Diane Schuur, who has collaborated with the likes of B.B. King, Stan Getz, the Count Basie Orchestra, and Ray Charles, first made major waves in the jazz world with her stirring interpretation of “Amazing Grace” at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1979. Following a televised gig at the White House in 1982, Schuur’s career was truly off and running.
A disciple of Dinah Washington and the jazz of her parent’s generation, Diane also embraces the pop stylings of her own youth during the late 50s and 60s. When selecting tracks for this installment of “What’s on Your Playlist?” Schuur found it difficult to restrict herself to only 10 choices she even found it a challenge to keep her choices limited to “traditional” songs: “I also love old TV themes, including Lost in Space, Route 66, Dallas, Get Smart and the theme from Lassie. I could go on for days [choosing favorite songs and albums] because there’s so much music that’s accumulated in my brain over a lifetime!”
Diane Schuur looks to add to her already impressive achievements as a recording artist a resume that includes three Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards with her newest collection, Some Other Time (Concord).
1. What a Difference a Day Makes Dinah Washington
The reason I love this particular album so much is her mastery of a poignant lyric and melodic phrasing.
2. After Hours Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan’s After Hours album is stunning and her version of “Just Friends” is simply heartbreaking.
3. Concerto for my Love George Shearing
This album is simply exquisite! The string ensemble and the rest of the orchestra bring it together in such a wonderful way. My favorite tune on this collection is “Love Letters,” which was also one of my mother’s favorite songs when she was alive.
4. Focus Stan Getz
One of my favorite Stan Getz albums is entitled Focus, and the tune I love best on it is called “Her,” which is a tribute to his mother.
5. “Golden Years” David Bowie
I have eclectic taste in music, which goes beyond jazz into pop and rock roll. I love David Bowie’s “Golden Years” because it reminds me of the time period when my sister and her then-future husband Donald were dating.
6. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Diana Ross
I dig the Motown sound, and one of my favorite songs from that time frame is Diana Ross’s version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
7. Tapestry Carol King
I love Carol King’s album Tapestry, particularly the song, “It’s too Late.”
8. Days of Future Past Moody Blues
Another favorite album of mine is the Moody Blues masterpiece Days of Future Past, and I love “Tuesday Afternoon” because of its rocking rhythm in the middle of the tune.
9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John
“Going toward the rock era, I love Elton John. His album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is another of my favorites, and I love an obscure tune called, “All the Young Girls Love Alice.”
10. Drive Sarah Brightman
This is one of my favorite Sarah Brightman CDs and one of my favorite selections from that album is “Once in a Lifetime.”