Diane Schuur hit it big when Stan Getz had eir sing â€œAmazing Graceâ€ at the 1979 version of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Schuuz was invited back in 1988 and 1991, butÂ by that time, eir career had started to take off. To say that Schuur has a voluminous discography would be an understatement; it seems that every 18 or 24 months, there is a new Schuur disc on the market. This is not a case of an individual putting forth drek just to stay in the public eye, either; Schuur was nominated for five different Grammies (1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 1993) and won two of those. The first track on the album is a classic in the musical realm â€“ â€œNice Work If You Can Get Itâ€ â€“ a track that goes back over seventy years to 1937â€™s â€œA Damsel in Distressâ€.
While Schuurâ€™s vocals are powerful and nuanced all at the same time, what really sets the vocals off in a whole other plane is the impressive band of musicians that Schuur has corralled. Randy Porter (pianist) and Don Palmer (guitar) provide the perfect backdrop, one that highlights Schuurâ€™s vocals at all the right times while not overtaking the most nuanced sections of â€œSome Other Timeâ€. Another Gershwin cover presents itself on â€œSome Other Timeâ€, in that â€œIâ€™ve Got Beginnerâ€™s Luckâ€ is revamped by Schuur into something that may just exceed the original. â€œIâ€™ve Got Beginnerâ€™s Luckâ€ also comes from 1937, but Schuur, Porter, and Palmer are able to make it into a vibrant track that fans in 2008 can appreciate. â€œItâ€™s Magicâ€, originally sang by Dinah Washington, is a track that shows that Schuur can really put eir heart out on the line and achieve the same effect that Washington had on audiences so long ago.
Perhaps the most interesting track of all of the 13 cuts on â€œSome Other Timeâ€ has to â€œSeptember In The Rainâ€. During â€œSeptember in the Rainâ€, a 10 year old Schuur shows listeners the nucleus of what would ultimately take the world by storm in the eighties and ineties. While the quality of â€œSeptember in the Rainâ€ is lower due to the source recording, it provides listeners with a sense of how Schuur has expanded and filled out eir sound in the years since that was committed to tape. It may have been a few years since Schuurâ€™s last Grammy nomination, but chances are good that those in power will look to nominate this disc.
Top Tracks: Itâ€™s Magic, My Favorite Things