JazzTimes - p.96
"Her 'Close Enough For Love' conjures precisely the right note of mystery..."
Personnel: Diane Schuur (vocals, background vocals); Diane Schuur; Oscar Stagnaro (bass instrument); Oscar Castro-Neves (guitar); Diego Urcola (trumpet, flugelhorn); Dario Eskenazi (piano); Dave Samuels (vibraphone, marimba); Mark Walker (drums); Robert Quintero (congas, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Geoff Gillette; Yutaka; Oscar Castro-Neves.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Visual Rhythm Studios, Alhambra, CA.
Photographers: Norman Seeff; Dan Steinberg.
Arrangers: Dave Samuels; Oscar Castro-Neves.
Having displayed a knack in the past for reinterpreting both pop and jazz tunes, jazz vocalist Diane Schuur once again succeeds in bringing together an unexpected mix of compositions on Schuur Fire. Featuring the Caribbean Jazz Project, the album finds Schuur's clarion vocals melding nicely with vibist Dave Samuels' superb Latin jazz ensemble -- especially trumpeter Diego Urcola, who takes some tasty solos throughout. To these ends, listeners discover that James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" makes for a comfortable soft jazz number with a nice double-time midsection, and Stevie Wonder's "As" fits perfectly into the uptempo Latin dance style. Interestingly, Sergio Mendes' "Look Around" is given a faithfully retro feel that harks back to such shiny vocal groups as the Free Design. However, nobody but Schuur could have predicted how great Don Gibson's classic country tune "I Can't Stop Loving You" would sound as a samba. ~ Matt Collar