Stocking Stuffer: Solstice/Equinox Music CD

20X20Two time JUNO Award winner Diana Panton has established herself as one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today, praised by listeners, musicians, and critics alike for her ethereal vocals, thoughtful song selection, and emotional intensity.Diana Panton is pleased to announced the November 3rd release of her eighth album, solstice/equinox.

An exquisitely crafted jewel of an album, solstice/equinox takes the changing seasons as its theme, creating artistic parallels between them and the cycles of love and life. The recording’s quality shines throughout, from Diana Panton’s lustrous, effervescent vocals to stellar solos and impeccable teamwork delivered by an ensemble of Canada’s finest jazz players, including National Jazz Award winner Reg Schwager and three Order of Canada honourees: Guido BassoPhil Dwyer, and Don Thompson, also the album’s arranger.

solstice/equinox kicks off with the bright and bouncy “They Say It’s Spring.” If there is anyone alive who effectively channels the light lyricism, French cabaret style, and poignant beauty of the late Blossom Dearie (without imitating), it is Diana Panton.  In this quintessential Blossom Dearie song, Diana takes to heart the lyrical freshness required to express spring as a season of eternal renewal and promise and brings to the tune her own breezy interpretation.

Don Thompson delivers masterful performances on vibraphone, piano, and bass for Diana Panton’s elegant version of “That Sunday, That Summer,” which was recorded in 1963 by Nat King Cole and became, for him, the last hit before his untimely death. The nostalgia of this song is captured by Diana’s uncomplicated, honest way with a musical phrase, backed by piano/vibraphone sonorities that recall the sound of George Shearing.

Autumn blows in with a breezy wind via the familiar jazz standard “September in the Rain,” which was a big hit for George Shearing in the late 1940s. Don Thompson and Reg Schwager give this song an authentic Shearing treatment, for they both learned their craft from the great English pianist himself while serving as sidemen. Diana Panton digs in with a groovy bilingual lilt (English and French), and the sum total is a statement of wistful elegance.

solstice/equinox will be available at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, and google Play, as well as retail locations throughout the US and Canada.