Linda Sanders
March 01, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

Pure Schuur

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Diane Schuur
Producers
GRP
genre
Jazz, Pop
We gave it a B

Jazz vocalist Diane Schuur can frequently be found on The Tonight Show, singing standards with Doc and the boys. And rightly so: As her sixth GRP album demonstrates, good-natured studio-cat jazz is what this two-time Grammy winner does best. On Pure Schuur, both contemporary ballads and classics like ”Unforgettable” get the full benefit of her powerful pipes (lush in mid-range if a bit howly on top). A great vocal stylist she’s not: The subtle, insouciant phrasing, icy virtuosity, and/or raw emotionalism of the great jazz divas is conspicuously absent here. What you get instead is straight, honest singing, and if it’s not exactly Sarah Vaughan, it ain’t chopped liver, either. B

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