We’ve discovered the perfect soundtrack for lazy weekends. Instead of parking in front of the television, try enjoying the sweet crooning of Canadian jazz artist Diana Panton.
Diana Panton is a seasoned jazz singer who’s won awards in her native Canada and is internationally known and loved. Last year her album RED won Canada’s JUNO music awards prize for Best Vocal Jazz Recording.
I Believe in Little Things is her debut children’s album, and it’s everything a jazz album should be: smooth, mellow and sweet.
The album is an anthology of classic songs from Disney, Sesame Street, Willy Wonka and others. Some songs are little known, and others more familiar.
Since Diana Panton is Canadian, it’s not surprising when she breaks into French on the final verses of “In a World of My Own” or “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s a lovely touch, and nice to expose kids to other languages whenever possible.
Panton’s collaborators on the album are renowned musicians in their own right. There’s the Order of Canada awarded pianist Don Thompson, jazz guitarist Reg Schwager, but perhaps the best, not to mention unexpected, instrument is the cello, played beautifully by Coenraad Bloemendal.