Good Night, And Good Luck
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"Good Night, And Good Luck" follows the legendary Edward R. Murrow (David Straithairn) during the broadcaster's on-air confrontations with Senator Joseph McCarthy. Murrow, the then host of the CBS series, "See It Now," exposed the infamous politician's deceit, bullying, and manipulation in one of history's most courageous moments of journalism, an act that helped bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee anti-Communist hearings. "Good Night, And Good Luck" is directed by George Clooney, who co-wrote the script with the film's producer Grant Heslov. Clooney also stars as CBS News producer Fred Friendly.
"Good Night, And Good Luck" is shot entirely in black and white, with much of the mood and atmosphere created by the smoky jazz soundtrack and the gorgeous vocal talents of three-time GRAMMY(r) Award-winner Dianne Reeves. Clooney handpicked each of the songs featured in the movie, which Reeves, one of the preeminent jazz vocalists in the world today, also performs on screen.
The soundtrack for "Good Night, And Good Luck" much of which was recorded live on film, features an original song, "Who's Minding the Store," along with such classics as "Too Close for Comfort," "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "One for My Baby," and "How High the Moon."

Dianne Reeves's cool contralto, fronted by a quicksilver combo featuring saxophonist Matt Catingub and pianist Peter Martin, provides the flowing jazz soundtrack to George Clooney's 1950s, film detailing the epic struggle between the legendary TV newsman Edward R. Murrow and the Communist-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy. Reeves' delivery is flawless and swinging on these mostly mid-tempo/ballad takes on several timeless classics (including Nat King Cole's "Straighten Up and Fly Right," Duke Ellington's "Solitude," and the bouncy Dinah Washington hit "TV is the Thing This Year"). Two other selections, "Pick Yourself Up" and "Too Close for Comfort," dance with a Latin lilt; the lone instrumental, "When I Fall in Love," is as romantic as they come. Mr. Murrow, who profiled both Ellington and Louis Armstrong on his pioneering See it Now show, loved jazz, so it's fitting that the music's grounding in freedom of expression and improvisation counterweighs the horrors of McCarthy's liberty-killing abuses. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

Customer Reviews:

  • Dianne Reeves At Her Best
    This is a great and educational movie, but the soundtrack is what makes it! Dianne Reeves is at her very best on this cd, as she sings some of the oldies from the 40's and 50's. She doesn't force it, and her smooth voice breathes new life into some of these long forgotten songs. A must for anyone who loves the blues or late-night jazz....more info
  • Jazz singer
    Wish I had discovered Dianne Reeves years ago. Never get tired of her smooth sound and the great choice of songs on this album....more info
  • One of the best
    I am a Brazilian,former musician, jazz fanatic, and I realy recomend this CD. Dianne Reeves is an excelent singer but, the selection of songs in some of her formers albuns isn't so good. Geoge Clooney and Grant Heslov done a fantastic job in the production. Choosing excelent songs,excelent arranges with few instruments (piano, bass, drums and sax), some of them just with voice and bass. Simple and Rich !! (sorry about foreign English)...more info
  • Absolutely Great Vocal
    Dianne Reeves is a gem of Jazz Vocal. If You have a chance to see her live performance don't miss it!...more info
  • A Bit of History Perfectly Recreated by the Brilliant Dianne Reeves
    There are times when movie soundtracks are judged as souvenirs, readily available reminders of the impact a film had on the listener. But this CD of the 'soundtrack' of GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK is so very much more!

    That Dianne Reeves is one of the most important jazz vocalists today is a given. Her voice is rich and golden, her stylish interpretations of the standards is never self-serving but always enhancing the poetry and musical line of the songs she renders. George Clooney is a lover of jazz - as was his subject for this film - and so it was a stroke of directorial genius that he make the soundtrack a series of personally selected songs as performed on screen in a smoking black and white recording setting with the beautiful Ms Reeves playing herself. Each of the songs she sings (in the film and hence on this CD) poignantly underlined the story development in a subtle but most impressive way.

    Reeves here is without the grace of her visual appearance which adds so greatly to the film sequences, but her superior talent is focused on the songs she interprets and makes for a collection as fine as any she has previously released. This is a must own album - on many levels. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, March 06...more info
  • Blues singer Diane Reeves and Good Night and Good Luck
    A really very good CD with terrific music sung beautifully by one of the topo blues singers....more info
  • An Intimately Profound Combo
    A personal favorite jazz recording, Reeves' and Catingub's combo epitomizes the time period of the movie without sounding dated. Reeves' vocals melt on the ears, especially on the intimate "Solitude", "One For My Baby", and "How High the Moon."

    The instrumentalists shine on their own merits, particularly on the movie's opening instrumental "When I Fall In Love." Catingub channels the musical atmosphere of the 50s jazz scene with a modern mastery of solo phrasing unmatched in the above tune.

    The rhythm section blends marvelously and supports a combo of undeniable talent, inimitable musicality, and most importantly complete musical unity. Filled with well-known standards, this recording is highly recommended for both the casual jazz listener and the seasoned musician alike....more info
  • In one word.......Great Music!!!
    I bought this record, because first of all I love the more than beautiful voice of Dianne Reeves and here her voice created the right atmosphere for this B/W motion picture.
    It sparkles and with a glass of wine completes a Romantic evening .....if you're a real jazzmusic lover, buy this won't regret it....more info
  • Distorted history
    We all know that what Senator Joe McCarthy said in the 1950s about the communist threat facing America was filled with lies. But how many of us also know that much of what today's news and entertainment media says about the McCarthy Era is equally flawed? McCarthy died discredited in 1957, and his lies fortunately died with him. But the distortions that today's news media use to conceal their own misdeeds during that era remain with us. This film is an illustration of that. It's not only propaganda, it's poorly done and implausible propaganda.

    The clue lies in this film's portrayal of McCarthy, a portrayal that has hardened into dogma among most professional journalists. Senator McCarthy, the film tells us, was such an immensely powerful figure that Edward R. Murrow, a journalist at CBS-TV, displayed great courage in talking him on in 1953.

    Does that make sense? In 1953, McCarthy was the junior senator from Wisconsin and had been in that office for only six years. It's not a position that carries with it much political power. Today, most Americans don't even know who holds that office and certainly wouldn't hesitate to criticize someone with so little power. In contrast, Murrow had been an internationally known and well-respected reporter since May of 1938, when he covered the German annexation of Austria for CBS radio. The American public had been hearing him for fifteen years and millions tuned into his TV show, "See It Now." Look at the numbers. McCarthy had been nationally known only since his Wheeling, West Virginia speech in February of 1950, a mere three years earlier. Three years or fifteen--who really had the most influence and power?

    Of course, that doesn't mean that McCarthy wasn't powerful or that no one need fear to tangle with him. Even President Eisenhower, who loathed McCarthy, was forced to bide his time, waiting for the senator to self-destruct. But McCarthy's power did not rest in who he was. It rested on what the national press had made out of him. That's the key to understanding why the media in this country has a vested interest in distorting the history of that era. It was they who had turned a politician with no particular talent and a propensity to lie into someone millions of Americans saw as a brave and honest opponent of communist infiltration into American life.

    If you want a historical parallel, think of former Vice-President Albert Gore and the millions who believe what he says about global warning. They eagerly follow his hints of dark conspiracies by oil companies. They want dissenting voices silenced, and our lives forcibly reorganized to remove what they think is a great danger. Former vice-presidents aren't that powerful. It's the media that gives Gore a platform from which to speak and rarely challenges what he says. The real problem isn't the fear-monger. It's a hysteria-prone press lacking in judgment.

    Substitute a communist conspiracy for one by oil companies and you have the McCarthy Era. It was created by the press and not McCarthy. That's what this film fails to point out. Murrow had to take a bold stand against McCarthy because for three years many hundred of reporters and news outlets had repeated what McCarthy said without critically examining it. Over and over, McCarthy made claims that did not stand up to close scrutiny. The closest this film comes to admitting that is in its oft-repeated statement that reporting the news should mean more than reporting what each side in a controversy was saying.

    I'll close with a brief look at the film as a film. It's the fifties, so be prepared for more smoking than you see in films set in the present. Murrow himself was heavy smoker who died in 1965 of lung cancer. Also, this film focuses almost exclusively on the world of CBS. The larger world only appears in brief flashes, typically on television monitors.

    --Michael W. Perry, editor of The School of Journalism in Columbia University: The Book That Transformed Journalism from a Trade into a Profession...more info
  • excellent jazz song collection
    i took a chance when i bought this album....i had seen the film and was impressed with the does it deliver...fantastic singing by ms.reeves and cool playing by the rest of the band....more info
  • Classic jazz standards with classic jazz vocals
    15 50's jazz standards sung by the ever-classy Dianne Reeves. Great selections, both from the movie and others. Great players: Matt Catingub, Peter Martin, Jeff Hamilton, and Robert Hurst-plus Christopher Luty on 6 cuts; Alex Acuna and Alan Estes on 1 cut each. Thanks George Clooney, Grant Heslow, and Allen Sviridoff. ...more info
  • Really nice music
    I fell in love with the soundtrack when I watched the movie. My first exposure to Dianne Reeves - what a voice!...more info
  • Good Night, and Good Luck soundtrack
    If you don't like jazz, Dianne Reeves will make you a believer.
    If you do like jazz, you'll reach new heights with this....more info
  • an outstanding album !!!
    The soundtrack to the movie Good Night, And Good Luck features incredibly beautiful and passionate singing from the great Dianne Reeves. I recently "discovered" just how special Dianne Reeves really is--when she sings a song it feels so wonderful you'd swear it was so new and fresh that you had never heard that tune before. The quality of the music is excellent and the artwork is good and reflective of the movie. It is important to note, however, that some of this music was inspired by the movie Good Night, And Good Luck; so don't expect everything you hear on this album to be in the movie. Sometimes the movie has just a few lines of the song in it which is a shame on numbers like "TV Is The Thing This Year" and "How High The Moon." I guess it couldn't be helped as Good Night, And Good Luck was certainly not a musical!

    "Straighten Up And Fly Right" starts the track set with Dianne singing her heart out; the jazzy arrangement is outstanding. The brass and the percussion add an air of high elegance to this already sublime number; and that's grand. There's another gem in "Gotta Be This Or That;" this song creates a pensive mood and it's great for slow dancing, too! Dianne's excellent diction and her impeccable sense of timing make her performance all the more remarkable.

    "How High The Moon" is easily a major highlight of this album; I only wish Dianne had been allowed to sing more of this in the actual movie! Dianne's contralto voice is perfect for this love song and I love this number very much. Listen also for "Who's Minding The Store?" I have never heard this song before but it's an instant classic pop vocal that Dianne aces straight through. I think you'll like "Who's Minding The Store?"

    Although, "TV Is The Thing This Year" is the very shortest track on this album, man how this one packs a punch! The musical interlude swings from twelve chandeliers all at once with all that energy; and Dianne sings this with such zest I instantly fell in love with this peppy little tune. "TV Is The Thing This Year" is a highlight of this album. This is another piece I wish the film had included in full; but again the movie was not a musical by any stretch of the imagination.

    "When I Fall In Love" is a most romantic number that uses the piano and the horn very well; and I also like "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall." "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" is timeless and I think just one listen will tell you why. Dianne Reeves delivers these numbers without a flaw. The CD also ends well with Dianne performing "One For My Baby;" this torch song is a classic from way back when and Dianne with those musicians give this number the justice it deserves.

    The liner notes come with song credits and a few photos from the movie.

    This CD, which gives us music both from and inspired by Good Night, And Good Luck is a bright star! I highly recommend this album for Dianne Reeves fans; and people who enjoy classic pop vocals with a jazzy twist will really like this album.
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  • great album - the best voice
    extremely good album, showing how good Dianne is even when acompanied by just a few instruments. she has the best instrument of all anyway....more info
  • A great album introducing a new generation to music of the '50s and '60s.
    The inspired collaboration of jazz singer Dianne Reeves and saxophonist/arranger/director Matt Catingub results in a CD which epitomizes much of the cabaret music of the '50s and '60s. Reeves's full, rich alto is set off to perfection here by Catingub's sax, the timbre of her voice matching that of his tenor sax. Her ability to express the emotion of the lyrics while maintaining total control of her magnificent voice parallels that of some of the greats of the period--Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Chris Connor--while her background in modern jazz gives a fresh sound to these songs from a generation ago.

    The arrangements of Honolulu-born Catingub are so true to the period that they sound as if they could have been written for Mel Torme, Sinatra, or any of cabaret's best "girl singers." Son of jazz legend Mavis Rivers, for whom he did the arrangements late in her career, Catingub knows the '50s and '60s inside out--the sultry rhythms and funky beats, the soft romanticism of the ballads, and the importance of voice and instruments creating a single mood. Here, with his sax contributions, the wonderfully subtle piano of Peter Martin, the bass of Robert Hurst, and the drums of Jeff Hamilton accompanying Dianne Reeves, no additional instrumentation is needed.

    Most of the songs are gorgeous ballads, often with strong, vampy beats, including "Straighten Up," "I've Got My Eyes on You," "Gotta Be This or That," "Pretend," "In My Solitude," and "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall," all songs familiar to lovers of music of the period. Less familiar (and my favorite on the album) is "Who's Minding the Store?" a moody, melancholy ballad in a minor key, with the piano and sax helping to create the mood. Peggy Lee's "There'll be Another Spring" may be the prettiest song on the CD, and "When I Fall in Love" is the only instrumental. Dinah Washington's novelty song "TV is the Thing This Year," is rock/jive, and "Too Close for Comfort" and "You're Driving Me Crazy," pick up the tempo and beat.

    A fantastic collaboration which gives new life to song standards that are forty to fifty years old, this CD introduces new audiences to music from the '50s and '60s and to the voice of Dianne Reeves. Those who have enjoyed this CD will hear an equally brilliant (but different-sounding) Dianne on "A Little Moonlight," "In the Moment: Live in Concert," and "The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan," all of which have won Grammy Awards for Reeves. n Mary Whipple
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  • Dianne Reeves At Her Best
    This is a great and educational movie, but the soundtrack is what makes it! Dianne Reeves is at her very best on this cd, as she sings some of the oldies from the 40's and 50's. She doesn't force it, and her smooth voice breathes new life into some of these long forgotten songs. A must for anyone who loves the blues or late-night jazz....more info
  • great dinner or quiet party music
    We bought this CD after watching the excellent film, and are very happy with it. The quality is fine, and the music is smooth and consistently great. Highly recommended for evenings at home or dinner with a few friends....more info
  • Very good recording from a frustrating singer
    I heard good things about Dianne Reeves, but saw her in concert and was very unimpressed. She obviously had a great voice but her performance didn't deliver. This record shows what she can do. Perhaps she's one of those artists who needs someone else providing the direction so she can shine?...more info
  • Smokey Jazz
    Even if you haven't seen Good Night, and Good Luck (which you should) you'll enjoy the smokey voice of Dianne Reeves' jazz songs from the movie. Her strong, smooth voice was a pleasant interrruption to the tense narrative of the movie, and at the same time, an echo of the dark mood of the 50's. This is lazy smokey jazz at its best....more info
  • Amazing Voice and Collection
    Absolutely love this CD! Dianne Reeves has a voice like butter. Highly recommend this for sipping cocktails or other fun!...more info
  • Very intimate feel for smoky standards.
    Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer delivers a 70mm soundtrack set.
    George Clooney's critically lauded "Good Night, And Good Luck" masterfully recreates the 1950s aesthetic of America's McCarthy era and Diana Reeves' sublime soundtrack is a large part of its authentic feel.

    Backed by a superb band, jazz diva Reeves prowls through a selection of standards and other songs from the decade where communism terrified the United States.
    "Straighten Up And Fly Right", "Solitude" and a wee hours rendition of "One For My Baby" are real gems.
    As always, Ms. Reeves' phrasing is a delight and she is downright sassy when covering Dinah Washington's 1951 hit "TV Is The Thing This Year".
    "Pick Yourself Up" - memorable for Nat King Cole's version - is also transformed into a thriving mambo.

    Although Reeves is the undoubted star here, special mention must go to the tenor saxophone of Matt Catingub who, on the instrumental version of "When I Fall In Love", sounds like rump steak....more info
  • a triumph on many levels
    This is, ostensibly, a new soundtrack for a movie set in the '50's the Cool Jazz smokey ballad and pop performances by Dianne Reeves more than stand on their own as a classic Jazz standards album. She is Understated and lyrical. Warm. Like Nat King Cole. In the movie she appears, in 50's garb, on stage and in recording studio. A perfect fit. Were it not for the modern production, it could be the Jazz and pop classic album straight from 1954. I had not heared her before, but I will listen more carefully in the future.

    stand out hits are "Pretend", "In my Solitude", "Straighten up and Fly Right", the wistful "How High the Moon", the unintentionally menacing "I've got my Eyes on You", the sinister "Gotta be This or That", the zany pean to the new media "TV is the thing this year" and the sad "One for my Baby". Not a bad cut on the album.

    Highest recommendation for romantics.

    Listening to this music alone, you'd never guess how well it is used to accent the movie. These tunes, individually handpicked by director George Clooney, subtly underscore the growing menace of a (50's) government, out of control, that tries to bully the citizens and media into supporting it's views without dissent.

    Buy this CD just for the music, but see the movie, too. See it and think about it.
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  • Good Night and Good Luck
    This is the best CD I've bought in the last 5 years... It is incredible! The songs are wonderful and Dianne Reeves is extraordinary!...more info
  • A stunning CD
    Diane Reeves, where have you been all of my life? Your smooth and silky voice is perfect when I need a little mood music. Turn down the lights, open a glass of wine and enjoy this phenomenal lady! ...more info