Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dianne Reeves - The Palo Alto Sessions 1981-1985 (1996)

Dianne Reeves - The Palo Alto Sessions 1981-1985 (1996)
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Genre ~ Pop-Jazz, Vocal | Label ~ Blue Note

This disc reissues Dianne Reeves' entire 1982 LP Welcome to My Love, plus three tracks from 1985's For Every Heart and one selection from her days as a vocalist with the band Caldera. It contains the first recorded version of her classic "Better Days" and one of the best renditions of the overworked standard "My Funny Valentine" as you're likely to hear. On Welcome, Reeves was exploring the jazz/R&B territory she would claim as her own a decade later. "For Every Heart" was much more commercial, but the three cuts chosen here are worthwhile, especially a duet with Jon Lucien, "Separate Vacations." ~Allmusic

01. Ancient Source (4:26)
02. My Funny Valentine (6:31)
03. Better Days (5:28)
04. Mi Vida (4:02)
05. Hesitations (4:14)
06. Welcome to My Love (6:00)
07. Perfect Love (4:25)
08. Lullaby (7:17)
09. Passageway (4:42)
10. Siren Serenade (3:22)
11. Sitting in Limbo (6:34)
12. Be My Husband (4:03)
13. Separate Vacations (5:58)

Dianne Reeves - vocals on all tracks

Ernie Watts, Don Menza - saxophones
Steve Tavaglione - flutes, saxophones
Charlie Davis, Larry Hall - trumpets
Jon Bonine, Bruce Paulson - trombones
Eduardo Del Barrio - acoustic & electric pianos, synthesizers
Larry Dunn - synthesizers
Billy Childs - piano & synthesizers
Richard Cummings - keyboards
Jorge Strunz, Nick Kirgo, Dan Carillo - guitars
Charles Veal Jr., Jeremy Cohen - violins
Linda Lipsett, Barbara Thomason - violas
Nancy Stein - cello
Billy Carroll - electric bass
Larry Klein - electric & acoustic bass
Angus Nunes - bass
Carlos Vega, Joe Heredia, Harvey Mason, Kenwood Dennard - drums
Hector Andrade - timbales, congas, percussions
Mika "Baiano" Azevedo - congas and percussions
Luis Conte, Neil Clarke - percussion
John Lucien - additional vocals (on #13 only)

Recorded between 1981-1985
Produced for release by Dianne Reeves

Tracks #1-10; recorded and mixed at Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles
Engineered by Bernie Kirsch and Eric Westfall
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios

Tracks #11-13; recorded at Greene Street Recordings, Evergreen Studio, Enactron/Magnolia Studios, Mountain Ears Studio
Engineered by Bob Burnham
Mixed at Colorado Sound and Magnolia Studios; by Bob Burnham and Richard Cummins
Mastered by Steve Hall at Future Disc Systems, Hollwood

Design: Red Herring Design
Liner Notes: Herb Wong