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Just Groovin'

by Diane Marino

Great songs from the 60\'s in a Big Band/Smooth Jazz/Pop-Jazz format featuring guest artists: Felix Cavaliere (Young Rascals), Kirk Whalum, Houston Person & Wycliffe Gordon. Songs we all love updated and very creative.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Baby I'm Yours
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2. So Much In Love
4:56 $0.99
3. Then You Can tell me Goodbye
5:09 $0.99
4. Groovin' (Duet with Felix Cavaliere)
3:48 $0.99
5. Anyone Who Had a Heart
4:26 $0.99
6. Baby It's You
3:57 $0.99
7. The Warmth Of The Sun
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8. Walking In The Rain
4:56 $0.99
9. Dedicated To The One I Love
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10. Hello Stranger
4:14 $0.99
11. Yes I'm Ready
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12. Never My Love
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Diane Marino Just Groovin'

What is it about the songs of the 60's that magically draws us back in time?

Just Groovin', the latest offering from Diane Marino, features wonderful re-interpretations of pop standards.Blending Traditional Pop and Contemporary Jazz...these are not copies of other versions. Diane's fantastic voice, accompanied by such greats as Kirk Whalum, The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere, Wycliffe Gordon, Houston Person among others, is a breath of fresh air for these tunes, reminding us once again that a great song can be interpreted in any number of styles.
"There were so many great and diverse songs with no rules and no boundaries. These were not just"pop" songs, they were songs of substance. They were messages and emotions that transcend time and connect with us today. For myself, these songs make me smile after hearing the first bar!
The songs I have chosen are but a few that are wonderfully timeless... From great writers as Burt Bacharach to classic groups as The Rascals, The Beach Boys, The Tymes and The Ronettes, these songs offer a great soundtrack to our memories.
I hope you will enjy my interpretations here, as I left the classic versions to the great masters of that most expressive and explosive decade in music history!"
Peace & Love!-Diane

Just Groovin' - Featuring:

Kirk Whalum: Tenor sax on track 9
Soprano sax on track 2
Felix Cavaliere: Vocals & B-3 Organ on track 4

Houston Person: Tenor sax on tracks 3,6,11

Wycliffe Gordon: Trombone on tracks 5, 10



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Roger Day

Diana Marino\'s new CD is outstanding! Silky smooth vocals, incredible arrangements and unusually good bass playing.

WHLI Radio Paul Richards, Program Director

Just Groovin'
WHLI Radio - Long Island, NY

Review by Paul Richards, Program Director - July 12, 2008

Diane Marino - Just Groovin’

"Just Groovin'", the latest album by Diane Marino is the kind of project that if those involved are not extra careful, could easily fall flat on its face. Thankfully, that is not the case here. Far from it in fact. It succeeds at every level. It's a collection of a dozen 1960s classic songs. That concept in and of itself is not new. It's been done before. Most recently by Frankie Valli and Barry Manilow. But this album is a horse of a different color entirely. It is obvious what Diane and her team set out to do. And that is to record these songs not in the traditional styles for which they were intended, but to "smooth jazz-a-size" them. Risky to say the least. It's not enough to simply say "here's what we're gonna do" and go in there and slap something together. You really have to be able to execute this kind of plan to perfection. And that's what's been done here. Attention to detail has been paid in spades with regard to every aspect of this recording. Right down to the chirping birds at the end of "Groovin", a duet Diane does with none other than Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals who had the original hit with it. Wanna feel wonderful? And for no particular reason whatsoever? Just take a listen to "The Warmth Of The Sun", the old Beach Boys classic. Everyone of the selections on this album can stand completely on their own as great pieces of music. But as a whole, the album becomes bigger than life. It's one of those albums you listen to in its entirety, then turn right around and play again. It's that good. And if I had to pick three reasons why, I'd have to say the vocals obviously, which are handled ever so professionally and beautifully by Diane Marino, the out of this world arrangements and orchestrations that you have to hear to believe, and the band itself which plays throughout this album as if it's the last time they'll ever be in a recording studio. These guys are on fire. Throw in very slick production too. Yes, the sound quality of the disc is heavenly. All in all, "Just Groovin'" is an utterly enjoyable endeavor from start to finish.

Bob Perry - The Penthouse Radio

Just Groovin'
The Penthouse Radio – NYC

Review by Bob Perry - July 12, 2008

Diane Marino - Just Groovin’
When you hear the concept of Diane Marino's brand new album "Just Groovin' " - a reworking of 60s pop tunes in a jazz setting - some folks might get visions of Bill Murray's lounge singer on Saturday Night Live singing the theme from Star Wars. Thankfully, that isn't the case.

The definition of a standard is a popular song that has been recorded or sung generation after generation - a song that is well written and continues to convey an emotion or idea to a new audience. When you think of "standards" - names like Johnny Mercer, Sammy Kahn or Cole Porter come to mind, right? Well, I doubt that any of these gentlemen were concerned whether people in the 21st century would still sing their ditties. They were creating the popular music of the day. The real importance to them was if their latest effort would sell copies of the sheet music and/or record or be the show-stopping tune that patrons would leave the theater humming and wanting more!

So, it makes perfect sense that the tunesmiths of the 1960s like Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Burt Bacharach & Hal David and Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati should help form the basis for this new collection of "standards". After all, was the team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney any less a musical force in their time than, say, George and Ira Gershwin?

Which brings us to Diane Marino's brand new CD. Rather than mere "covers" of these songs, Ms. Marino offers brilliant re-interpretations of pop standards. Listening to the pre-release copy again in my car yesterday, I was struck by how these songs sounded fresh and how they could have just as easily been the same monster hits with these new arrangements.

The "single" on this album is Diane's duet with Felix Cavaliere singing his signature Rascals tune "Groovin'". The fact that he also performs the song with the legendary Hammond B-3 organ makes it perfect. It loses nothing from the original in my ears and I've listened to that one cut at least 20 times in the past week. (I make no apologies - it's what I do).

Born in the borough of Queens, NY; Diane calls Nashville home these days and with that address has access to top quality musicians and production facilities. Solo performances by jazz notables Kirk Whalum (tenor/soprano sax), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) and Houston Person (tenor sax) bring big-name appeal to the effort.

Diane Marino has had success in the jazz category with her previous efforts "A Sleeping Bee" (2003) and "On The Street Where You Live" (2004). Both charted on the jazz charts and won her praise with reviewers and listeners. Now, she needs to bring "Just Groovin'" to the attention of the mainstream adult contemporary radio programmers. This just might be how some of these classic, chart-topping hits find their way back to the Billboard Hot 100.

We're doing our part - you can hear Diane Marino right here on The Penthouse. Enjoy!


Scott O\'Brien

SmoothJazz.com Review
Scott O’Brien’s rules for covers: 1) Create fresh, unique versions; and 2) Make sure you retain the essence of the originals. If you want the perfect example of how to do this the right way… the stunningly compelling way… look no further than Nashville-based singer Diane Marino’s new album JUST GROOVIN’. This one is an absolute show-stopper! A dozen of my all-time favorite 60’s pop standards, from artists like The Beach Boys, Rascals and Ronettes, performed with sparkling jazz and big band arrangements. This is just an outstanding project and really a fun, fresh take on songs that are instantly recognizable to those of us who were around for the originals. Even if you’re too young to remember the originals, these are still fantastic performances of great titles like “Baby I’m Yours” and “The Warmth of the Sun” and the duet, “Groovin,” featuring The Rascals’ Felix Cavaliere, the original singer of this pop classic. Add in guest appearances by sax men Kirk Whalum and Houston Person, plus trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and you have sealed the deal on one of the most enjoyable listens for me in a long time. Diane Marino’s JUST GROOVIN’ is classy, top-drawer stuff. I highly recommend it! ~SCOTT O\'BRIEN

Doug Wayne

Doesn\'t Get Any Better!
Diane Marino\'s new CD \"Just Groovin\'\" is a rare achievement. This record is pure entertainment. It is a perfect example of how to produce and arrange standards so as not to loose the magic that caused them to be standards in the first place. You will not be dissapointed. This CD is fun from the 1st cut to the very last. FIVE STAR PERFECTION!

Ed & Cate Bigler

A Hip, Lush Retrospective, August 25, 2008
A Hip, Lush Retrospective, August 25, 2008
By Catherine A. Bigler (Nashville, Tn)

Diane Marino and Partner, Frank, have created the best effort yet in their tasty discography. The arrangements are velvet-lush, guest artists outstanding, and the choice of material begs for play and replay. Ms. Marino has never sounded better. A must.
Catherine and Edward Bigler
Natchez Trace Records

Real Blues Magazine by Andy Grigg

Just Groovin\' Delivers the Goods!

In the 30 years I’ve been reviewing albums/CDs I’ve come to realize that there are certain things you can ‘bet on’ and while some are Positive ‘Truths’ there are unfortunately several Negative ‘learned-from-experience’ attitudes I’ve incorporated. Readers will know how often I’ve ‘sermonized’ over the years when it comes to the vocal talents of Caucasians. When I say that 90 % of CDs by female Blues/Jazz vocalists don’t get a second listen let alone a review, I’m not exaggerating. I don’t enjoy bashing ‘talent’, I actually avoid it by employing our “If you haven’t got anything good to say…” stance and I do hope that every CD by a female artist (of light complexion) is going to be a great one. But, I’m usually let down, oftentimes by the ‘imitating-Koko Taylor school-of-vocals’ or the ‘Joplin shriek fest’. So, as this issue of REAL BLUES actually contains reviews of 3 or 4 exceptional CDs by White female vocalists I’m a very happy man! And, this artist, Diane Marino, is the one who REALLY delivers the goods. There’s a lot of do’s/don’ts when it comes to singing i.e. singing in key, pitch, timing and discovering what your strongest keys to sing in are. But then there’s also that most important factor that can’t be learned or created. It’s the natural timbre of one’s voice, the thing that makes people either love you, hate you or be totally unmoved in either direction. We all have our favorite artists whose voice stays attractive to us without fail, and we usually know this from the very first listen. Something inside of us, perhaps instinctive, causes us to react with unbridled enthusiasm to every verse that comes from this artist’s mouth and sometimes it may just be a particular song that contains that magic. (One wonders if there’s ever been any type of formal study on the topic of ‘What-voices-move-us-and-why’). I can say without hesitation that Diane Marino possesses one of those rare voices that grabs hold of you and gives you nothing but total pleasure from beginning to end (of this CD). I’m not a fan of Diana Krall, but I mention her name because this recording is of the same genre of music (i.e. Bluesy Jazz/Jazzy Blues) and Krall should be so lucky to sound anything like this. Diane Marino glides through these tunes with such finesse and a warm persona that I’m inclined to wonder if there’s ANYONE better. If there is, we haven’t heard them. This CD is an independent production on Marino’s own M&M Label but I’m sure by this time next year she’ll be signed to a major Jazz label. What’s really moving about this disc is that Diane tackles 12 of her all-time favorite tunes from the 1960s (mainly) and she’s chosen several songs that are heavily identified with mega-star vocalists. If you fail at this you fail hard, but Marino has the abilities to make you totally forget the originals and focus solely on her warm, sometimes sultry, but always classy delivery. And, while this is an independent release, the production calibre is nothing short of magnificent. Listen to this list of guest players: Cole Burgess (alto sax), Kirk Whalum (tenor & soprano sax), Houston Person (tenor sax), Felix Cavaliere (vocals/organ), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) and album session players are Diane Marino (piano & keyboards), Chris Brown (drums), husband Frank Marino (bass), Andy Russ (guitar), Sam Levine Mitch Reilly and Doug Moffatt (saxes), Scott Ducaj and Joe Gross (trumpet), Chris Dunn and Bill Huber (trombone) and believe it or not; a REAL string section made up of luminaries David Angell (violin), Monissa Angell (viola), David Davidson (violin) and Anthony LaMarchina (cello) – what a big, beautiful difference this human string section makes!
“Baby I’m Yours” opens the disc and as soon as Diane starts to sing you realize you’re in for a rare treat. Here’s a woman with a supremely attractive voice and she’s got it trained like an Olympic gymnast. But there is absolutely NO trace of excess and she knows when to lay back and when to take flight and soar. Burgess’ alto sax solo is inspired to say the least. “So Much In Love” is a perfect vehicle for Diane and on this tune (like the rest of the CD) she’s done an amazing job with the arrangements. This is one superbly talented lady. While “So Much…” is a Pop number anyone who can appreciate great music will focus on the elegance. “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” is a John D. Loudermilk tune that’s been done many times before, but never like this. This is pure Beauty. If this doesn’t make you melt then you ain’t got a Soul! This is her song now and Houston Person delivers his Bluesy sax with so much deep feeling that you’ll quickly understand why the man is considered (by those with taste/smarts) to be the Greatest living tenor man. I played this one over and over and then we slipped into that mid 1960s masterpiece, “Groovin’” and within seconds I was totally enthralled by this Marino/Felix Cavaliere duet. For those of you who don’t know, Felix was a member of America’s only legitimate White Soul Band, The Rascals, and he’s also the co-writer and original vocalist on this tune. What a treat to hear this wonderful tune reworked so sublimely. On “Anyone Who Had A Heart” Diane really cuts loose and delivers a Grammy-worthy vocal performance that’ll stop you dead in your tracks. “Baby It’s You” is another winner that allows us to hear Diane’s bluesy piano and once again, Houston Person lets loose with his Big Sax. Kudos to Diane for reworking and delivering a winning “Walking In The Rain” and while everyone of the 12 tracks are exceptional (for a variety of reasons) Diane’s smoky version of “Dedicated To The One I Love” is stunning as is the Barbara Mason classic “Yes I’m Ready”. There’s also lots of magic on “Hello Stranger”, the Atlantic Records Soul gem from Barbara Lewis. This is one tune that I thought no-one could/would cover but once again, Diane Marino steals it. Don’t be surprised if this amazing woman becomes a household name and frequent recipient of Grammys as you can’t really expect less for a talent this broad and deep. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s beautiful to look at, but that’s a really secondary ingredient when standing next to the beauty of her voice and music. For all of you who dig music for its beauty and artistic merit, I urge you to get hip to Diane Marino. She’s got that special something that so very few ever possess and with that in mind, I bestow our highest rating – 6 Bottles for the ultimate in Bluesy Jazz. What was once NYC’s personal treasure now becomes the property of The World.
…A. Grigg

Dennis Scott

"Just Groovin" is just great!
There are musical moments where both concept and execution exquisitely come together to form a timeless recording. Diane Marino has managed to do just that and make it look easy. Her collection of jazz influenced pop classics is an unbeatable combination. Add to that, Ms. Marino's incomparable vocals and you've got an album that you’ll want to hear again and again. There was obviously no expense spared on this project – from the clever arrangements to the live strings and brass. This album is first class all the way!

Dennis Scott

jack hale

Just Groovin
Diane and Frank really keep turning out great albums..This one, with the \"big band\" arrangements and the added players, takes it in a different direction...I love the Quartet albums, and now with this new album, she really shows her versatility..She\'s one of Nashville\'s best kept secrets and now after this album gets out, we\'re going to have to share her with the world..
jack hale