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Album Review

Different people remember the 1960s in different ways. Jazz-pop singer Diane Marino treats them as a source of love songs on Just Groovin. Marino boasts some '60s influences in her singing, which owes a little to Dinah Washington in its deliberation and a little to Shirley Bassey in its manner, although Marino's style is essentially buoyant and happy; she practically sounds pleased with herself much of the time. That's not a bad feel to get into '60s love songs, but the problem with the album lies in the arrangements, also by Marino. Simply put, nearly every one is the same, with a piano-based jazz accompaniment leading to a similar-sounding horn solo. The soloists are estimable, with people like Kirk Whalum and Houston Person. But after awhile the approach becomes predictable. Thus, when the pattern is broken, the songs stand out. In particular, the duet with Felix Cavaliere (who sang the original) on "Groovin'" is welcome, along with Cavaliere's Hammond B-3 organ solo. And Anthony LaMarchina's cello on "Never My Love" pleases if only because it isn't another horn. The use of the horn soloists couldn't be more deliberate — they even get credited on each song on the back cover. But the '60s, whatever one may think of them, was a time of experimentation and many different, even clashing styles. The '60s were never dull, but sometimes this album is.

Customer Reviews

"Brillant Interpretations of Pop Standards" Bob Perry, The Penthouse Radio , NY

“Just Groovin’, the latest offering from Diane Marino, features wonderful re-interpretations of pop standards. Blending Traditional Pop with Contemporary Jazz…these are not copies of other versions. Diane’s fantastic voice along with her innovative arrangements, is accompanied by such greats as Kirk Whalum, The Rascals Felix Cavaliere (a duet w/ Diane on “Groovin’”), Houston Person and Wycliffe Gordon, 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. BOB PERRY, THE PENTHOUSE RADIO, NYC, NY "Ms. Marino offers brilliant re-interpretations of pop standards..." "With Diane"s CD - "Just Groovin" - some of these classic, chart-topping hits might just find their way back to the Billboard Hot 100" "Diane's duet with Felix Cavaliere singing his signature Rascals tune "Groovin'' -is perfect! WHLI RADIO -NY- PAUL RICHARDS - PROGRAM DIRECTOR "It succeeds at every level".... Just Groovin' is a plan to perfection.." Every one 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"... "Beautiful vocals and out of this world arrangements and orchestrations"... Utterly enjoyable from start to finish"... FRANK-JOHN HADLEY, DOWNBEAT CRITIC Diane Marino sings with clarity and a pleasing ease of expression on the attractive material chosen for her recommended new jazz album, Just Groovin'. She's a class act. Noted saxophonists Houston Person and Kirk Whalum and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon are among the soloists in the swinging big band.

Just Groovin' - 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


Diane Marino's "Just Groovin'" CD is outstanding. Her vocals are impeccable, the arrangements first-class.


Born: New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Jazz singer/pianist Diane Marino was born in the New York City borough of Manhattan and began piano lessons at the age of ten. She attended the High School for the Performing Arts as a classical piano major, then studied piano with Murray Perahia at the Mannes College of Music. She had already begun appearing professionally before earning her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Mannes, playing and singing around the New York metropolitan area. She worked solo until she met bassist...
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