Marvin Wears A Different Coat

A tribute to one of the most gifted, visionary, and enduring talents ever launched into orbit by the Motown hit machine:

Marvin Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music. Moving from lean, powerful R&B to stylish, sophisticated soul to finally arrive at an intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression, his work not only redefined soul music as a creative force but also expanded its impact as an agent for social change.” (Jason Ankeny)

'I want you' by Dianne Reeves is from 'Beautiful life', her new album:

"Dianne Reeves has been one of the top singers in jazz ever since the late '80s. A logical successor to Dinah Washington and Carmen McRae (although even she can not reach the impossible heights of Ella and Sarah Vaughan), Reeves is a superior interpreter of lyrics and a skilled scat singer. She was a talented vocalist with an attractive voice even as a teenager when she sang and recorded with her high school band. She was encouraged by Clark Terry, who had her perform with him while she a college student at the University of Colorado.

There have been many times when Reeves has explored music beyond jazz. She did session work in Los Angeles starting in 1976, toured with Caldera, worked with Sergio Mendes in 1981, and toured with Harry Belafonte during 1983-1986. Reeves began recording as a leader in 1982 and became a regular at major jazz festivals. Her earlier recordings tended to be quite eclectic and many of her live performances have included original African-inspired folk music (which is often autobiographical), world music, and pop.

However, after signing with Blue Note in 1987, and particularly since 1994, Reeves has found her place in jazz, recording several classic albums along the way, most notably I Remember, The Grand Encounter, The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan, and A Little Moonlight. In 2005, she appeared onscreen singing '50s standards in the George Clooney film Good Night, and Good Luck. When You Know was released in 2008. Reeves is at her best performing swinging jazz live. And her musical introduction of her band (which can be lengthy, witty, and full of inspired scatting) is sometimes nearly as memorable as the music. She is always capable of greatness." (Quotes:



The Durutti Column – The Truth (2010)
The Impressions – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (1971)
Quincy Jones & His Orchestra – Ain't That Peculiar (1965)
Ike & Tina Turner – I Heard It Trough The Grapevine (1969)
Mongo Santamaria – Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (1969)
The Funk Brothers – Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1960s)
Gato Barbieri – Latin Reaction (1977)
Fred Wesley & The JB's – You Sure Love To Ball (1974)
Leon Ware – I Wanna Be Where You Are (1976)
Grover Washington, Jr. – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (1972)
The Three Degrees – Distant Lover (1975)
Stanley Turrentine – I Want You (1976)
Dianne Reeves – I Want You (2013)
David Fathead Newman – Distant Lover (1978)
Quincy Jones – What's Going On (1971)
Tom Scott & The L.A. Express – Gotta Give It Up (1996)
James Last – Inner City Blues (1971)


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