JANUARY, 2021 Scott Yanow/LAJazzScene
DYAN KANE SOUL of the WATER Interplay/DollBaby Music
An actress who is also a talented and adventurous singer, Dyan Kane has an extensive background in jazz. She grew up in New York City and worked as a waitress at the Blue Note for a long period where she got to hear jazz greats on a nightly basis, participating in some late night jam sessions. Since moving to the Los Angeles area, she has worked with a variety of top players (including Rickey Woodard and the late Sam Most) and recorded her debut album Dyatribe.
On Soul Of The Water, the singer is joined by some of L.A.’s best including pianist Robert Turner, guitarist Joe Gaeta, and tenor-saxophonist Keith Fiddmont. One of Dyan Kane’s trademarks is her surprising (and often-witty) treatments of standards. That can be heard on a rapid version of “Summertime” (which has some fine scat singing), her joyfully eccentric “Caravan,” a relatively straightforward and warm “Moonglow,” an exuberant “Brazil,” and a really uptempo rendition of “Lover Man.” She is also a fine writer, contributing the memorable medium-tempo jazz waltz “Papi’s Back In Town” and her love story “Dial Rio For Me.” The last part of the set finds Dyan Kane reaching beyond acoustic jazz with the rhythmic “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and an electronic transformation of Kurt Elling’s “Esperanto” with keyboardist Dominique Xavier Taplin.
The music overall is quite stimulating and features the inventive Dyan Kane in top form. Soul Of The Water is easily recommended and available from www.dyankanemusic.com.
"[DYATRIBE] is a continually intriguing CD. Dyan Kane, who has a very appealing voice and an adventurous spirit, teams up with a top-notch rhythm section to interpret and reinvent seven songs. She gives 'Eleanor Rigby' a rhythmically complex treatment, taking the Beatles' tune through several different time changes. "How Insensitive" is divorced from its bossa-nova roots and sounds brand new. The most extensive performance, Radiohead's "Pyramid Song," is turned into an atmospheric modern jazz ballad that one could imagine Sheila Jordan tackling. "Willow Weep For Me" is transformed successfully into a jazz waltz while "All Blues" features some of Dyan Kane's inventive scatting. The program closes with relatively straightforward versions of "I Thought About You" and "Come Together." Dyan Kane is joined by the talented pianist Robert Turner (who sometimes recalls McCoy Tyner but also has his own fresh ideas), bassist Ryan Cross and drummer Lyndon Rochelle. While she is naturally in the forefront much of the time, the singer functions as one of the musicians, is generous with the solo space, and she and her trio communicate with each other quite well. The result is a memorable set of music that contains more than its share of surprises. Dyatribe is recommended and available from www.dyankane music.com. --SCOTT YANOW, L.A. Jazz Scene
“The musicianship is right in the pocket and Dyan's phrasing is impeccable. The choice of these songs for her and the band appear to have the unifying effect necessary to pull off a grand performance like this. Dyan is in possession of haunting refrains that make me smile.” James M. Janisse -"The Gentleman of Jazz" (re: DYAN KANE "dyatribe" CD)
“Dyan Kane and the Robert Turner Trio reinvent several familiar songs in unusual and imaginative ways. No matter how complex the music, or how assertive the ensemble, the singer sounds confident and relaxed, floating above it all with fresh improvising and a smile in her voice.”
Scott Yanow, staff writer for ‘The LA Jazz Scene, author of 11 books including "Jazz Singers." (re: Dyan Kane's debut CD, DYAN KANE, 'dyatribe')
"You have leapt way ahead of the music, itself, and have developed a very personal style of singing."
(Dave Ross, L.A. based Jazz Musician and Band Leader)
"A soft and pillowy deep-house beat is the foundation for Kane's sex-kitten musings. She writhes and preens admirably..." (Billboard Magazine)
"Dynamic, sensual, multi-talented artist..." (Billboard Magazine)
"Slim, handsome, very serious New Yorker.." (New York Daily News)