Diane Schuur The Gathering on LP
Vocal Jazz Legend Goes Country on Scintillating Set of Golden-Era Nashville Gems
Timeless American Vocal Pop: Audiophile Favorite Schuur Croons, Swoons, Dips, and Dives While Playing Acoustic Piano
Guests Alison Krauss, Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill, and Others Lend a Hand
Gorgeous, Natural Sonics: Hear the Body of the Piano, Depth of Schuur's Vocals
Diane Schuur's debut release for Vanguard Records doesn't mess around. A record that presents the iconic jazz vocalist like never before, The Gathering, is unique in both material and style and features special guests Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler, Larry Carlton, and Kirk Whalum. The performances, repertoire, and sonics rank among the best Schuur has ever delivered and enjoyed.
The Gathering is a collection of 10 classic country songs, mostly written during the golden era of the 1960s. This record marks the first time Schuur has tried her hand at Nashville's trademark material. After hearing it, you'll wonder why she hasn't gone this route before. Her warm, plaintive, and elegant singing suits the songs to the proverbial "T," and she brings layers of emotion and perspective to classics that give them new life.
On selections like Willie Nelson’s “Healing Hands of Time,” Roger Miller’s “When Two Worlds Collide,” Merle Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again” and Tammy Wynette’s “Til I Can Make It on My Own,” Schuur’s vocal versatility shines through. As does the playing of her band and instrumentalists like Whalum, who, with Knopfler, gives Nelson's tune colorful melodic outlines.
Indeed, Schuur has hit on something that's neither firmly in the camp of country or pop, but rather something exquisite that places itself in canon of timeless American vocal pop. Get your copy today on this wonderful-sounding analog pressing!
Diane Schuur The Gathering Track Listing:
1. Why Can't He Be You
2. Healing Hands of Time (with Mark Knopfler & Kirk Whalum)
3. Beneath Still Waters
4. Til I Can Make It On My Own
5. Don't Touch Me (with Alison Krauss)
6. Today I Started Loving You Again
7. Til I Get It Right
8. Am I That Easy to Forget
9. When Two Worlds Collide
10. Nobody Wins