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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Challenge Records
  • ASIN: B000009R40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't You Know Me?
2. It's Your Dance
3. Lazy Afternoon
4. Haven't We Met?
5. Miss Harper Goes Bizarre
6. Detour Ahead
7. My Kind Of Love
8. Favela
9. Everybody Wants To Be A Cat
10. Thinking Of You
11. Alone Together
12. New Cliches

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

1. Don't You Know Me? 2. It's Your Dance 3. Lazy Afternoon 4. Haven't We Met? 5. Miss Harper Goes Bizarre 6. Detour Ahead 7. My Kind Of Love 8. Favela 9. Everybody Wants To Be A Cat 10. Thinking Of You 11. Alone Together 12. New Cliches

Review

Diane Hubka has a friendly and warm voice, she sings in tune, it is easy to understand the words she interprets and she swings easily without improvising very much. One quality that distinguishes Hubka from the hundreds of other similar Jazz singers is her impeccable taste in picking out songs. There is not an excess of Jazz versions of Marilyn Harris' "Don't Your Know Me", Kenny Rankin's "Haven't We Met?", Meredith d'Ambrosio's ironic "Miss Harper Goes Bizarre" and Al Rinker's "Everybody Want's To Be A Cat" (from the cartoon The Aristocats). Maybe there should be. Hubka is joined by a very tasteful rhythm section (pianist Frank Kimbrough and guitarist John Hart get their share of solo space) and on three songs the great altoist Lee Konitz. One of Konitz's three appearances is on "It's Your Dance", a vocalized version of John Carisi's "Israel", a song that the altoist had soloed on 49 years earlier with Miles Davis' Nonet. Other highlights include a sensual "Detour Ahead", a swinging arrangement of "My Kind Of Love" inspired by the version on a Beverly Kenney record and "Thinking Of You", which has the oddest notes in its melody. Actually all dozen selections are quite worthy, making this an impressive introduction to the winning voice of Diane Hubka. -- Scott Yanow - Cadence

East-Coast vocalist Diane Hubka possesses an unadorned singing style that is perfect for ballads such as "Lazy Afternoon" and "Alone Together." But when it's time to accelerate the tempo, she's totally able and adept. An excellent improviser, she capably handles the angularly complex lines of "Israel", enriched by the searing alto sax of Lee Konitz, who also guests on Jobim's "Favela" and "Detour Ahead." The core quartet of pianist Frank Kimbrough, guitarist John Hart, bassist Harvie Schwartz and drummer Ron Vincent are superb throughout, particularly on Kenny Rankin's title track. -- Patricia Myers - JazzTimes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Sorensen on March 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this cd, it was after seeing her perform in Frostburg, MD. I have since had the pleasure to perform with her occasionally, and I can truthfully say that this is one of the rare times when the recording is just as honest as a live performance. I would definately recomend this album to any jazz afficionado who has a dicerning ear. Brilliant performance! And perfect execution!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Not a clone of anyone, Diane Hubka combines an enthusiasm for the singers of jazz's Cool School (especially Chris Connor and June Christy) with traces of Annie Ross and Sheila Jordan on the tasteful Haven't We Met?. But while Jordan can be aggressive at times, Hubka is a vocalist who thrives on restraint. Not a belter, the Maryland native swings in a relaxed, subtle fashion on tasteful, good-natured interpretations of material ranging from "Alone Together" and "Lazy Afternoon" (which is especially Connor-minded) to Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Favela." To her credit, Hubka doesn't limit her repertoire to obvious choices. "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" hardly falls into the warhorse category, and Johnny Carisi's "Israel" (for which she embraces lyrics by Ray Passman) hasn't been done to death by singers. Joined by alto saxman Lee Konitz (a logical choice given his Cool School membership), pianist Frank Kimbrough, guitarist John Hart, bassist Harvie Swartz and drummer Ron Vincent, Hubka makes "Haven't We Met?" a CD that is pleasant and honest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Diane Hubka is marvelous in this CD of terrific tunes. It's a great CD of relaxing jazz that can set the mood for an evening to remember. Diane never overwhelms with vocal technique, but she's accomplished and sure of herself at all times. And her taste in lesser-known songs is refreshing and exciting!!
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