***荣获2012年朱诺奖(Juno Awards)「最佳爵士歌手」(Best Jazz Vocal )提名***
在亚洲连续发行两张荣获多项奖项的经典代表专辑「粉红爵士」(Pink)和「星星月亮的爱情」(If the Moon Turns Green…)获得广大乐迷乐评的极致讚誉、创下极佳傲人的销售成绩，出生於加拿大汉弥顿市(Hamilton)的轻柔美声黛安娜潘顿(Diana Panton)堪称是近年来全球最让人期待的新世代爵士女歌手；七岁开始练习古典小提琴、拥有法国文学硕士学位，黛安娜全身散发著艺术人文优雅气质与细腻浪漫女性魅力，她清新细致极富情感穿透力的甜美歌声，轻鬆自然毫不做作的歌唱技巧，2005年加拿大录制发行首张个人专辑<Yesterday Perhaps>，一推出即获得眾多乐迷支持与媒体乐评好评推荐、是加拿大当年度最耀眼的爵士新女声；黛安娜深具个人特色诗意的歌唱叙事风格融入都会乐活新概念，天生拥有一个纯净美丽的柔美嗓音，是当今世界乐坛最耀眼迷人的清新派爵士女歌手。
眾多乐迷期盼，最新专辑「恋爱巴莎」(To Brazil with Love)历经两年时间录音準备是黛安娜潘顿第四张个人专辑，收录四十年代到七十年代、十三首充满幸福爱恋的情歌名曲以及一首黛安娜个人原创曲，精选曲目涵盖巴莎诺瓦、森巴、法国香颂、电影主题曲、爵士经典曲和西洋流行，以轻柔巴莎打造梦幻风格、轻盈甜美歌声温柔詮释，营造最幸福浪漫的音乐情境、沉浸在恋爱美好快乐的感动；整张专辑在序曲著名的Samba Saravah水漾轻快温暖乐声中、黛安娜法式软语的梦幻甜美歌声为爱情揭开幸福的甜蜜；紧接著一连演唱两首巴莎诺瓦名曲，加入长笛伴奏曲风优雅舒畅的This Happy Madness和节奏活泼俏皮可爱的The Telephone Song；以美丽的法文美声詮释开创全球巴莎诺瓦音乐潮流、1959年三大影展得奖电影「黑色奥菲斯」(Black Orpheus)带有淡淡伤感的经典主题曲Manha de Carnaval以及轻快插曲Felicidade，悠扬迴盪的大提琴声与晶莹剔透的吉他和颤音琴伴奏；清新浪漫海洋风情、轻盈迷人的气音耳畔吟唱夏日森巴名曲So Nice；黛安娜首支个人原创曲Is It Really You?迷濛抒柔的醉人气氛；如梦似幻优雅柔美詮释1948年电影主题曲The Night Has a Thousand Eyes；法兰西浪漫巴莎香颂Dans mon ile、轻柔的打击乐声与双吉他伴奏小品叙事风格；巴莎诺瓦之父Antonio Carlos Jobim两首知名作品，以迷人法文演唱美丽爱恋的Tu sais je vais t’aimer和幸福洋溢轻快舒畅的Dreamer；钢琴solo伴奏下、黛安娜温柔演唱“披头四”经典抒情曲And I Love Him唯美的意境、情愫瀰漫空气中；节奏快板自由翱翔的法国流行香颂Fais comme l’oiseau；专辑结尾曲以抒情慢板巴莎演唱经典香颂Que reste-t-il de nos amours?如情诗般美丽梦幻浪漫编曲，黛安娜慵懒舒缓的迷人唱腔为专辑画下一个幸福完美的句点。
整张专辑黛安娜以英法文美声演唱，曲风融合了轻快动人的巴莎水漾风情、清新优雅的法式浪漫情怀和温暖舒缓的都会爵士风格，丰富多样的乐器配置创造出多彩繽纷的璀璨乐章，烘托黛安娜轻盈剔透的甜美歌声与耳畔轻唱的迷人气音；本张专辑由黛安娜制作演唱、并以此张专辑表达她对巴西音乐的挚爱，长期合作伙伴、亦师亦友的爵士大师Don Thompson共同制作并负责编曲；加拿大全星级爵士大师伴奏阵容浩大，除了两位固定班底Don Thompson演奏低音贝斯、钢琴和颤音琴，以及Reg Schwager担任吉他伴奏之外，特邀请来自巴西的爵士名家Maninho Costa负责打击乐器和爵士鼓、并和黛安娜男女对唱，还有加拿大爵士长笛大师Bill McBirnie与加籍日裔爵士大提琴名家Kiki Misumi共同为专辑助阵演奏；一样由加拿大著名录音工程师Chad Irschick在Inception Sound Studios负责专辑录音、混音与母带后期处理，精準发烧的音场定位、宽阔多层次的空间感与充满空气流动的立体感，饱满温暖浪漫的乐声与黛安娜轻盈透明的甜美嗓音得到绝佳完美平衡表现；清新纯净的轻柔歌声、梦幻璀璨的动人旋律，每一首歌曲都是一个全新的浪漫乐章，幸福甜蜜整张专辑黛安娜以英法文美声演唱，曲风融合了轻快动人的巴莎水漾风情、清新优雅的法式浪漫情怀和温暖舒缓的都会爵士风格，丰富多样的乐器配置创造出多彩繽纷的璀璨乐章，烘托黛安娜轻盈剔透的甜美歌声与耳畔轻唱的迷人气音；本张专辑由黛安娜制作演唱、并以此张专辑表达她对巴西音乐的挚爱，长期合作伙伴、亦师亦友的爵士大师Don Thompson共同制作并负责编曲；加拿大全星级爵士大师伴奏阵容浩大，除了两位固定班底Don Thompson演奏低音贝斯、钢琴和颤音琴，以及Reg Schwager担任吉他伴奏之外，特邀请来自巴西的爵士名家Maninho Costa负责打击乐器和爵士鼓、并和黛安娜男女对唱，还有加拿大爵士长笛大师Bill McBirnie与加籍日裔爵士大提琴名家Kiki Misumi共同为专辑助阵演奏；一样由加拿大著名录音工程师Chad Irschick在Inception Sound Studios负责专辑录音、混音与母带后期处理，精準发烧的音场定位、宽阔多层次的空间感与充满空气流动的立体感，饱满温暖浪漫的乐声与黛安娜轻盈透明的甜美嗓音得到绝佳完美平衡表现；清新纯净的轻柔歌声、梦幻璀璨的动人旋律，每一首歌曲都是一个全新的浪漫乐章，幸福甜蜜在空气中飘盪、美丽爱恋在你我心中悄悄滋长。在空气中飘盪、美丽爱恋在你我心中悄悄滋长。
黛安娜潘顿 / 恋爱巴莎
Diana Panton / To Brazil with Love
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Jvc Japan
By Christopher Loudon
Early on in her still relatively nascent career, Canadian vocalist Diana Panton had the great fortune, and good sense, to align herself with two outstanding jazz countrymen, multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson and guitarist Reg Schwager. It was Thompson who encouraged her to study at the Banff Centre, where her instructors included Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton. Jordan has since likened Panton’s voice to “the sweetest bird you’ll ever hear.” Thompson and Schwager have been guiding forces on all her albums, including this, her fourth. Also onboard, alternating rudders to this sleek schooner, are Brazilian drummers and percussionists Maninho Costa and Silas Silva.
Panton does, indeed, have a delightfully sweet (though never cloying) sound, a tonal purity that is arrestingly beautiful. She is also a skilled linguist—her day job is teaching French—making this cross-cultural exploration all the more intriguing, and pleasurable. She serves up Brazilian gems in Portuguese (a sun-dappled “Samba Saravah” and buttery “Manha De Carnaval”) and English (the frisky “Telephone Song” and ebullient “So Nice”), augmented by French interpretations of “Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar” and “Você Abusou” and a bilingual (French/English) “A Felicidade.”
Additionally, she unfurls an exquisite “And I Love Her,” soft as a moonbeam, and, with Thompson’s assistance, makes an impressive songwriting debut with the gently swaying “Is It Really You?”
Diana Panton - vocal
Maninho Costa - vocals, drums and percussion
Bill McBirnie - flute
Kiki Misumi - cello
Reg Schwager - guitar
Silas Silva - drums and percussion
Don Thompson - bass, piano and vibraphone
Diana's release, to Brazil with love (2011), is a tribute to the samba and bossa nova traditions of Brazil. The album features the most adventurous instrumentation to date. Maninho Costa and Silas Silva add Brazilian rhythms on drums and percussion, while Kiki Misumi on cello and Bill McBirnie on flute add colour and texture. Don and Reg are still the mainstay of the trio and provide delightful accompaniment and soloing throughout. The album appeared on a number of Best of 2011 lists, including those of Japan's Jazz Critique Magazine, Tim Perlich, JAZZ.FM's hosts Jaymz Bee and John Devenish. The album also ranked #1 for eight weeks on the jazz sales chart in Greater China and Singapore. All three of Diana's most recent albums appeared simultaneously on the Top Ten jazz sales chart for 12 weeks in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The album was nominated for a JUNO, a Canadian Independent Music Award and an American Independent Music Award.
If the expression "the art of interpretation" has ever applied, then it does here. Expressiveness, paired with a voice that is trained in top notch jazz techniques, gives us a vocalist that ranks among the greatest young chanteuses of our time.
Volker Doberstein, tonart magazine, Germany
The mood is consistently light, refined and even dreamy. Tracks are coloured by discrete percussion, the shimmer of Don Thompson’s vibes and on occasion, Bill McBirnie’s fleet flute or Kiki Misumi’s cello. Some might discount music as easy on the ears as this as insubstantial, but the depth of Panton’s craft and authentic delivery, as well as the unerring and very much substantial playing by Schwager and Thompson (who does triple duty as only he can, playing bass, piano and vibes) argue against that.
Peter Hum, Killing me softly (CD review), Ottawa Citizen
Panton does, indeed, have a delightfully sweet (though never cloying) sound, a tonal purity that is arrestingly beautiful.
Christopher Loudin, JazzTimes Magazine
[Read the full review]There are very few Canadian artists who fall under the category “Deserving Of Wider Recognition” more than vocalist/composer Diana Panton. Her three previous releases have all been wonderfully musical delights and To Brazil With Love is no exception.
John Sharpe, (CD Reviews: Hot Indies), Scene Magazine
This has been a banner year for Hamilton-based jazz vocalist Diana Panton. The Juno-nominated songbird, though still currently holding onto her day job as a French teacher, has received offers to perform in places as far afield as Japan as she continues to attract a steadily growing coterie of fans and ongoing respect from the Canadian jazz music establishment.
Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine
Rising Stars to Watch [...] the gloriously gifted Diana Panton has quietly developed into one of Canada's premiere jazz vocalists. Her latest release, the breezy To Brazil With Love (eOne) is a sweetly seductive swing through samba and bossa nova with a French twist that well shows Panton's impeccable sense of taste and control.
Tim Perlich, CBC Radio 3 webpage
Diana Panton's subtle near-whisper voice is a perfect fit for bossa-nova. Her music draws you naturally into the bossa-nova world. The simple and pure quality of her music, blended together with a sweet and wistful voice are a very enticing combination. Many pure and honest Brazilian bossa-nova singers come to mind, such as Nara Leao. Diana's voice has a purity in common with them. Her bossa-nova incites the carefree aura of youth and freedom.
Nobunari Takai, Jazz JAPAN
Have you ever thought to deem someone a great singer, simply because he/she appears to have the innate ability to sing bossa-nova tastefully? Music lovers with a special corner in their music library for such favorite albums, will definitely count Diana Panton's fourth release among them. Her music, sung in both English and French, has an elegant jazz touch that is noteworthy. Also, her sweet voice has that particular charm essential for bossa-nova jazz.
Kazutomi Aoki, Japan's CD Journal
Diana's interpretation of Jobim's "Tu sais je vais t'aimer" gives me the pleasant illusion that a new melody has been created on the original melody and it makes me want to listen to the song over and over - forever. Diana Panton's Bossa Nova songs are a delightful discovery for me.
Goro Ito, Japan
Pure and more infectious than ever, Diana Panton’s vocal performance on the new album is relaxing, enchanting and outstanding!
Ma Kei Fat, Hong Kong's Ming Pao Weekly
Diana Panton knows how to highlight the best qualities of her voice in order to make the most of her sweet, refreshing, yet penetrating sound. Nowhere is this more evident then when she sings her own original composition, Is It Really You.
Stanley Wai, Hong Kong's AV BI-Weekly
A versatile bossa nova album, Diana Panton’s very natural, spontaneous interpretations and soft voice make the listener feel content and warm. This audiophile recording is highly recommended.
Vitus, Hong Kong's Audio Technique Magazine
“To Brazil With Love” from vocalist/composer Diana Panton is a perfect jewel of a CD. Each delightful track is an exquisitely manicured musical facet, set firmly in the Brazilian idiom and seamlessly sung in French and English by Panton. Her diaphanous vocal sound never insists and her high speed vibrato is like the beat of a hummingbird’s heart – natural, untainted and pure.
Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, WholeNote Magazine
“What a genuine recording this is. Without any reverb or artificial components, this album truly presents Diana Panton’s beautiful voice and her music.”
Hi- Fi Review, Hong Kong
“Diana Panton is reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto, providing a breezy and relaxing interpretation of “Dreamer” which seems carefree and honest. Yet, this apparent simplicity is the result of Panton’s attention to pursuing perfection in every detail.”
Xinmin News, Shanghai China
01. Samba Saravah 4:00
02. This Happy Madness 4:05
03. The Telephone Song 1:55
04. Manha de Carnaval 5:23
05. So Nice 3:29
06. Is It Really You? 4:21
07. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes 4:00
08. Daus Mon Ile 5:28
09. Felicidade 4:41
10. Tu Sais Je Vais T’aimen 4:21
11. Dreamer 3:41
12. And I Love Him 4:44
13. Fuis Comme L’Oiseau 4:40
14. Que Reste Toil de Nos Amours? 6:52