Diane's 10th CD is a journey of 10 originals reflecting life experiences, and more recently, living in New Zealand after a lifetime in Manhattan.
Written on tour and at home, recorded in New Zealand, mastered in Germany, and manufactured in the USA, this pathway accurately mimics her three decades of touring.
The songs weave themes from politics to angst to ageing to cooking, using infectious grooves, memorable melodies, and intelligent lyrics, all delivered with lush acoustic guitar sounds, ukuleles, percussion, and gorgeous vocal harmonies.
Diane's 9th CD, is a collection of 11 songs recorded in New Zealand, mastered in Germany, and manufactured in the US of A. The disc could also have been called "Inside Her Coconut", because it reveals exactly how she heard the tunes being arranged - which means many tracks of Diane! In fact, Diane does all the vocals, plays bass, guitars, mandolin, uke, and percussion.
There is also a beautiful cello part played by well known New Zealander Emily Giles. Ex-pat and computer brainiac Michael Young did the engineering and mixing, while famed Pauler Acoustics of Northeim, Germany did the mastering.
Sky Power, a much touted artist of Cape Cod did an original painting for the title, and consummate artist Risa Wallberg lent her expertise for the graphics. All songs were written by Diane, except "Mrs. Grace Say", which has been a live favorite for many years, and co-written with Val Haynes. You can buy it from Diane at a gig, or through the usual channels, as indicated.
This personal and intimate effort finds Diane returning to her roots in every aspect. It was recorded in NYC with veteran producer and engineer Stewart Lerman, with whom Diane recorded her very first CD in 1992. ("Day In, Day Out") However, her real co-stars on this collection of 11 titles, are her Martin Guitars. Every track, every instrument, every voice, and every arrangement was written, played, sung, and conceived by Diane.
Graphics and photos were beautifully done by longtime collaborators Risa Wallberg and Sardi Klein, while the mastering of this all acoustic set was done in Germany by another of Diane's time-tested colleagues, Pauler Acoustics. ("Army of Angels")
From the ukulele infected romp of "Think Again", to the smoky jazz chords of "Got A lot To Learn", you'll find a diverse palette of moods, sounds, and themes. This is a box of ear candy that we suggest you eat with headphones.
Diane's 7th CD has the distinction of having been recorded in New Zealand, and features the tasty production skills of veteran kiwi Anna Rugis.
Largely the work of a dedicated trio of talent, the arrangements although spartan, underscore Diane's guitar playing and vocals, along with her spirited percussion.
Bassist Neil Hannan, who also wore the hat of engineer, lends a multitude of flavors for the bottom here. The coup de grace were the touches of Anna's back-up vocals.
Diane is among an elite set who have raised their voices with Anna, among them, Van Morrison and Cat Stevens.
Recorded and mixed in Auckland, mastered in seaside Devonport by well regarded engineer Rikki Morris, the cover art features the brilliant work of NZ painter Rachel Olsen. The graphics were designed in Germany, and the discs were manufactured in the USA by Oasis, fusing this project with a panache of international effort that spotlight the dozen originals within.
Fans of Diane's live work will feel at home here, and new friends will embrace the clarity, vision, soul, and musicality
This 11 song set, Diane's fifth release, offers up a riveting emotional journey through song. Featuring a core trio of Eric Massimino on bass, and Todd Turkisher on drums. The collection highlights artful imprimaturs by several guest soloists.
ENGINEERED, MIXED, AND MASTERED BY Joe Castellon at KAS Music & Sound, Astoria, Queens GRAPH ICS: Risa Wallberg PHOTOS: Sardi Klein
I have to tell you about Joe Castellon, because he was my engine - he's well respected in the industry for good reason. As a player, he's shared the stage with some of the true greats. However, his talents as producer, arranger, composer, and engineer are legendary. Being blessed with his friendship, I have also been graced with his generosity. His help and guidance and immeasurable patience and expertise is the reason I hear this recording as my personal best. My gratitude is immense, and I learned a great deal.
I also want to acknowledge what a thrill it was to play all these songs with Paul Socolow - he is simply masterful, and I am lucky to call him my pal . I deeply appreciate Risa Wallberg and Sardi Klein, who have once again combined their talents to produce a great looking package, and Martin Guitars who have always been wonderfully supportive. I wouldn't be where I am today without all of this love, thanks to you!
Re-released and available now on iTunes. Originally released in 1996 on the prestigious Stockfish label in Germany, the quality of this recording is palpable.
This 12 song set features Chris Jones on second guitar. Fretless bass and some nice accordion touches round out the acoustic sound.
Just like it says...Diane and her Martin Guitar, including the wonderful stories that introduce each song. Uncut and natural, this set of a dozen originals captured in one go in 1999, will transform your listening experience to an intimate concert setting.
Released in 1997, this is Diane at her jazzy best, LIVE in the studio with some of New York's hottest players. The 10 song set is smooth jazz with intelligent lyrics and irresistible grooves captured by famed engineer Ben Rizzi in a legendary NY studio.
Released in 2001, these 11 songs comprise Diane's 5th CD (hence, the title) and provide a compelling and riveting emotional journey through song. Featuring a core trio of Eric Massimino on bass, and Todd Turkisher on drums, the collection highlights artful imprimaturs by several guest soloists that heighten the impact.
Purchase Diane's CD:
On the Inside
Throw Me a Line
Just for Me
Love What You Do
Pinch of Love
There'll Come a Time
There's a Madman in the House
What Would Love Do Now