to newcomers. Hence, timeless tracks by George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein are delivered with such verve and panache that you'll probably find your head nodding along in appreciation in spite of yourself.
Diane brings maturity, class and no considerable amount of good humour to most of the recordings and ensures that the mix is reflective of the genre as a whole, rather than just the obvious classics.
Diane Schuur's new contribution to the ever-growing number of albums devoted to the Great American Songbook is mostly notable for what it lacks: vocal fireworks.
She handles the challenging material with grace, showcasing her impressive abilities, but never at the expense of the melody.
Her voice is pure, strong and flexible, her band, centred on the versatile piano of Randy Porter, the muscular but sensitive bass playing of Scott Steed, the intelligently judged guitar of Dan Balmer, plus Reggie Jackson on drums, is discreet and sensitive but vigorous and exuberant where appropriate, and the songs constitute Diane's one of strongest recorded set to date.
Needless to say, "Some Other Time" (her Concord Jazz debut) shines brightest when operating on most familiar territory.
It is an engaging listen and provides also perfect laidback Sunday afternoon listening even for people who wouldn't otherwise consider the genre.
Standout tracks : "September in the Rain", which Schuur made when she was 10 years old and a voice-and-guitar arrangement of "Danny Boy".