Skylark. Sweet-toned with considerable scat chops, Diane Hubka turns out and assertive collection of standards and vocalese on Look No Further. Ms. Hubka and friends swing with a gentle confidence, always maintaining a forward momentum. Ms. Hubka's voice requires no make-up. Her tone and approach are crystalline and precise. When she scats (as she does on the title track), it is without excess and grandiosity. She makes it look (sound) easy.
Hubka's band includes the fine pianist Frank Kimbrough, who along with guitarist John Hart, provide the harmonic propulsion. Interestingly, the only brass in this merry group is the trombone played by Scott Whitfield. This low brass adds to the mellow relaxed swing of this recording. He solos best on the vocalese 'In Walked John', a tome to the famous tenorist. Hubka does not have a weak moment on this recording. All pieces are sung with equal aplomb. If I had to give an edge to certain songs, Hubka excels on ballads such as 'Baltimore Oriole', but she also burns it up on faster pieces such as 'In Walked John.' Recommended without reservation..
Track Listing: Look No Further; Morning; Baltimore Oriole; Dolphin Dance; In Walked John; Photograph; Never Never Land; Small Day Tomorrow; Baby You Should Know It; In April; August Moon; Better Than Anything. (Total Time: 53:24)
Personnel: Diane Hubka: Vocals, Guitar; John Hart: Guitar; Frank Kimbrough: Piano; Dean Johnson: Bass; Tony Moreno: Drums; Scott Whitfield: Trombone.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.