5 out of 5 Stars
After a long hiatus from music, Diane Roblin comes back to her first love with her stellar debut album of all original compositions.
Her compositions mix funk, straight ahead, classical and free jazz into a pot-pourri of soul expression. Her style echoes influences of pianists such as Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver and (when playing free) Cecil Taylor. Along the way, her supportive team of saxophonist Jeff King, guitarist Howard Spring, bassist Russ Boswell and drummer Roger Travassos contribute concise and musical solos and support along the way to make this record a very passionate artistic statement.
This is a jazz album with something for everyone, at a pace that is not too tedious and laborious. You can dance, bop, groove, and tap your feet to her songs and be dazzled at the artistic abilities that this fine artist has to offer. After coming from a tragic experience with the loss of her husband, Diane Roblin’s album proves that music is the real healing tonic to keep one’s soul moving and to allow one’s beloved memory keep fresh and alive (as evidenced in the composition “Tune for Fraser”, dedicated to her late husband).
‘Reconnect’ is by far one of the best, concise, and accessible independent jazz albums of 2014 that is sure to win new fans young and old alike.
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