This is Diane's second release, and let me tell you, it's wonderful. What's to like about this recording? The fact that she covers compositions that are not too well know outside the Jazz community of listeners. What a wonderful excursion listening to these tunes.
Richard Rodger's rather obscure "Look No Further" is performed with some wonderful scat singing from Diane along with great guitar playing from John Hart.
Clare Fischer's "Morning" is a brisk and bright rendition conveying the joy that Diane had recording this gem. Her band offering some effective support. while listening to this tune, I was reminded of Vanessa Rubin's excellent treatment . Diane's voice is silky smooth singing through the melody with ease and careful phrasing.
Diane's sultry blues inflections are featured on the Hoagy Carmichael tune, "Baltimore Oriole". Her band offers great support throughout. Some nice smooth drumming from Tony Moreno.
"August Moon" is a composition from the great vocalist Meredith d'Ambrosio. Diane's beautiful rendition captures the spirit of the piece. Her phrasing skills as well as her "feel and emotion" shine throughout.
There are many artists out there who have recorded works consisting mainly of well known standards. Diane might just be the catalyst to inspire other musicians to dig deep into the Jazz archives and present us with some of the standards that got away. What a great time to reintroduce long forgotten chestnuts to an ever appreciative audience. Hats off to Diane for her ability to put together a great recording. Let's hope that Diane's future recordings continue this long overdue trend of recording the "other compositions" that we may all enjoy.