Diane Blue

Diane Blue
Live Review - CD Release Party at Waterstreet Cafe

By Bill DeTellis
October 2010

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On Friday, September 17th I went to see Diane Blue's CD release called “Live at Chan’s” at the Water Street Cafe in Fall River. I have to say right up front that it was one of the most professional shows I have seen this year. Diane Blue's voice and harp playing is among the best around. She was nominated in 2007 as the best blues and female singer by the Providence Phoenix. She has also toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. Add to this woman's talent two top notch guitarists, Timo Arthur on lead and Lenny Bradford on bass, with Cliff Spencer on keyboards and Jeff Thompson on drums, and you have the combination that won the Mass. State Blues Challenge this year. But that's not all: add three seasoned professional brass players, Bruce McGrath on sax and flute, John Moriconi on trumpet and Jimmy Capone on sax and you have a combination that gives you that big band sound. I know I am showing my age, but I compare it to Phil Spector's wall of sound.

The songs on the CD include some covers like “At Last,” Fever,” “Neither One of Us Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye” and “I'll Take You There.” While it is difficult to cover songs like those by the great Etta James and Peggy Lee, Diane and her great band did justice to all of them. The CD also includes four original songs written by Diane: “Don't Stop,” “Gypsy Child,” “Crazy, Hazy, Lazy” and “Wonderful Addiction.”

This was my first visit to the Water Street Cafe. The room is spacious and had its own sound man, who did a great job blending all eight pieces in the band. The dance floor was very good and full most of the night. If there is any negative, it is that it is tough to find and even more difficult to find your way out. A GPS is a plus with this place.

The show was excellent and Diane is captivating. I have seen her before and would not hesitate to recommend that you go see her, especially if the show includes the brass section she had at the Water Street Cafe. The CD is very entertaining and I would buy it. Besides, it comes with a guarantee according to the band emcee, Jimmy Capone, as he joked, “If you don't like it you can return it, and we will give you back one we don't like.” I think you will like it.

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