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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

CD Review: Diane Marino - Soul Serenade, the Gloria Lynne Project.

Gloria Lynne was never a household name in the UK and I only knew of her by name rather than by her work. To my eternal shame, BSH even overlooked her death in 2013. Since receiving this album by Diane Marino, I made a point of researching Gloria Lynne and listening to what I could find on YouTube and Spotify. I was pleasantly surprised and kicking myself for not having discovered her earlier.
So how does Ms Marino stack up?
Very well indeed. She doesn't pay lip-service but, wisely, retains her own identity whilst conveying the feel of a Gloria Lynne performance. Which, in many ways, is the best of two worlds. Sultry, with just an edge of soul and blues and a lot of jazz.

The songs are all ones that are related to Gloria Lynne and, in the main, lesser-known works from well known GASbook composers such as Burke/Dubin; Arlen/Mercer; Warren/Gordon; Berlin; Marvin Fischer among others.
Brad Cole played piano and did the arrangements which include some sizzling solos from the horns, guitar and himself on piano, keys and B3.
Hopefully, this album will give Diane Marino the UK presence Gloria Lynne didn't get and increase her profile in the US.
A great album that's made me aware of TWO great jazz vocalists.
Lance.
Somewhere in the Night; Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You; Soul Serenade; For You; Blue Gardenia; The Jazz in You; Happy Shoes; Sweet Pumpkin; Out of This World; Speaking of Happiness; That's No Joke; He Needs Me; Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk; Serenade in Blue.

Diane Marino (vocal); Brad Cole (piano/keys/arrangements/B3); Chris Brown (drums); Frank Marino (bass); Mark Christian (guitar except 2 &4); Doug Munro (guitar 2 &4); Dann Sherrill (perc.); Don Aliquo (saxes); Scott Ducaj (trumpet 3,7,11); Harry Kim (trumpet 4); Roy Agee (trombone); David Davidson, David Angell, Monnisa Angell, Carole Rabinowitz (string quartet); Tom Moore (bassoon 9); Deanna Loveland (harp 12). 

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