Dianne Reeves Shines at Playboy Jazz Festival

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Tuesday June 14, 2011

From the LA Times

Jazz review: Day 1 of the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl
By Chris Barton

Because as a jazz festival Playboy has long been less of a top-to-bottom survey of where the music is and where it’s headed than it is a massive annual party thrown in its honor, and Playboy’s musical approach remains as gleefully diverse as its crowd.

In her eighth festival appearance Saturday, singer Dianne Reeves was a breezily elegant representative from the jazz vocal tradition in a set highlighted by a richly contemplative take on the late Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away” as the sun fell behind the trees. Reeves also flexed an ability to cast a wide net into new territory with a crackling cover of Ani DiFranco’s sassy “32 Flavors” and a set-closing romp through Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”

Read the entire review here