King Kudzu Magazine
Montgomery, AL
Jason Kneip

Diane Marino Quartet
“A Sleepin’ Bee”

If you’re a jazz buff and enjoy a female pianist/vocalist with a bold voice,
”A Sleepin’ Bee” brings together jazz standards and Latin , covering a variety of music styles. She and husband and bassist Frank Marino sync their instruments masterfully on tunes like Horace Silver’s “My Sister Sadie” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is”. The title cut, “A Sleepin’ Bee” uses a solid medium swing tempo different than other versions of this jazz standard, with Chris Brown lending his steady-handed talents to the skins. If you like Brazilian and Latin Jazz, “Killer Joe” and “Incompatible Thoughts”, featuring Diane’s smooth, sultry voice over soft tenor sax. Indeed, Diane’s voice is one of the best things about this album. A bold strong falsetto that never waivers when a note is held for any length of time. If you’re an enthusiast of female jazz vocalists, this album is for you.