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 as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.