I Absolutely love this album. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble of fifteen extremely talented and versatile female musicians, that swing, with a “Big Band” sound that will completely leave you thirsting for more. The fact that this band is comprised entirely of women, makes it a melting pot for talented musicians who remain greatly under exposed to define and express themselves in such a male dominated industry. They are hard charging, powerful and their anniversary project album is all that and more. Every song on this album swings with vibrant sound and stellar soloists that really take charge. This twelve song collection contains all original compositions by its members. The precision of each contribution to the project, highlights the alliance of skill by each musician, beyond their exceptional playing artistry.
The first track on the album is “East Coast Andy” which really sets the mood for the entire compilation. The melody is performed with an excellent woodwind section surrounded by a strong brass section. Each section of band hits, show how tight a band can be after playing together for twenty-five years. Jami Dauber’s trumpet solo is marvelous and stirring. The solo is full of blues tonality over the medium-tempo of solid swing. Baritone sax player Leigh Pilzer’s is just buzzing with the full rich language of Jazz, which is the heart and soul of this song and all of the other pieces on this tremendous work.
A 25th anniversary is a rare milestone in the music world today. Band leader Sherrie Maricle, is the driving force behind this Jazz machine of excellence. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra goes above and beyond the label of an just another all-female band. This is all about a combined sound and force of women who have worked hard for each of their accomplishments as players and game-changers in the industry today.