Christmas Kiss (Remastered) Diana Panton
- 1Kissing by the Mistletoe04:32
- 2Baby, It's Cold Outside04:46
- 3Christmas Kiss04:04
- 4Winter Weather02:53
- 5C'est Noël Chéri: C'est Noël Cheri03:28
- 6Winter Wonderland03:57
- 7Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas05:15
- 10Winter Warm04:47
- 11The Christmas Waltz03:55
- 12Christmas Time Is Here 04:35
- 13Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!03:27
- 14Images of Christmas04:45
- 15Douce nuit (Silent Night)02:50
Info for Christmas Kiss (Remastered)
Diana Panton’s latest release, Christmas Kiss, is a delightful mixture of carefully selected chestnuts, obscure gems and new originals. This album is sure to become a seasonal favourite! “The quality and the mood of the music on this album is very different from your typical seasonal disc; you don’t have to play it only in December. Personally, I could listen to this recording all year long.” (Guido Basso). Since her initial album release, Panton’s career has been gathering steady momentum. Her ethereal voice and strong aesthetic vision have garnered her numerous honours, including two previous JUNO Award nominations, two Silver Disc Awards in Japan, a host of Canadian and U.S. indie nominations, as well Top 10 sales chart success in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her work has been consistently praised by listeners and music critics alike for its unique vocal delivery, exceptional song selection, quality musicianship and audio fidelity.
The quality and the mood of the music in this album are very different from your typical seasonal recording. You don’t have to play it only in December. You can listen to it all year long and really get your money out of it. Diana’s voice is in top form here; she is like an instrument. Listening to this record with its beautiful arrangements makes one feel content, warm & cozy.
"With a purr as smooth as whipped egg nog, Panton makes Christmas Kiss a sprig of audio mistletoe, backed by the light touch of jazz trio trumpeter Guido Basso, guitarist Reg Schwager and Don Thompson on bass, piano and vibraphone." (Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald)
[...] Diana Panton [is] a sensitive singer with a lovely voice who brings a warm glow to all 15 tracks on Christmas Kiss. She deftly uses gossamer shading and rhythmic subtlety to recondition conservative picks like “Winter Wonderland” and more thoughtfully chosen tunes, such as Ted Shapiro’s 1941 composition “Winter Weather” and John Leslie McFarland’s “Kissing by the Mistletoe.” (Frank John Hadley, DownBeat)
Diana Panton, vocals
Guido Basso, cornet, flugelhorn, trumpet
Reg Schwager, guitar
Don Thompson, bass, piano, vibraphone
Harrison Kennedy, vocal (on track 2)
2xHD Mastering René Laflamme
2xHD Executive Producer André Perry
Her keen aesthetic sense has attracted the attention of some of the jazz world’s most respected masters. When Order of Canada and legendary multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson first heard Panton sing at age 19, he recommended she audition for the reputed jazz workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada). There, she studied under Norma Winstone (and in subsequent visits, Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan). "When the great singer Sheila Jordan said Diana Panton 'sounds like the sweetest bird you'll ever hear', she helped define some of the ephemeral delicacy that marks Panton as unique." (Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life)
Before recording her first album, Panton completed an Honours Masters degree in French literature and fulfilled a teaching engagement at the University of Paris (France), followed by a position as a French Sessional Lecturer at McMaster University (Canada). She then completed a teaching degree in French, Visual and Dramatic Arts which would eventually lead to her current position at Westdale Secondary (Canada).
When the time finally arrived to go into the studio, national award-winning guitarist Reg Schwager was invited to join Don Thompson for some stellar accompaniment behind Panton’s pure vocals. The late great Montreal jazz critic Len Dobbin called “...yesterday perhaps” one of the finest debut CDs he had heard in years! It landed Diana on the covers of VIEW and NOW Magazine and the album made NOW's TOP 10 Discs of the Year. The album was also awarded a Silver Disc Award upon its release in Japan in 2011.
Since her initial CD release, Panton’s career has been gathering steady momentum. Her impressive catalogue of internationally acclaimed albums have garnered numerous honours, including a second Silver Disc Award in Japan, three JUNO nominations, 7 Hamilton Music Awards, a host of National Jazz Award nominations, Canadian and American Independent Music Award nominations. Her sophomore album, "if the moon turns green ..." was the first place jury-selection to perform at the Jazz à Juan Révélations where she was voted Première Dauphine by the Juan public. Most recently, she was named one of Canada’s TOP 5 Jazz Vocalists by CBC radio host Tim Tamashiro.
One gets the feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg for Panton... this artist is on the brink of something big.