Title - 'Running on Faith'
Artist - Diane Schuur
For those not in the know, Tacoma-born, two-time Grammy-winning vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is about to shake things up with her new versions of songs for which she has a deep-rooted affection.
On her upcoming new album Running on Faith (due out May 8th, 2020 via Jazzheads Records), and her first set of new recordings in six years, Schuur arranges music by some of her favorite performers and songwriters; from Miles Davis to Percy Mayfield to Paul Simon, all with her distinctive, jazzy charm.
"For the first time in my recording career, I chose all the compositions for this album," Schuur reveals. "I've been focusing on the condition of our world, about what is, about what can be," she adds.
1. 'Walking On a Tightrope'
2. 'The Danger Zone'
3. 'All Blues'
4. 'Something So Right'
5. 'Let It Be'
6. 'The Sun Will Shine on You'
7. 'Everybody Looks Good at the Starting Line'
8. 'There Is Always One More Time'
10. 'This Bitter Earth'
11. 'Running on Faith'
12. 'Way Over Yonder'
13. 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot'
Opening with the light and breezy bliss of Percy Mayfield's 'Walking On a Tightrope' she then backs that up with the laid back, almost horizontal tones of 'The Danger Zone.'
Some gentle finger-snappin' is brought forth on Miles Davis' 'All Blues' before the quietly sumptuous piano ballads 'Something So Right' (Paul Simon), the Beatles' 'Let It Be,' and a lush 'The Sun Will Shine on You' (Jeff Lynne) are brought forth.
Counted in, we next get the upbeat, saxolicious swing of 'Everybody Looks Good at the Starting Line,' which she follows with another piano ballad in 'There Is Always One More Time,' and then come the funky horns of 'Chicken' (her homage to Jaco Pastorious).
Blind since birth, Schuur's strength as a pianist matches her power as a vocalist, as she incorporates blues, gospel, straight-ahead jazz, and more here on this quite stunning new album.
A righteous prime example of her vocal expertise is up next on Dinah Washington's mournful 'This Bitter Earth' which is, in my humble opinion, one of the stand out tracks here for its depth and vocalized expressions.
The album then rounds out with the melodic key work of Eric Clapton's 'Running on Faith,' the lo-fi storytelling of 'Way Over Yonder,' and then comes to a close with a simply magnificent piano-only rendition of 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot.'