If Dianne Reeves chose to limit her vocal performances to include only the Rodgers and Hart classic, "My Funny Valentine," she would no doubt still manage to satisfy her audiences.
Fortunately, though, the extraordinary singer does lend her incredible vocal range and her sensitively dynamic interpretations to other songs, making each as special as "Valentine."
At Concerts by the Sea in Redondo Beach on Tuesday night, Reeves, accompanied by an at-times too loud quartet of nonetheless capable musicians, entertained a capacity house with a seven-tune set that included some of her own substantial work.
A strikingly attractive woman, her braided hair piled in a fez-like shape atop her head, Reeves was a powerhouse of emotion and musicality. A woman who has never shied from taking chances--some of which have failed--she launched into a forgettable opening R&B tune before moving into an attractively jagged rendition of "How High the Moon." Over her deftly swinging quartet, Reeves took the tune along a modal route that both challenged and pleased the ear.