"Diane Marino is an unusually unique talent… great pianist, vocalist and arranger”-
"Diane Marino plays swinging piano, is an accomplished arranger and sings up a storm, - she’s one of the best I’ve heard in the past several years. - add to that Diane’s well-crafted arrangements, and the resulting album deserves to be called special. The backup musicians are excellent! Congratulations to all concerned!"
"Honey toned Diane Marino stays with the American Songbook for the most part, with a rhythm team of Chris Brown/dr, Frank Marino/b, and Pat Bergeson/g along with Ms. Marino accompanying herself on piano. Even better, Houston Person brings his foggy tenor into the studio and delivers warm obbligatos and solos on material like “Get Out of Town” and “I See Your Face Before Me.” Marino has an exceptional ability to enunciate a lyric clearly, and her timing fits that of a piano player, making the note hit just the right place for the most swinging effect."
““Great piano performance & arrangements- and Diane’s voice is- perfect!””
"Thank you" for including my song on your "Loads of Love" CD. And, also to compliment you on your "super" talent. I worshipped Shirley Horn and one of the highlights of my career was getting a chance to record her. “Someone You’ve Loved” was written especially for her, but your rendition leaves me without words. I was “blown away” with your CD. You’re definitely my kind of singer and pianist as well. Thanks again and keep on giving the world all your wonderful music."
“DIANE MARINO/Loads of Love: Houston Person doesn’t just honk his sax here, he shows up as producer as well, and his first hand knowledge of the old days lends some special sauce to this piano bar set of classics. Knowing how to frame the songs and Marino’s piano playing vocals, the result is a high octane example of a classic piano bar thrush of a certain age delivering the goods with the kind of flair that keeps bringing you back night after night. A killer set for when you’re in the mood for some sophistication with bounce, this is first class, solid, adult listening that connects. Well done.”
"Loads of Love" - Diane Marino -“The singing and musicianship are outstanding” Bob Collins – WRHU Jazz producer
“ "The collaboration of Marino & Person for "Loads of Love" is a winning combination and a step in the right direction for traditional jazz. A gorgeous collection of blues-influenced ballads and love songs." Eric Harabadian- Jazz Inside Magazine May 3,2013 ”
““Loads of Love”-Diane Marino possesses impeccable phrasing, her voice has beautiful colors and tones and the new arrangements are lush without detracting from yet another wonderful recording from a truly magnificent vocalist and pianist”…”
"Ms Marino's piano/vocal just can't be bettered. Her incredible tender-soft velvety- caressing lyrical vocalizing is non stop. Some of the most delicate carefully laid-back singing you'll ever hear..."
“Diane Marino : 2011 Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Coffee Talk Jazz Radio: "Tonight we Celebrate and Congratulate Pianist/Vocalist Diane Marino for her 2011 Jazz Vocalist of Year award from CoffeeTalk Jazz Radio Fans. Her award is best on fans votes from 10,000 polled in Major US Markets and International followers of the show"... Ms. Bridgette Lewis Executive Producer CoffeeTalk Jazz Radio Dec 29th 2011.”
“Just received “Loads of Love”... Let me say you have another winner. Excellent mix. I will be showcasing it within the next few weeks. Having a hard time picking 3 songs out, the whole CD is superb. I'm in love with "It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream" Houston's Sax and your voice is melting, better then Sarah Vaughan or Dinah Washington's versions. This will be a challenge to pick out 3 songs. Anyway just wanted to say congrats on the CD - it is great!”
“Diane Marino “Loads of Love” .….. …..And joy, and happiness, and skills, and variation… and so this can be the shortest review of a CD.., but a wonderful CD and an asset to everyone’s collection… But should this be such a short review? No Way! Diane amongst the great musicians that accompany her lets you enjoy great music and great lyrics where variation and joy of making music is giving all her listeners these “Loads of Love”. Therefore it will be a pleasure to give the CD as much airplay as possible so every music lover will be convinced to get this CD in collection. Already looking forward to the next project because we can rest assure that this talent will not end for a long long time because “Loads of Love” can fill a lot more CD’s At least for now lots of luck with this CD and… thank you for the music!”
“Diane Marino delivers yet again. Can this girl do no wrong? She absolutely nailed the 60s genre the last time out with her “jazz-i-fied” arrangements and now she slays the Great American Songbook with her new album “Loads of Love”. Here at WHLI, we just put several tracks into rotation. Definitely check this album out if you want to spend a little quality time curled up with some brilliant music. Anytime you combine terrific vocal performances with outstanding arrangements, you’re gonna get what you have here. A slam-dunk winner!”
“Singer/pianist Diane Marino combines sophisticated solos and elegant, expressive vocals in a distinctive and exciting fashion. She also exceeds in another related arena: Brazilian music. Her CD's blend standards with outstanding versions of bossa nova and samba, sung in Portuguese.”
“- "[A]ll 12 songs (Just Groovin) are catchy tunes made decidedly more interesting by the bluesy Marino and an assortment of first-rate guests.”
“On The Street Where You Live" Ms. Marino approaches these eleven songs direct and straight forward. She offers the essentials of the tunes, and gives them true interpretations. There is also infinite charm in Ms. Marino’s piano work.”
“Diane Marino’s new album JUST GROOVIN’. is an absolute show-stopper! classy, top-drawer stuff. I highly recommend it!”
“Great variety, Jazz to the max!”
"A Sleepin' Bee"- A plus for the Jazz world..very impressive. You are real Jazz.
"Diane Marino is a confident pianist and singer who is equally at home with ballads and rhythm tunes. She has admitted to being influenced by Shirley Horn, and her choice of songs like “Someone You’ve Loved” and “Loads of Love,” both tunes recorded by Horn, reflects that influence. The inclusion of the rarely heard Ellington tune “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dream” is a welcome plus. As always, having Person on hand is an enhancement worth adding. Welcome to my consciousness Diane Marino!"
“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.”
“Just Groovin” is a real head turner. Ms. Marino mixes the right amount of commercial appeal with an inviting splash of jazz and soulful playing for the curious ear. Thanks for dusting and polishing these classics into your great interpretations.”
“It’s fabulous.. My prediction? “Just Groovin’” is one of the strongest vocal releases of 2008.”
" On The Street Where You Live" - "Diane Marino gives a new and exciting twist to some venerable standards and deftly performs a few relatively rare tunes.
"A Sleepin' Bee"- "Jazz in its purist form."
“A rich and full voice, superb piano playing. Love the mix of standards and Brazilian tunes. 1st class!”
“A true diva; superb singer and pianist.A swinging Bossa Nova singer , very appealing voice.”
“Talented Jazz vocalist Diane Marino grooves on “Groovin” with support from Felix Cavaliere, who wrote the classic ‘60’s hit. Marino has the pipes, and the record’s arrangement, production and instrumentation shine. ”
"Just Groovin"- "Brilliant re-interpretations of pop standards...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!"
“Every one of the selections on "Just Groovin" 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"...”
““A Sleepin’ Bee” is the most wonderful CD I’ve received this year. The Portuguese tracks are soft and wonderful. Excellent work from a wonderful vocalist and quartet.”
“Diane Marino’s treatments and approach on her new release, “Just Groovin”are fresh and confident, making these performances both timeless and distinctive. ”