In The Moment, inhabits a symphony of enchanting, vibrant, lush, and spontaneous songs by the remarkable Dianne Reeves. Once you listen, you can’t help but marvel at the virtuous tapestry of tones and colorful phrasings of Ms. Reeves caught live. While in concert, Reeves reaffirms herself presence spiritually by lyrically expanding her unparalleled voice in an evening of astounding songs driven by her indelible vocal artistry. I usually, don’t like to recommend purchasing live recordings. In this case, “In The Moment” is the exception … if by chance you haven’t acquired any of her previous recordings this is without a doubt a wonderful place to begin a magnificent journey that encompasses her unmatched testimony of emotional, poetic, soulful, and complex songs unleashed by her amazing vocal symmetry. ~ The Urban Flux
Dianne Reeves | In The Moment – [Blue Note Records, 2000]Once again Dianne Reeves demonstrates with her music she’s one of a kind, one of the very few vocalist that really say something new and, no matter what the critics say about her not focusing on pure jazz, SHE IS the perfect incarnation of what the spirits of jazz is: challenging the boundaries of music, pursuing freedom,improvisation, cultivating an exquisite taste with a sensibility that goes deep down into gospel, soul, r&b, Afro, reggae to find a reveal new treasures. Above all this, naturally, stands her voice: warm, deep, rich in coulour and expression contralto,a voice guided by a sense of rhythm and technical mastership going from moaning, caressing, soaring, roaring, culminating with an ability to scat that leaves you speechless. This time Diane’s been caught in the rapture of a live performance, possibly her best dimension. She sing her heart out and kills you with a brilliant Brazilian trip: the acoustic reading of “Triste” is magnificent, matched by Nacimentos’ “Bridges” that is already “the definitive cover” of this beautiful song. Then, she and her extraordinary band sweep you away with a salsa-Latin flavoured “Love for sale” that will have even Cole Porter surely nodding with satisfaction from high above. What a voyage.. and then he comes George Duke playing the piano and dressing an old Dianne’s hit “Come in” new, soulful and smooth and caressing and… beautiful… Each of the the songs of this superb set are simply stunning: a perfect collection to appreciate the art of Dianne Reeves, indeed.
After her first, sensational “New Morning” live in Paris, this is the second chance to travel on the wings of real live jazz with one of the truest and best artists on the music scene today : when you’re done, you just want to stand up and cry: Bravissima Dianne! —Roberto Ballati