Dianne Reeves sounds relaxed and happy. A few months of vegging out at home can do wonders for anyone’s state of mind, even a dedicated road warrior such as Reeves. “I’m savoring my last weeks here in Denver before going out on tour to support the new album,” she says by phone from her Colorado home.
Despite her calm manner, however, and despite the busy sounds of family life in the background, there’s an undertone of excitement in Reeves’ voice. And it doesn’t take long to determine the cause, as our conversation quickly makes a beeline to the new album she refers to: When You Know (Blue Note), her first since the 2005 soundtrack from the film Good Night, and Good Luck. “But the last album that I really, really did before this,” she adds, “was A Little Moonlight with Arif Mardin.”