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Diane Hoffman: My Little French Dancer

Read "My Little French Dancer" reviewed by Jim Santella

Honoring a departed friend through her latest album, singer Diane Hoffman tells stories that provide a clear glimpse of the heartache and depression that follow such a loss. Her “Farewell, Noelle" provides the facts while her interpretation of “When Did You Leave Heaven" provides the feeling. Tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon, guitarist John Hart and pianist Oliver Von Essen provide a big lift, keeping the session immersed in a jazz arena through statements that recall Rollins, Montgomery and ...

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Diane Hoffman: My Little French Dancer

Read "My Little French Dancer" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Jazz vocalist Diane Hoffman's decision to open My Little French Dancer with Magidson and Wrubel's “Gone With the Wind" is indeed a wise one. There are perhaps a dozen or so top echelon jazz singers who have provided a vocal version of this jazz standard, including Anita O'Day, Carmen McRae and a young Betty Carter's unforgettable and indelible take with the Ray Bryant Trio. Diane Hoffman's version is an up-tempo one that remains right in there among the best of ...


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