Take Five With Diane Nalini
Because I painted all the illustrations for each page of song lyrics, I felt very connected to the entire presentation side of the project too. And all the musicians on this album are long-time collaborators and dear friends of mine, many of whom I've known and made music with for fifteen or sixteen years, so it had a great "family feel to it too.
Did you know... I don't have a driver's license! I grew up in Montreal, a city with great public transport, and then lived in Oxford, England, for seven years, a small city which is very easy to get around in by bicycle. I'm quite proud of not owning a car, as it really reduces my carbon footprint. But I do want to get a license, just for emergencies... Some day, when I have a moment to spare...
CDs you are listening to now: Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley (Capitol); Joel Miller, Mandala (Effendi Records); Michael Jackson, Thriller (Epic)just bought this on CD (25 years after buying the LP, still rocks!); Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (Island Records); Aaron Copland & His Contemporaries, The Choir of New College - Edward Higginbottom conducting (Avie).
Desert Island picks: Duke Ellington Orchestra, Far East Suite (Bluebird); Billie Holiday, Live at Carnegie Hall (Verve); J.S. Bach, St. John's Passion - Choir of New College (Naxos); Alison Krauss + Union Station, Live (Rounder Records); Gilberto Gil, Acoustic, (Atlantic Jazz).