Diana Panton‘s much awaited sophomore release If The Moon Turns Green from 2xHD is her 2nd album at NativeDSD, following the popular album To Brazil With Love.
The album includes favorites including Moonlight Serenade, So Many Stars, Fly Me to the Moon and Moon River. It is exclusively available in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128 and DSD 64 from NativeDSD.
If The Moon Turns Green was selected as a Top 10 Canadian Recording of the Year by Len Dobbin, Kathya Heppell and Dan Sich. It earned her recognition as the “Best Female Vocalist” at the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards and a nomination in the same category at the National Jazz Awards in 2008 and 2009.
The album was also a first place jury selection which allowed Diana to perform at the prestigious Jazz a Juan Revelations in Juan-les-Pins, France where she was voted “Premiere Dauphine” by the Juan public. In 2009, If The Moon Turns Green was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and Best Vocal Jazz Album at the Juno Awards.
Diana’s gifted voice has a direct penetrating power, full of an emotional conviction that her contemporaries lack. The combination of her ethereal and graceful singing skill, appealingly luscious voice and her ability to deliver the lyrics as a storyteller make Diana Panton simply irresistible.
Diana Panton, Vocals
Reg Schwager, Guitar
Don Thompson, Bass & Piano
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|Release Date||October 20, 2023|
Whole Note Magazine
There has been a lot of buzz around Diana Panton since her first album was released. As all of us cynics know, sometimes buzz is justified and sometimes it isn’t. In Panton’s case, I am happy to add my voice to the chorus of praise and report that the buzz is utterly justified.
Her second album “If The Moon Turns Green” is a gorgeous collection of star-and moon-themed standards. And even though they are mostly familiar songs – although there are a few rarities – this French teacher from Hamilton brings an indefinable je ne sais quoi to the material that is at once fresh and traditional.
Perhaps it is her devotion to melody and ability to impart a lyric with complete sincerity. Je ne sais pas. I just know that her renditions of Destination Moon and So Many Stars are as warm and comforting as buttered toast. Of course it helps to have la crème de la crème working with you, and Reg Schwager on guitar and Don Thompson on bass and piano, are brilliant supporters.
With her gift and the market’s apparent appetite for mainstream vocal jazz, Panton could be as successful as that other Diana. So why some enterprising record label or agent hasn’t yet snapped her up and introduced her to the world, is beyond me. But the world’s loss is our gain, so next time you see Panton on the bill of a local jazz club or festival, run to see her up close, while you still can.
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