Ever eclectic, Dianne Reeves is as likely to sing Cole Porter as to cover Stevie Wonder. This time she gets intimate. With Moonlight Reeves renews 10 love songs of yesteryear with the help of a superb trio on piano, bass and drums. Their uncluttered interpretations of familiar tunes sparkle.
Her restraint rewards. A simple acoustic guitar (played by Romero Lubambo) and a slow tempo turn the nightlife toast "Lullaby of Broadway" into a bedtime story. And the lyrics of "Loads of Love"–"I just want money, good conversation and loads of lovely love"–put a dose of sass on top of a simple walking bass line. Good thing. Reeves's bright voice has a presence as aggressive as Mike Tyson's fists. Her power, intensity and skill are always apparent. Moonlight will leave you beaming.