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“This is an authentic crossover album in which Schuur shuns obvious gimmicks like singing with a twang or using pedal steel guitar. Country fans should enjoy hearing favorite songs performed by a singer with jazz sensibilities, while jazz aficionados might gain new appreciation for country songwriting.”
Associated Press


”Schuur’s voice is, to put it very mildly, beautiful. She has a vocal range that can deliver low, grumbly laments and high, crooning wails with equal effectiveness, and wonderful vibrato. Schuur’s latest album, The Gathering puts all those skills to good use……The Gathering is a treat for anyone who’s a fan of classic, elegant jazz (or country, or pianists)”.
CMJ


”Diane Schuur launched her career as a teenager with a hit country single. Now the Auburn-bred jazz diva has doubled back to her roots with an album so pure, so emotionally true, so sweetly satisfying, it makes you wonder why she ever changed course.”
The Seattle Times


“Five Stars……Schuur removes the twang and plays the songs in a smart, straight-ahead manner that showcases her impressive voice and the strength of the lyrics. It's similar to what Ray Charles' achieved on his classic Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.
Jazz Review



“..The Gathering, is a labor of love for the critically acclaimed artist. It features breathtaking jazz arrangements of a collection of country classics penned by such legendary writers as Merle Haggard, Hank Cochran, Dallas Frazier, Red Lane, and Kris Kristofferson”
The Country Weekly

 

  "The result of this gathering of classic songs and artists is an album of surprising warmth and emotion. Schuur’s inner Patsy Cline is evident on the song “Why Can’t He Be You” (actually a Hank Cochran song); and her jazzy side comes through on the poignant “Today I Started Loving You Again,” which features Gill on harmony vocals.”
The Seattle Post Intelligencer


“Gathering” is the next evolutionary step forward. This renewed take on life is easily heard during “Gathering”, which will undoubtedly impress in regards to the intricate arrangements and tremendous vocal delivery that are commonplace here.”
NeuFutur Magazine


"The best jazz album you hear this year might actually be a country record-and vice versa….Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me” and Willie Nelson’s “Healing Hands of Time” reveal new emotional and musical secrets in Schuur’s capable hands.”
AARP The Magazine


“It would, after 19 previous albums and two Grammy awards, be presumptuous to suggest that Diane Schuur has finally found her niche. Still, there’s no denying that this 10-track collection of classic country tunes, each wrapped in an understated jazz arrangement, represents Schuur at her absolute best.”
Jazz Times

 
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