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Dianne Reeves (born 23 October 1956) is an American jazz singer, known for her live performances as much as her albums. She is considered one of the most important contemporary jazz singers.
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  • Audio CD (19 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000056NVB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan catches the many moods of the legendary jazz singer who became known simply as Sassy. On well-known tunes like "Lullaby of Birdland" Reeves summons Sassy's ghost with familiar phrasing and a majestic, powerful delivery, but it is on the lesser-known Vaughan numbers that Reeves really excels, making the standards her own. "Obsession" was recorded by Vaughan on her final album, the 1987 Brazilian Romance, and she soars grandly over surging orchestral accompaniment. She then changes mood with an intimate cocktail version of "If You Could See Me Now" that includes a graceful piano solo by Mulgrew Miller. "I Remember Sarah" recalls the self-involved "The First Five Chapters" from Reeves's In the Moment album, but again, the outstanding full orchestra (featuring Billy Childs, Greg Hutchinson, Russell Malone and George Duke) is so inspired and lush that it's impossible to remain unmoved. Reeves also offers a splendid Afro-Cuban version of "Fascinatin' Rhythm". Other Vaughan favourites include a lusciously swinging reading of "Key Largo" and a delightful take on "I Hadn't Anyone Till You", with Clark Terry making a humorous cameo. Reeves is obviously no Sarah Vaughan clone, but by surrounding herself with gloriously realised orchestral accompaniment and Sassy's indelible songs, she both pays respect and sets herself apart. --Ken Micallef

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
One of the brightest stars of the current roster, on the classic blue note label. Dianne Reeves celebrating Sarah Vaughan. Here you have one of the best voices of the present paying tribute to one of the all time greats. Consisting of eleven tracks, 10 made famous by Sarah the other Dianne's very own personal tribute. Just like Sarah, Dianne "Jazz singer" is only a nominal title, they both truly defy categorization.
Personal Standouts are Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm", "speak low" and let me know if you find a better version of the cheesy "send in the clowns".
As a fan of Dianne, this album has started an interest in the great Sarah Vaughan. I would recommend this album strongly to anyone with an interest in either singer.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Send in Dianne Reeves - tribute to "The Divine One"! 14 Feb 2001
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Be prepared to have the thrill of your life, as Dianne Reeves takes -
"The Divine One" Sarah Vaughan to the next level. This is one awesome
tribute to an artist who had all the dynamics of what life had to
bring if you were a female singer during those troubled times.

Each one of these jewels spells the haughty or down-home, bossy or
shy, diva-like or painfully insecure, had it all and was really hard
when she had to be, maybe hardest on herself - Sarah Vaughan.
one singer could do her justice - Dianne Reeves, who in her own right
has all the God-given-talent to stand tall in the studio, front of
this magnificent orchestra, delivering effortlessly on each track
flawless performances touching on every phase of Vaughan's
Of course there are stand outs - "LULLABY OF
BIRDLAND" (George Shearing/Forster), classic tune and this
classic interpretation by Dianne..."SEND IN THE CLOWNS"
(Stephen Sondheim), Dianne and Billy Childs pay homage to Sarah
without imitating her, completely reconceived the song, slow dramantic
aria expressing Vaughan's darkest fears..."I HADN'T ANYONE 'TIL
YOU" (Ray Noble), Dianne's sly, sexy vocal, have the low-down
swing of Vaughan's (1981) recording with the Count Basie orchestra -
trumpeter Clark Terry, Dianne's early mentor - adds his familiar
"mumbles" and a one hot solo.
And the the highlight -
"SPEAK LOW" (Kurt Weill/Nash), sensual wordless opening,
completely mesmirizing with haunting over-tones that will stay with
you for a long time.
Hats off to Blue Note Records, George Duke,
Billy Childs, Robert Freedman and to everyone who contributed to this
outstanding album - "The Calling - Celebrating Sarah
Vaughan"...the classic tribute and performances by MISS DIANNE
Total Time: 65:30 on 11 Tracks...Blue Note 7243 5 27694
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By middlemoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing CD - brilliant and heart-wrenching and powerful. From the very first song Dianne puts her unique spin on some of Sarah's best-loved songs, or songs she would've dug in a BIG way, and makes them her own. Dianne sings mostly full-throated, like Sassy - but her ever nimble voice is capable of a LOT more, and out it comes!
The band is magnificent as well. The imaginative arrangements by Billy Childs are reminiscent of Gil Evans's and Gerry Mulligan's work, and Childs takes reharmonization of the old "standards" to a thrilling new place. The two charts by Robert Freedman are fascinating as well - the chart for I HADN'T ANYONE 'TIL YOU being a Neil Hefti-inspired groove ala LIL' DARLIN'. I personally found Clark Terry's mumblings disruptive and unwarranted, but the more I listen, the more I can deal with it.
One could make the case that some of this doesn't really qualify as "jazz", since so much here is NOT improvised - especially the last cut, A CHAMADA, a wordless tone poem - but it sure is great MUSIC! This CD has my vote for Best CD of 2001, so far!!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Nice, but not so Sassy 16 Mar 2001
By "fred_sdt" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While Dianne Reeves is an exceptional singer (near flawless) and can "scat" perhaps better than "Sassy" herself, many of the arrangements on this album left me flat. One of the nicest things about listening to many of the great Sarah Vaughan recordings is that wonderful and intimate "live in the club" sound that even her studio recordings have. On "The Calling" many of the tunes were over processed by the studio, (even most of her breaths are edited out) and include excessive instrumentation that only gets in the way of Dianne Reeves wonderful voice. On some tunes her voice is actually buried by the orchestra's dynamics.
Some of the songs on this CD are not "fresh" or "innovative" versions of Sassy's music. For example, the arrangement of Sarah Vaughan's classic rendition of Lullaby of Birdland is a bit much. The arrangers approach to this tune was to simply take Sarah Vaughans intro scat riff as originally recorded, and literally beat it to death throughout the song. Alright, now everybody say bah ba bah ba bop bop bop do ahhh.....!!!! The CD's big band version of Sarah Vaughan's wonderful and intimate rendition of Key Largo did not do it for me either. Sassy recorded Key Largo with only two (2) instruments, Barney Kessel (guitar), and Joe Comfort (bass). If you like that tune seek out the record " Sarah Plus Two". It is wonderful.
On the tunes Fascinating Rhythm, and Embracable You, Dianne fights back and shows that she really is the one who deserves to wear "Sassy's Crown". On Fascinating Rhythm her scatting is true Sarah Vaughn. Dianne's intimate and romantic approach to Embracable You perhaps surpasses her.
While this CD does not "take Sarah Vaughan to the next level", as one reviewer said, it certainly rates among the best of what is available in jazz today. As a singer, I will always give Dianne Reeves five (5) stars, she is one of the best. The album gets three.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Our Generation's Best Jazz Vocalist 19 Jun 2001
By Christopher J. Falter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dianne Reeves covers an astonishing range of moods and styles in this very impressive recording. Her incredible talent shines through on every song. Her inimitable scat on "Fascinatin' Rhythm" is worth the cost of the album, and the band came through with an inspired performance behind her.
If you are a died-in-the-wool devotee of Sarah Vaughan, as some of the other reviewers of the album obviously are, then you might be disappointed; but if you like great jazz, and are willing to listen with open ears to interesting takes on Sassy's repertoire, you will be delighted by this great work.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Sensational 3 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I went to a concert recently at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (a beautiful hall BTW, arguably moreso than Carnegie) which I had learned Dianne Reeves was scheduled to perform a tribute to Sarah Vaughan, my personal favorite Jazz vocalist of all time. So needless to say, I was very excited for the concert. What I experienced that night was probably the best concert I've ever been to. Dianne at certain times had me convinced Sarah was actually in the building, perhaps singing backstage, and at other times showed us that she was more than just her pseudo-mentor. I, and the rest the audience was in total awe the entire time. I swear my girlfriend was in a daze sometimes and almost cried.
Little did I know that she actually had an album out of most of the same material. While nothing can ever beat live music (especially live Jazz) these arangements still sounds fresh, while paying homage to one of the jazz greats, so it doesn't matter. Overproduced or not, the lushness of "Embraceable You", the hauntingly beautiful "Send in the Clowns", the bossa nova "Key Largo" and the stunning and lively "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Obsession" can't be denied; these are absolutely pristine versions of some of Sarah's greatest songs which don't try to emulate, yet pay their respects at the same time. Once you hear the opening Scat of the first track, "Lullaby of Birdland", perfectly delivered by Dianne, you just know you're in for a good time. It can't be recommended enough.
Even with all the Jane Monheits', Norah Jones' and Diane Kralls' of the jazz world, none can truly touch the overall vocal ability and beauty, musicianship and pure presence that Dianne had that night, and I've seen Jane and Diane live as well. Dianne even sang her "hello" to the audience, I mean how much better can you get? Pure class act. Totally deserving of Sarah. Sassy would be pleased.
Buy this album A.S.A.P.
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