I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU
Dione Taylor may be among the best things exported from Saskatchewan in many years. Born here, the daughter of a pastor, she would enroll in the jazz program at Humber College of Applied Arts and Science and over time a true Canadian flow of jazz would emerge.
I Love Being Here With You is Taylor's second album, and this one is certainly big time good. This is a collection of love songs, and Taylor's voice easily carries you away to such thought. It doesn't hurt that she is as beautiful as her voice is smooth either.
It should come as no surprise this CD is as good as it is. Her 2004 debut disk Open Your Eyes earned Juno, Canadian Urban Music and National Jazz Awards nominations, testament to the strength of that album.
Taylor doesn't miss a beat here either. From the lead cut Little Black Dress, which Taylor co-wrote with Liz Tansey, through more familiar pieces such as He's Funny That Way, this young siren does it all right.
Taylor also shows here that she may grow as a jazz writer too, with songs such I'll Be There and the aforementioned Little Black Dress having her influence in the writing stage. They may not be the strongest cuts here, but they do show a natural direction for this songstress to go next.
I do like Nothing Compares 2 U, Fantasy, I'll Be There and several other cuts on this CD. If you like sultry jazz with the theme of love this one is a can't miss.
Check out this former Saskatchewan singer at www.dionetaylor.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
- Review first appeared Yorkton This Week newspaper May 16, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada