Nocturne Records has released a West Coast gem that goes by the name of Dina Blade to the jazz public with her new project " I’m in the Mood for Love." Ms. Blade is all about the era she chooses to vocalize with her sultry style and pure desire to deliver the song’s that made the 40's and 50's what they were in music. This divine project plays tribute to the innovative yet diverse lyrics of Dorothy Fields.
Ms. Blade has the one thing most vocalists are missing when recreating this era, and it’s panache. With a sensibility that tears down the barrier between cabaret and jazz, she possesses a clear understanding that phrasing plays a major role in delivering this genre effectively. Ms. Blade bleeds this style of music with a voice that truly romanticizes the time. A successful vocalist needs to realize how to deliver a piece without taking it out of its genre, and Ms Blade is a smart performer who perfects that act, a true natural!
Billy Mays, pianist, is just as influential in this project, with his highly respected style and talent. The two combined makes for a simply wonderful listening experience.
What is extremely evident in the project is that because of Ms. Blade's superb vocal craftsmanship, Field’s lyrics are still able to convey the timelessness of true romance. Enhanced by the vivacious charm of Ms. Blade, this can be experienced in a number of cuts including "I’m In The Mood For Love" and " The Way You Look Tonight".
Ms Blade has a mission, to see that this type of wonderfully romantic, energetic, and passionate songs stay fresh for generations to come. I think we can all feel confident that the responsibility to approach that effort, is in very good hands.