On her album To Brazil With Love, singer Diana Panton pays a stylish tribute to the musical traditions of Brazil including the Samba and Bossa Nova. In addition to classics of the genre, she also takes a look at those musical offshoots that have influenced Pop, French Chansons and Jazz. Diana Panton interprets these evergreens in a way that is smooth and sensitive but never sentimental. She sings in English and French and creates a superb balance between charming French coquetry, Brazilian lightness and British understatement.
Hearing Diana’s voice is like catching the sound of a thrush in the middle of a long Canadian winter, warm, sweet and pure. Her subtle near-whisper voice is a perfect fit for bossa-nova as she draws you elegantly and naturally into this sensual world.
Each delightful track is an exquisitely manicured musical facet, set firmly in the Brazilian idiom and seamlessly sung in French and English by Panton. Her diaphanous vocal never insists and her high speed vibrato is like the beat of a hummingbird’s heart – natural, untainted and pure.
This Juno Nominated tribute to the Samba and Bossa Nova traditions of Brazil incites the carefree aura of youth and freedom and is an exquisitely manicured music artifact, set firmly in the Brazilian idiom.
Also nominated for the Canadian and American Independent Music Award, the simple and pure quality of her music, blended together with a sweet and wistful voice is a very enticing combination. This is a perfect jewel of an album.
Diana Panton – Vocals
Maninho Costa – Vocals, Drums & Percussion
Bill McBirnie – Flute
Kiki Misumi – Cello
Reg Schwager – Guitar
Silas Silva – Drums & Percussion
Don Thompson – Bass, Piano & Vibraphone
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|Original Recording Format
|October 6, 2023
Singing in English and French, Canadian-born Jazz Singer and Composer Diana Panton has an enchanting voice, To Brazil With Love is a meticulously manicured collection of Brazilian-infused material with which you might want to chill out late at night. A curiously eclectic mix including compositions from Panton, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Paul McCartney.
Panton’s moving interpretation of ‘And I Love Her’ (here it’s ‘And I Love Him’, of course) is a notable highlight – featuring a delightful piano accompaniment by veteran multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson.
This is a lovely intimate recording with a sound balance that’ll sound great on any good hi-fi system
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