The Jazzcat

Dianne Reeves at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara

by on Dec.10, 2007, under News


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Dianne Reeves is a phenomenal singer and one extraordinary

human being. Her sound and soul originates from real human emotions,

experiences and the spirit within before blossoming into multi-octave vibrations

that penetrate, communicate and cognitively sync with ours. We are really one

people; one powerful energy that affects each other’s lives through wisdom and

story. Tonight’s concert at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara is special

because it is one of the first times performing with the new band and playing

songs that will soon appear on a brand new recording.


What new recording you might ask? Well, you will soon see

and hear in early 2008 when the project gets released on Blue Note records but

I can tell you with much confidence that you are going to thoroughly enjoy this

music and it will spark many good times in your memories. I have had the

wonderful privilege of personally being there in the mix to witness and be

apart of the rehearsal and recording process from its inception and when

talented musicians come together in an organic environment, each putting their

style and creative twist on the music, you know that “Today Will Be a Good



With tonight’s performance as well as the entire recording

process, one thing I notice is that the common denominator amongst every

environment is good vibes, good food, integrity, respect and most of all a

relaxed sense of fun around the music. This is exactly what is expressed on

stage and why the audience downloads the same a jovial buzz to store on their

internal hard drives.


Earlier this year, Dianne went out and toured Europe with

just her and two guitars, Romero Lubambo and Russell Malone. The combination

can be intoxicatingly romantic and intimate or switch to the happiness of the

blues in a split second. The sound becomes so much bigger when you add the rest

of the rhythm and with cats like Reginald Veal and Greg Hutchinson providing

the funky bottom and time, the music can be light hearted, driving, rooted and



The recording is even bigger than that! It will feature the

cats I just mentioned plus the playing of Billy Childs, George Duke, Geoff

Keezer, Ruben Rogers, Antonio Sanchez, Steve Wilson, some arrangements with

strings, children and even tunes done in other romantic languages! I know it is

a bit unfair not to mention the names of some of the songs performed but, many

of them will be on the new recording and I don’t want to spoil your fun!


The audience at the Lobero Theater generally skewed more

toward wisdom than youth but you would not know that from the screams and

applause for an encore. I was enlightened by the enthusiasm and had a new found

respect for a community that seems to thrive on the arts. At the end of the

performance, I went to help Myra sell Dianne’s CD’s from a small table at the

front of the hall. It was packed and so many people purchased the music and

when you look at them all together, Dianne has quite an arsenal of recordings.

One guy said, “ I will take one of everything”!


Click Image above for Live interview during recording session


After a full day wonderful of music, Dianne, Russell and I

traveled back to Los Angeles in the bliss of peace riding on the energy of

another successful, uplifting, soulful, spirit nurturing musical experience.

The record release concert performance will be at the Apollo Theater in Harlem

on Valentines Day in 2008; I suspect I will see you there!


LeRoy Downs

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