I believe in Little Things (Remastered) Diana Panton
- 1In a World of My Own03:58
- 2Alice in Wonderland05:38
- 3Pure Imagination04:14
- 6I’m Going to Go Back There Someday03:20
- 7The Rainbow Connection03:19
- 8Little Things02:48
- 9When You Wish Upon a Star05:49
- 10Halfway Down the Stairs02:12
- 11Everybody Sleeps03:38
- 12Sleep Is a Precious Thing04:54
- 13Hushabye Mountain04:14
- 14Slumber My Darling02:27
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This is a captivating, charming, uplifting and optimistic album. Diana can sing quietly, with just a small backup group, with incredible control which can remind one of Peggy Lee. There's a lilt in her voice, so even the most contemplative and subdued song gets an optimistic treatment. Her voice and smooth jazz stylings in her usual adult contemporary style are perfectly fitted for what essentially is an excellent primer for the young fry into the jazz genre; it’s calming, cheerful, whimsical and fun without being twee or cloying.
For those of you not familiar with Ms. Panton or her work, she is one of Canada's best recognized contemporary jazz singers with a great popularity in Asia, particularly Japan, Europe and an ever-growing audience in the USA. This album was voted in the Canadian press as the ‘best new album in a year’.
"Voted in the Canadian press as the best new album in a year and already standing at the top of music charts throughout Asia, this is the ninth recording in this singer's career that has earned her many plaudits both in North America and the far east since Hher arrival on the scene in 2005. On this occasion she has aimed the repertoire at a younger audience, some perhaps who are just beginning to find their way into jazz influenced music for the first time. From a more mature listeners point of view she possesses a voice that falls very much into the "marmite" category, ie you either love it or otherwise. The best yardstick being that if you fell under the spell of Blossom Dearie you are very likely to be captivated by the content and delivery here.
I find the concept of the album captivating, charming, uplifting and optimistic . Taken as a whole the fourteen tracks give a very rounded view of life, and after a few playings you realise that there is a clear story that emerges, just as the artist intended. The musical content is taken mostly from films and stage productions and include such numbers as "Pure Imagination", "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Hushabye Mountain" all performed with faultless diction over the fine backdrop of the jazz trio. There appears to be some multi tracking that enhances the overall sound of the instrumentalists but this does not take away from the musical performance which includes an outstanding contribution from cellist Coenraad Bloemendal." (Jim Burlong, Jazzviews)
Diana Pantaon, vocals
Don Thompson, bass, piano, vibes
Reg Schwager, guitar
Coenraad Bloemendal, cello
Her keen aesthetic sense has attracted the attention of some of the jazz world’s most respected masters. When Order of Canada and legendary multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson first heard Panton sing at age 19, he recommended she audition for the reputed jazz workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada). There, she studied under Norma Winstone (and in subsequent visits, Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan). "When the great singer Sheila Jordan said Diana Panton 'sounds like the sweetest bird you'll ever hear', she helped define some of the ephemeral delicacy that marks Panton as unique." (Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life)
Before recording her first album, Panton completed an Honours Masters degree in French literature and fulfilled a teaching engagement at the University of Paris (France), followed by a position as a French Sessional Lecturer at McMaster University (Canada). She then completed a teaching degree in French, Visual and Dramatic Arts which would eventually lead to her current position at Westdale Secondary (Canada).
When the time finally arrived to go into the studio, national award-winning guitarist Reg Schwager was invited to join Don Thompson for some stellar accompaniment behind Panton’s pure vocals. The late great Montreal jazz critic Len Dobbin called “...yesterday perhaps” one of the finest debut CDs he had heard in years! It landed Diana on the covers of VIEW and NOW Magazine and the album made NOW's TOP 10 Discs of the Year. The album was also awarded a Silver Disc Award upon its release in Japan in 2011.
Since her initial CD release, Panton’s career has been gathering steady momentum. Her impressive catalogue of internationally acclaimed albums have garnered numerous honours, including a second Silver Disc Award in Japan, three JUNO nominations, 7 Hamilton Music Awards, a host of National Jazz Award nominations, Canadian and American Independent Music Award nominations. Her sophomore album, "if the moon turns green ..." was the first place jury-selection to perform at the Jazz à Juan Révélations where she was voted Première Dauphine by the Juan public. Most recently, she was named one of Canada’s TOP 5 Jazz Vocalists by CBC radio host Tim Tamashiro.
One gets the feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg for Panton... this artist is on the brink of something big.