Born To Be Blue is the first CD from Diane Louise Roy.
Recorded at Studio 306 in 1992 in downtown Toronto, Born To Be Blue is Diane’s first CD. It was produced by Mike Roland. Diane performed as a vocalist only and had a number of top Toronto jazz musicians make up the various quintet formations for each tune. The different musicians that make up the recordings were chosen specifically for each style of song.
All seventeen of the songs found here are very diversified song choices. Most are all from the American Songbook, some are from Brazilian composers and the totality of the tunes span over a period of 30 years.
All of the songs on Born To Be Blue have been kept short, using the standard formation of 2 choruses, a bridge and another chorus for the most part. Instrumental improvisation was kept to a minimum in order to allow all seventeen songs to be recorded compiling a CD of a little over one hour.
The melody first time around is kept to the original, in order to preserve the integrity of the composers. Diane is a great fan of Ella Fitzgerald and in keeping with her style, she decided to stay with the melody and let the accompanying musicians do the improvising on this first Cd of Diane’s called “Born To Be Blue”. The songs on the Cd are as follows:
- Thou Swell
- Born To Be Blue
- Straighten Up and Fly Right
- All Blues
- Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
- Falling In Love With Love
- Don’t Explain
- It’s Over Now
- Night And Day
- The Island
- You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
- The Ballad Of A Sad Young Man
- ‘Dat ‘Dere
- ‘Round Midnight
- How High The Moon