In a welcome announcement, Concord Records has just disclosed that on February 11, 2014, it will release an album by one of the world’s preeminent jazz singers, Dianne Reeves. Titled Beautiful Life, the record will be Reeves first release on the Concord imprint and her first release of an album on any imprint in five years. According to the press release announcing the news, the album will showcase “Reeves’ sublime gifts by melding elements of R&B, Latin and pop within the framework of 21st-century jazz.”
Want some more press release? Here ya go:
“There should be no overlooking Beautiful Life, a journey of 12 songs which includes singularly memorable covers of Bob Marley’s ‘Waiting in Vain,’ Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams,’ Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Want You’ and Ani DiFranco’s self-empowering ‘32 Flavors.’ Included in the rest of the tracks, which cover the spectrum from jazz to soul, are two new songs, ‘Cold’ and ‘Satiated,’ which are emotionally volcanic. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life features an all-star cast that includes bassists Esperanza Spalding and Richard Bona, vocalists Gregory Porter and Lalah Hathaway, pianists Robert Glasper and Gerald Clayton, and Reeves’ cousin and frequent longtime collaborator George Duke.”
OK, now you know as much about this release as we do … which really isn’t much. Regardless, isn’t it nice to know that a new batch of Dianne Reeves songs will soon be on the market? Yes, that is nice.
In other Reeves-related news, along with Eddie Palmieri and Kenny Garrett, she’ll be one of the featured performers at the 2nd Annual Exit O International Jazz Festival, which will take place in Cape May, New Jersey, from November 8 to 10. This festival is the brain child of Michael Kline, who returned from New Orleans with his family to his boyhood summer home of Cape May in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Big Easy.
Kline’s hoping to replicate the success he had last year with the inaugural staging of the Exit O Festival (named for the exit on the New Jersey Turnpike that leads to Cape May), when more than 2,000 spectators turned out for 40 shows by 100 artists in seven venues.