It never hurts to be sultry, and to have a voice to match when playing jazz, and Diana Stabel has the combo going for her. This lady is pure sexy whether looking at her pretty smile, or listening to her voice on her debut release Wave.
Stabel comes from Edmonton, not exactly what most of us would recognize as a jazz hotspot, but that view may soon change as people become familiar with this lady.
Stabel's website at www.dianastabel.com explains her as, “a darling of the jazz and folk genres, Edmonton-based vocalist Diana Stabel captures audiences with her seasoned technique, sensual and distinctive tone, expressive phrasing, and lucid sincerity.” OK, I can buy that as pretty accurate from this CD.
Stabel was one out of only 20 artists awarded a grant from Rawlco Radio as part of their 10K 20 project, one of the most important programs in creating new recordings from the Prairies in years. The result of it is this debut album, produced by Juno nominee and Canadian Indie Award winner Sandro Dominelli. The album is composed of nine jazz standards and features some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians including Chris Andrew on piano, Robert Walsh on guitar, Mike Lent on bass, and Sandro Dominelli on drums.
This is one that jazz fans will want to search out because it could well be the start of a very solid career. Stabel can clearly sing, doing so with enough style you'll remember her. She really does a nice job of songs such as Just Squeeze ME, The Lamp Is Low and Nice and Easy.
This is one gal I'd love to see live on stage, if this city only had a venue for jazz.
Check her out, you won't be disappointed.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 6, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada