Throughout her career, Diane Marino has consistently uplifted songs from the Great American songbook (including Latin and Brazilian jazz) in delightful fashion. Her voice is quite attractive, she is a very skilled jazz pianist, and she is also a talented arranger who creates fresh renditions of vintage standards.

Diane Marino recently released her seventh recording, I Hear Music (M&M Records). This very satisfying album teams her with the excellent bassist Frank Marino (her producer), drummer Chris Brown, guitarist Pat Bergeson, and Joel Frahm on tenor and soprano. Guests include vibraphonist Chuck Redd, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and organist Brad Cole.

There are many enjoyable moments to be heard throughout the 12 standards which include both well-known songs and superior obscurities. The pianist-singer sounds quite enthusiastic and inventive on such numbers as "I Hear Music, " Artie Shaw's "Moonray, " Ella Fitzgerald's "You Showed Me The Way, " "It Could Happen To You, " Benny Carter's "When Lights Are Low, " and a saucy "The Late, Late Show." A special highlight is a rare revival of the Anita O'Day hit "Let Me Off Uptown." Whether it is a soulful ballad ("I'll Close My Eyes") or the Billie Holiday-associated "Detour Ahead, " Diane Marino makes every song her own, creating timeless music.

Born in Manhattan, Diane Marino had extensive classical piano training while being attracted to the improvisation and freedom of jazz. She graduated from New York's High School for the Performing Arts, earned her college degree from Mannes College Of Music, and in 2003 recorded her first album as a leader, A Sleepin' Bee. Even at that early stage, she had her own style both as a singer and as a pianist.

Other memorable recordings have followed: 2004's On The Street Where You Live, Just Groovin' (2008), From The Heart (2011), Loads Of Love (2013) which also featured tenor-saxophonist Houston Person, and Soul Serenade (2018), her tribute to Gloria Lynne. Each of her recordings has been warmly greeted as have been her performances at many of the top jazz clubs and festivals.

I Hear Music has already received warm reviews. Nicholas Mondello in All About Jazz wrote "The inclusion of selections from a classic period in vocal jazz, combined with Marino's ability to swim elegantly in all these various musical waters, makes for a most enjoyable listening experience."

I Hear Music serves as the perfect introduction to the musical talents of Diane Marino for those unaware of her, and as an exciting release that will be enjoyed by her fans.

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