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The Grand Encounter

Album: The Grand Encounter
# Song Title   Time
1)    Old Country
2)    Cherokee
3)    Besame Mucho - (Spanish)
4)    Let Me Love You
5)    Tenderly
6)    After Hours
7)    Ha!
8)    Some Other Spring
9)    Side by Side
10)    I'm Okay
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Dianne Reeves (vocals); James Moody (vocals, tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (vocals, trumpet); Joe Williams, Germaine Bazzle, Kimberley Longstreth (vocals); Phil Woods, Bobby Watson (alto saxophone); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Al Grey (trombone); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Kenny Barron (piano); Rodney Whittaker (bass); Herlin Riley (drums).
  • Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York, New York from April 4-6, 1996 and Presence Studios, Westport, Connecticut on April 8 & 9, 1996. Includes liner notes by David Torkanowsky.
  • Personnel: Dianne Reeves (vocals); James Moody (vocals, tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (vocals, trumpet); Kimberley Longstreth, Germaine Bazzle, Joe Williams (vocals); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Phil Woods, Bobby Watson (alto saxophone); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Al Grey (trombone); Kenny Barron (piano); Herlin Riley (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: James Farber.
  • Liner Note Author: David Torkanowsky.
  • Recording information: Clinton Studios, N.Y.C., NY (04/04/1996-04/09/1996); Presence Studios, Westport, CT (04/04/1996-04/09/1996).
  • Photographers: Deborah Feingold; Jimmy Katz.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Roger Holmes.
  • Arrangers: David Torkanowsky; Dianne Reeves; Eduardo del Barrio; Kenwood Dennard; Roger Holmes.
  • This CD could have been titled Finally! Dianne Reeves has long had the potential to be the top female jazz singer, but so many of her previous recordings were erratic as she skipped back and forth between idioms without committing herself. However, after years of flirting with jazz and being seemingly undecided whether she would rather be a pop star, she at last came out with a full jazz album in 1996, and it is a gem. The supporting cast on the ten selections (which feature different personnel on each cut) is remarkable and everyone gets a chance to play: trumpeters Clark Terry and Harry "Sweets" Edison, altoists Phil Woods and Bobby Watson, tenorman James Moody, trombonist Al Grey, harmonica great Toots Thielemans (on "Besame Mucho"), pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Rodney Whitaker, and drummer Herlin Riley. In addition, Joe Williams shares the vocal spotlight on "Let Me Love You" and a touching version of "Tenderly," Germaine Bazzle sings along with Reeves on "Side by Side," and a rendition of Charlie Ventura's "Ha!" has a vocal group consisting of Reeves, Bazzle, Terry, Moody, and the young Kimberley Longstreth. Other highlights include Nat Adderley's "Old Country," "Some Other Spring," and "Cherokee." Despite the heavy "competition," the leader emerges as the star of the set due to her beautiful voice and highly expressive singing. This highly recommended CD is the Dianne Reeves release to get. ~ Scott Yanow
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (11/1/96, p.71) - "...On this exceptionally well-produced CD, the contributions by musicians (including saxists Phil Woods and Bobby Watson, and trumpeter Clark Terry) and by guest vocalists (Joe Williams and Germaine Bazzle) are no less intriguing than those of Reeves..." - Rating: B+

JazzTimes (4/97, p.74) - "When riveting Dianne Reeves assembles three generations of colleagues, the result is more than grand, it's grandiose....Reeves is a dazzler on her own; with this aggregation, she's superlative..."

Vibe (11/96, p.142) - "...Reeves's vocals naturally take the lead--the sheer force opens emotional floodgates, and her soul speaks volumes."
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