Vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur grew up at the intersection of two distinct worlds of music. On one hand, the radio of her youth telegraphed the sounds of Motown, the Beatles and other powerful forces of the ‘60s. On the other, her parents’ home in Auburn, Washington, was filled with the likes of Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and other luminaries of mid-20th century jazz.
Out of this melting pot, Schuur developed a hybrid style that merges the best elements of the jazz and pop traditions. Since her recording career began in the early 1980s, she has scored two GRAMMY® Awards and three additional GRAMMY® nominations, and has performed and collaborated with artists as diverse as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Stan Getz and many more.
On Some Other Time, Schuur returns to her jazz roots – the music of her parents’ generation, which includes some of the earliest and most enduring music in her creative consciousness.
“This recording is a celebration of the fortieth anniversary of my mother’s death,” says Schuur, whose mother died at age 31 in January 1967, when the aspiring young vocalist and musician was only 13 years old. “This is a celebration of the music she introduced to me when I was growing up.”
The closing tracks have a poignant magic all their own. “September in the Rain” is taken from a 1964 recording made by a 10-year-old Schuur and her parents at a Holiday Inn in Tacoma, Washington.
Immediately following “September in the Rain” is an exchange between Schuur and her mother from that same period in the mid-‘60s. Schuur’s mother asks if Diane knows “Danny Boy,” and Diane responds with the promise that she’ll record the song just for her. What follows is a heart-stopping rendition of the classic Irish tune that transcends the mortal plane and makes good on a devoted daughter’s promise more than forty years after it was made.