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"Sweetly melancholic and defiantly optimistic, jazz vocalist Dione Taylorís voice is like a perfect first date after months of singledom. We canít resist."
- Nick Aveling (SWAY Magazine. May 7, 2007)
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"Dione Taylor's got a love thing going on -- a new album dedicated entirely to the vagaries of amour."
- Ashante Infantry (Toronto Star Dec 14, 2006)
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"Blessed with a voice of almost unimaginable power and quality, Dione Taylor has managed to achieve both commercial and creative success within a traditional jazz genre yearning for fresh innovation"
- Jon Sarpong (Eye Weekly December 13,2006)
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"Falling in love sends jazz singer to the kitchen"
Ashante Infantry (Toronto Star Dec 14, 2006)
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"The blues goes right down to her soul..."
- Leonard Turnevicius (Jamilton December 13, 2006)
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"Taylor has a fine voice for blues"
- John Valenteyn (Maple Blues- John's Pick's January 24, 2007)
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"Dione Taylor is one of the brightest young stars on the Canadian music scene. She is the total package! She has the looks, the voice and the musical experience to make a huge impact on the music industry."
- David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat and Tears)

"Dione understands how to get to the emotional centre of a song; how to make you feel what she feels. It's all about heart, and Dione puts her whole heart into everything she sings."
- Andy Sheppard (Host of CBC After Hours)

"The Saskatchewan born, Toronto based vocalist's latest CD, I Love Being Here With You, should catapult her into the forefront of a crowded field of Canadian jazz singers."
- Leonard Turnevicius (Hamilton Spectator)

"The second album by Canadian songstress Dione Taylor I Love Being Here With You, finds Taylor in fine form and backed up by an orchestra of top rated, world-class musicians, producers and arrangers. With no end of talent from song to song, there is something for everyone on this recording. Taylor sings from the heart, she has a rhythm and blues base to work from and each and every song swings con-passione. The production is of award-winning quality and highlights Taylor's intriguing style. Dione Taylor is a very soulful, bluesy singer who has developed a nice sound that is all her own."
- Paul J. Youngman (Live Music Report)

"As usual Dione's in fine form - will be surprised if this isn't a winner".
- Dave Milbourne (Toronto Jazz)

"You don't have to be a jazz purist to love being near this new album by Dione Taylor. The former Reginan who's building an impressive career in Toronto goes in many vocal directions without losing her way on her new album."
- Saskatoon StarPhoenix

"... singer Dione Taylor rocked the house"
- Amoryn Engel (National Post)

"Dione Taylor is truly a gifted singer. Her genuine heartfelt presence creates a warm and intimate mood with which she interprets songs from the great American songbook"
- Dr. Billy Taylor (Jazz Legend, Educator & Recipient of NEA Jazz Masters award)

"This CD is a great introduction to a beautiful new talent. Dione has everything it takes to become a major artist-performer"
- Don Thompson (John Handy, George Shearing, Jim Hall, Paul Desmond)

"On her superb sophomore album "I Love Being Here With You", songstress Dione Taylor delivers a winning combination of intellect and soul."
- Kerry Doole (Tandem)

"A vocalist strong on the rich sounds of jazz, soul, blues and gospel, Taylor's debut album offers interesting material and a crack band of Toronto players anchored by the trio of Brian Dickinson, Jim Vivian and Davide Direnzo. The Regina- born singer who went through Humber's vocal program shows she possesses the right tools to exploit a voice of considerable character. She cruises a medley of stylings neatly on "But Not For Me, is warmly intimate on "I Fall In Love Too Easily" and on the opening of "A Beautiful Friendship" is just terrific! "Open Your Eyes" showcases Dione Taylor's promising future."
- Geoff Chapman (Jazz Reporter-Toronto Star - September 2, 2004)

"Dione Taylor sings with a potent mix of style and substance.  She manages to shift "seemingly effortlessly - from jazz to gospel to blues, reminding us of how interconnected these musical forms are. But it" more than that.  Dione understands how to get to the emotional centre of a song; how to make you feel what she feels. Sure, she can take an old jazz standard and make it sound new again.  She can take a brand new song and make you believe that it's been around forever.  But in the end, it's all about heart, and Dione puts her whole heart into everything she sings."
- Andy Sheppard (Host of After Hours- CBC Radio 2)

"Blessed with an incredible voice, Dione Taylor is well on her way to being one of Canada's ambassadors of music. She's a wonderfully versatile vocalist, whose warmth, charisma and integrity captivate the listener. It is indeed very clear that Ms. Taylor is here to stay!"
- Denzal Sinclaire (Verve Recording Artist)

"..it all comes down to the voice and Dione Taylor's is one for the ages. Her training may be responsible for the utter impeccability of her performances, but hers is a voice that transcends technique, a voice that simply cannot hide the sheer joy of making music. It may be her gospel roots - Taylor was the musical director of her church at age ten - but whether happy or sad, Taylor brings a warmth and a refreshing generosity of spirit to every song she sings. An absolutely wonderful debut, this one qualifies as essential. Get it!"
- John Taylor (Jazz Reporter- ejazznews.com - April 13,2005)
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"Dione Taylor has the elegance and grace of a Diva, the chops of a jazz veteran, and a band that adores her. On top of that, she writes excellent original material. It's hard to believe she's still in her twenties!"
- Jaymz Bee (Host of "Jazz In The City" Jazz.FM91)

"For those of you who appreciate passionate vocals, wonderful musicianship, interesting repertoire, and just the right amount of soul, this is a great CD to add to your collection. More wonderful Canadian talent ... ya gotta love it!""
- Heather Bambrick (Host of "Sing, Sing, Sing" Jazz.FM91) Jazz FM91 News Release



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