Magazine article IAJRC Journal

My Little French Dancer

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

My Little French Dancer

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Diane Hoffman - My Little French Dancer private issue

Diane Hoffman (vcl) Oliver Von Essen (pno,org) Peter Martin Weiss (bs) Ulysses Owens (dms) John Hart (gtr) Don Militello (fender Rhodes) Jerry Weldon (ts) Rec. Brooklyn, New York City, March 24 & April 5, 2006

Gone With the Wind / Well You Needn't / Close Enough For Love / When Love Was All We Had / Blackberry Winter / You're My Thrill / Sunday in New York / Two Years of Torture / Yellow Days / Farewell Noelle / When Did You Leave Heaven? TT: 48:11

This alto jazz singer, originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, has given us quite a gift. First of all, most of the tunes haven't been already recorded to death. Secondly, her accompaniment, while unknown to me, do a great job. The third reason is her talent for timing, wide range and delightful diction.

Diane Hoffman has had a dual career as both an artist and a jazz singer, and both have held sway at different times in her life. The booklet features some of her art, but isn't very informative as to the biographies of the various musicians. Piano, bass and drums are on all tracks but the rest are not.

The tunes represent a wide variety of sounds as well as origin, all favorites of Ms. …

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