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Diane Nalini’s new album, 'Kiss Me Like That,' is a collection of 13 songs celebrating humanity's fascination with the sky. From the title track's infectious rhythms, to ‘Cuando sale la luna’ - Diane’s sultry ode to the moon, her original compositions on this album are all influenced by the wonders of the sky and stars. Her six original songs are perfectly complemented by classic jazz standards chosen carefully for this project, like “Stardust”, “Skylark”, “They All Laughed”, as well as her intimate interpretations of folk & pop songs such as James Taylor's “Sweet Baby James” and Sting's “Valparaiso.”

Songs from Kiss Me Like That have already attracted considerable interest in the media, being previewed nationally on CBC Radio's “The Sunday Edition”, “Fresh Air”, “As It Happens”, “Metro Morning” and CBC Radio Two's documentary programme, “Inside the music.” It has also garnered praise and airplay on Radio-Canada's “Espace Musique.” Maclean’s Magazine, Canada's national news magazine, also did a full-page article on her recently.

Singer/songwriter Diane Nalini's previous album put a uniquely modern spin on the words of William Shakespeare. Her latest CD “Songs of Sweet Fire” is a collection of fifteen sonnets and songs from the plays set to her original jazz, funk, and blues music. “It was very important to me to let the phrasing of the words dictate the style of music I wrote for each song. I decided to set only those songs which were in more modern sounding English, to highlight the timelessness of Shakespeare's words,” says the singer of her compositions. “Songs of Sweet Fire” is Diane's third album.

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”Diane Nalini has the voice, the phrasing, confidence, clarity and control to make a tune her own and turn it into a nuanced thing of beauty.” - Irwin Block, The Montreal Gazette

“'After dusk' is a gorgeous collection of standards sung with quiet, enunciated power.” - Time Out Magazine, London, UK

“Seriously gifted. Diane Nalini is spoilt for talent.” - The Sunday Times, South Africa

“Rendering songbook standards as well as French chanson, Brazilian classics, her own compositions, and settings of poems by Shakespeare and Tennyson, Nalini consistently displays bell-clear tone, meticulous enunciation, playfulness and subtle swing.” - Ian McGillis, The Globe and Mail, Canada

“I was completely overwhelmed by the eloquence and limpidity of her voice. Whether interpreting American Jazz songbook giants, the continental chanson tradition, Brazilian bossa nova (new wave) music, or her original compositions, a common trait was evident: she captivates her audiences.” - Charles Mifsud, The Sunday Times, Malta

“Mellifluous contralto, emotively nuanced, rhythmically pliable, seductively melodic, phrases like back in the day (Billie, Ella, and Carmen)

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Album Songs of Sweet Fire by Diane Nalini

Songs of Sweet Fire

Earthglow Records
2006

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