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Dianne Reeves-Good Night, and Good Luck. - Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture (Concord)

"I had written in a piece about music based on my aunt," George Clooney said about his musical inspiration for his film Good Night, and Good Luck.  "We wrote it around the song 'How High the Moon' from the very beginning. Then Grant [co-writer Grant Heslov] and I brought in a bunch of people, that worked with my aunt Rosemary, Allen Sviridoff was her manager who produced a bunch of her albums.  Dianne sent us a video tape of her singing 'How High the Moon.' And we looked at it and we thought, there we go, we got the perfect singer. We shot it all live. None of it is lip synched. Its all done live on film."

So went the genesis of this album.  Like the film that inspired it, Dianne Reeves' soundtrack album is meticulously authentic to the era of Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy.  All of the songs were not only songs that may have been heard on an average day in 1953-1954; they sound as if they were recorded during the era.

Smoothly swung by jazz chanteuse Dianne Reeves, Good Night and Good Luck  is a delicious gumbo of well-known standards and lesser-remembered novelties.  From a sultry rethink of "Straighten Up and Fly Right" to the hushed melodrama of "One For My Baby" to the Latin-tinged pop "Pick Yourself Up" to the jumpin' jive of "TV is the Thing This Year," Reeves and a tasteful combo put together and smoldering old-school jazz and torch album.  (9/05)

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright 2005 PopEntertainment.com All rights reserved. Posted: October 9, 2005.

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Copyright 2005 PopEntertainment.com All rights reserved. Posted: October 9, 2005.