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Haven't We Met
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Ben Sorensen | 03/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard this cd, it was after seeing her perform in Frostburg, MD. I have since had the pleasure to perform with her occasionally, and I can truthfully say that this is one of the rare times when the recording is just as honest as a live performance. I would definately recomend this album to any jazz afficionado who has a dicerning ear. Brilliant performance! And perfect execution!"
"Haven't We Met?" is a CD that is pleasant and honest.
Ben Sorensen | 12/02/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not a clone of anyone, Diane Hubka combines an enthusiasm for the singers of jazz's Cool School (especially Chris Connor and June Christy) with traces of Annie Ross and Sheila Jordan on the tasteful Haven't We Met?. But while Jordan can be aggressive at times, Hubka is a vocalist who thrives on restraint. Not a belter, the Maryland native swings in a relaxed, subtle fashion on tasteful, good-natured interpretations of material ranging from "Alone Together" and "Lazy Afternoon" (which is especially Connor-minded) to Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Favela." To her credit, Hubka doesn't limit her repertoire to obvious choices. "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" hardly falls into the warhorse category, and Johnny Carisi's "Israel" (for which she embraces lyrics by Ray Passman) hasn't been done to death by singers. Joined by alto saxman Lee Konitz (a logical choice given his Cool School membership), pianist Frank Kimbrough, guitarist John Hart, bassist Harvie Swartz and drummer Ron Vincent, Hubka makes "Haven't We Met?" a CD that is pleasant and honest."
Some great songs - Some great singing/swinging!!
Ben Sorensen | 05/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Diane Hubka is marvelous in this CD of terrific tunes. It's a great CD of relaxing jazz that can set the mood for an evening to remember. Diane never overwhelms with vocal technique, but she's accomplished and sure of herself at all times. And her taste in lesser-known songs is refreshing and exciting!!"