Monday, March 18, 2024

The Diva Jazz Orchestra - "30" Live at Dizzy's - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, "30" Live At Dizzy's, from the Diva Jazz Orchestra and it's a big splash of big band. Opening with Bernstein's Something's Coming, the band is lead by drummer Sherrie Maricle with grand support from Liesl Whitaker on trumpet, Jami Dauber on trumpet, Kellin Hanas on trumpet and Barbara Laronga on trumpet. Jennifer Krupa on trombone, Sara Jacovino on trombone, Leslie Havens on bass trombone, Noriko Ueda on bass, Tomoko Ohno on piano and featuring Erica von Kleist on alto sax and Kellin Hanas on trumpet. Powerful opener. Sue Giles is featured upfront on vocal on Here's To Life with a light Latin rhythm and warm horn backing. On a swinging take on Memphis Slim's Every Day I Have The Blues, Giles is again upfront on lead vocal  with warm sax under the bottom and trumpets on top, this track has a great bass driven bottom. Schella Gonzales really wails on alto sax giving this track a real kick. One of the top jam tracks on the release is up tempo, Three Sisters and a Cousin with ripping solos by von Kleist, Gonzalez, Dreyer, Jade Elliott and Leigh Pilzer on sax. Nice! Wrapping the release is Charlie Christian's high speed, Airmail Special, featuring solos by von Kleist on  sax, Hanas on trumpet, Ueda on bass and Maricle on drums. Excellent closer. 

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