Californian whose sensual, ethereal piano & guitar compositions explore spiritual and emotional realms.
Diane Ducret livre un essai instructif sur l'Histoire du sexe féminin de l'Antiquité au XXIe siècle. D'un ton enlevé, elle n'élude aucun tabou. Depuis la nuit des temps, il est l'objet de tous les fantasmes et de toutes les abominations : le sexe féminin, ce "continent noir", selon Freud, méritait d'être exploré à l'aune de l'Histoire comme s'y emploie Diane Ducret avec talent dans cet essai costaud, sérieusement documenté, riche en anecdotes édifiantes. (Delphine Peras - L'Express, décembre 2014)
Diane Joan Schuur (born December 10, 1953), nicknamed "Deedles", is an American jazz singer and pianist. As of 2015, Schuur had released 23 albums, and had extended her jazz repertoire to include essences of Latin, gospel, pop and country music. Her most successful album is Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra, which remained number one on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 33 weeks. She won Grammy Awards for best female jazz vocal performance in both 1986 and 1987 and has had three other Grammy nominations.
For her entry into the increasingly popular Great American Songbook subgenre, Diane Schuur de-emphasizes the vocal histrionics that in the past have come close to spoiling some of her recordings and maintains a steady, clear, exuberant tone. Good move: one of Schuur's gifts is her multi-octave range, but she has often over-relied on it at the expense of whatever song she was singing. Here, she takes to the classic compositions of George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, and the like with a respectfulness and glee that allow her to frame and expose these culturally embedded lyrics and melodies without beating on them.