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Diane Schuur, Live in London

Diane Schuur first made it big at the 1975 Montreal Jazz Festival. It was there where she met legendary tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who became one of her biggest fans and a mentor. Since then, Schuur has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and has won twice for “Best Jazz Vocalist.” Live in London features Schuur’s three and a half-octave vocal range and breezy piano, backed by a rhythm section which includes Scott Steed on bass, Rod Fleeman on guitar and Reggie Jackson on drums. Together, Schuur and the band swing with expert precision as they showcase their passion for smooth-jazz ballads (“Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “I’ll Close My Eyes”), be-bop dance numbers (“Deedles’ Blues,” “Besame Mucho”) and Latino-flavoured salsa (“Close Enough For Love,” “Poinciana”). Though the band is in full force, it is Schuur’s amazing voice that steals the show, especially in her vulnerable rendition of album closer, “Over the Rainbow.” Recorded at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Live in London is a terrific snapshot of Schuur’s intimate and engaging contemporary jazz. Essential. (GR2 Classics)

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