Monday, April 14, 2008

Dianne Reeves - Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Those of you interested in the more traditional forms of jazz from the 1940s and 1950s will find a lot to like about jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and this superb movie soundtrack album, Good Night, and Good Luck. The accompanying band, featuring two excellent instrumentalists, saxophonist Matt Catingub and pianist Peter Martin, was born to play in the smoky jazz clubs the mood of this CD evokes. Reeves' voice, the band, and the arrangements, complement each other nicely.

All of the songs were selected by the movie's producer, George Clooney, who wisely included many top notch jazz classics such as Nat King Cole's "Straighten Up And Fly Right," Frank Sinatra's "One For The Road," and Duke Ellington's "Solitude."

I'll leave it to the movie and jazz fans to determine how the music fits in with the plot line of this historically important film. After listening to it one will realize there is no need to even see the film to enjoy the music because the songs stand on their own merit.

Simply put "Good Night, and Good Luck" is one of the best vocal jazz albums I have ever heard.

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