Working with a rotating set of musicians seems to be in vogue in recent years. Ray Brown has his Some of My Best Friends Are...series, Pat Martino a couple of years back did a disc with several visiting guitar compatriots. Even Frank Sinatra toward the end of his career cut albums which featured a number of different singers. Now comes songbird Diane Hubka, with an album which has her working with what are billed as "seven of the world's greatest guitarists". A minor exaggeration, perhaps, but they're all good. But more than the guitar players what makes this session is the wondrous styling of Hubka working with a play list of tunes derived from several sources - favorite standards, Brazilian-based music, traditional and not so traditional pop. One of the more attention getting cuts is one of Hoagy Carmichael's least recorded tunes (at least by vocalists), "Winter Moon". Here John Hart lends his clear toned guitar to Hubka's stunning vocal rendition. John Hebert's bass gets some time on the solo spotlight here. Appropriately Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" is on the program with new lyrics by Frank Forte. Frank Vignola and Bucky Pizzarelli offer a lengthy, engaging guitar duet here each taking turns at doing the melody while the other plays rhythm. Just like the Reinhardt brothers, except Django's brother Joseph never got to play anything but rhythm. Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo is on three tracks, the most telling a delicious slightly Latin version of "Inside a Silent Tear".
Diane Hubka is in the same class of vocalists as Carol Sloane, Sue Raney, Jackie Ryan and others who are so good, they should be household names. That they aren't speaks volumes about the taste of average Mr., Mrs. and Ms United States. Visit Diane at www.dianehubka.com.
Track Listing: Love; Blue Moon; Winter Moon; Suddenly; Nuages; Nothing Like You; Inside a Silent Tear; You Inspire Me; The Old New Waltz; Moment to Moment; Sunday in New York; Romance; Wave
Personnel: Diane Hubka - Vocals; Gene Bertoncini, Paul Bollenback, John Hart, Romero Lubambo; Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Jack Wilkins - Guitar; Duduka da Fonseca - Drums; John Hebert - Bass; Jeff Hirshfield - Drums; Nilson Matta - Bass
Year Released: 2002
| Record Label: VSOJAZ Records
| Style: Vocal
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid. For some reason I remember an arrangement of Hey Jude they did. My first real exposure was Stan Kenton in the Smithville, MO high school gym. Kenton and the band director there were old friends, so he would play there from time to time. My dad took me without telling me where we were going and it was the only show he ever took me to. I remember that Bobby Shew played Send In Clowns and I damn near levitated I was so excited. The huge sound and amazing chords floored me. I believe I was 13 at the time. I immediately started practicing and taking lessons. Music became a passion and nearly a career. I also listened to Dick Wright's Jazz Show on KANU every night. I can't even start to explain what I learned lying in bed listening to Dick talk about jazz. I met him once when I was struggling to put together a solo for Joy Spring playing in a combo at KU. Stopped by his office and asked for recommendations. He showed up at my jazz ensemble rehearsal the next day with a tape with example solos. What a kind man Dick Wright was.
My advice to new listeners is to stop worrying about what music is important and focus on music you like. I spent quite a bit of my music life listening to important music I didn't necessarily like. Must say I have quite a bit more fun now listening to music that I deeply enjoy. Some of it is even important.
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