Stereo Review (3/94, p.98) - Performance: Beguiling / Recording: Good - "...you won't find a more enjoyable Dee Dee Bridgewater album than this one..."
Personnel: Dee Dee Bridgewater (vocals), Thierry Eliez (piano), Hein Van De Geyn (bass), Andre "Dede" Ceccarelli (drums).
Recorded at Plus XXX Studios, Paris, France on December 8-10, 1992. Includes liner notes by Claude Carriere.
KEEPING TRADITION was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
After performing a wide variety of music (much of it commercial) for 15 years, in the mid-'80s Dee Dee Bridgewater returned to jazz. The highly appealing vocalist, although still involved in theater work and other areas of music, has mostly recorded straight-ahead jazz ever since. KEEPING TRADITION (with her regular French quartet) has Bridgewater exploring and swinging some of her favorite standards, making such veteran songs as "Just One of Those Things," "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Autumn Leaves," and "Lullaby of Birdland" sound fresh and new. Bridgewater's next project would be a set of Horace Silver songs, and two of the pianist's originals ("Love Vibrations" and "Sister Sadie") are included and point toward the singer's future.