Picks and Pans Review: Timeless
The passion and control Schuur demonstrated on her first two albums established her among the younger generation's preeminent jazz singers. This aptly titled LP ought to expand that reputation. Her producer, Dave Grusin, has brought in a big band of all-star proportions; saxophonists Tom Scott and Gary Herbig, bassist Chuck Domanico, trombonist Bill Watrous and trumpet player Warren Luening are among the musicians on hand. Saxophonist Stan Getz, one of Schuur's discoverers, also turns up, blowing gorgeous solos on two tracks. The truly decisive ingredient, though, is Grusin's enlistment of four extraordinary arrangers, Jeremy Lubbock, Johnny Mandel, Billy May and Pat Williams, who set Schuur up to go moody as well as swing. May, in particular, is in top form. His charts for Easy To Love, Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me and I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me, full of brassy splash and verve, recall the best work he did with Frank Sinatra. If Schuur herself recalls anyone, it is probably Carmen MacRae. She has a rich, multicolored voice and never calls attention to herself at the expense of the lyrics. (GRP)
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