Fine and Mellow
There are quite a few vocalists and singers out there trying to capture the magical sound of the small combo pop-jazz that emerged after the demise of the big bands. The pinnacle, of course, are the two albums Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong recorded in the late 50s with the Oscar Peterson trio and Buddy Rich: Ella and Louis and Ella and Louis Again. This soundtrack is not in that league. But it is graced by the deliciously savory voice of Dianne Reeves, possibly the best jazz singer out there these days. And it's good to know that someone is still reaching for the heights, instead of just fooling all those nice people laptop-tapping away at Starbucks.