Two-time Juno Award winner and Jazz vocalist Diana Panton has announced the October 28, 2022 release of her tenth album, blue. blue represents the final installment of a “musical narrative of romance”.
That narrative began with pink (2009 Juno nominee in Canada and Silver Disc Award winner in Japan), followed by RED (2015 Juno winner). This trilogy “charts the emotional arc of an ill-fated romantic relationship” and the colours symbolically suggest the music’s content: pink is “the infatuation of first-time love”, RED, “the passion of true love”, and blue, the “heartbreak and mystery of love lost”.
The release dates were deliberately spread over a decade from the first to the final album in the trilogy in order for the music to better reflect different stages in a relationship. I knew that my voice and perspective would be more mature if I waited to record the blue album a little later in my life.
Four longtime musical colleagues join Panton on the album, as they did on RED, tenor saxophonist Phil Dwyer C.M., guitarist Reg Schwager C.M., and pianist/arranger Don Thompson O.C., plus bassist Jim Vivian. The sonic landscape of blue also features the talents of the Penderecki String Quartet, who acquired their name in 1986 upon the invitation of the great Polish composer.