Singer Dianne Reeves has been in the studio recording the follow-up to The Calling, her 2001 tribute to Sarah Vaughan. It’s said to be an album of “intimate jazz material,” with producer Arif Mardin at the helm of the project, a Blue Note affair. Mardin was responsible for producing hits for Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees and, more recently, Norah Jones, who also records for Blue Note. We haven’t received a full track list, but Reeves’ new disc, A Little Moonlight, includes 11 tunes that range from standards like “Skylark,” “Darn that Dream” and “You Go to My Head” to more modern songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Make Sure You’re Sure.” Bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Greg Hutchinson and pianist Peter Martin, who currently support Reeves on the road, all appear on the forthcoming disc, as well as special guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton and guest guitarist Romero Lubambo. The album will be released August 5, 2003. Until then, try and catch Reeves on tour: dates.
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