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C. Michael Bailey, ALL ABOUT JAZZ.COM
"Hubka makes her way to into a select group of jazz vocalists/instrumentalists, where she rightly assumes a place of honor."  full review

Michael G. Nastos, ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"A picture perfect vocalist if there ever was one."
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Ken Dryden, ALL ABOUT JAZZ/NEW YORK
"...an inventive, gifted interpreter of a wide range of material...Hubka handles the standards associated with Sinatra very well, as she has likely had most of them in her repertoire for some time. "
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Harvey Barkan, LA JAZZ SCENE
"Delightful crystal clear vocals, with a jazz-attitude presentation."
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LA Jazz Scene
"Singer/guitarist Diane Hubka and guitarist Pat Kelley make lovely music, especially in this intimate atmosphere."  full review

eMusic - Musicscribe
5 Stars! "Hubka has an beguiling vocal style that immediately captures the listener...Though this release is filled with jazz guitar stars of impressive credentials, Hubka herself also lends her guitar to the outing with adept result. Highly Recommended."  full review

Just Jazz Guitar
"Two of the guitarists, Eschete and Hubka, use seven-string instruments with added lower range lushness, following the lead of the late, gentle genius, George Van Eps."  full review

Jazz Sensibilities Blogspot
"There is truly something for everyone on West Coast Strings and if you are a vocalist and/or guitar player, this recording is a must to study the intimate relationship between these two romantic instruments. Fine work, looking forward to West Coast Strings part II."  full review

All About Jazz
"Hubka's bass lines and chords are clear and flowing...She conveys the emotion behind the heartwarming lyrics."  full review

All About Vocals
"When a vocalist is also an instrumentalist, the value of the presentation is that much sweeter... Hubka has an unaffected style that feels honest and organic. She truly conveys the story of the lyric."  full review

LA Jazz Scene Performance Review
Catalina's Jazz Club - Nov. 2013

"Just gorgeous...What can I say about a group of wildly talented musicians except that they were good, extra, extra good...almost like listening to a master class."
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Jazz Times
"She has steadily grown more relaxed and heartfelt in both her singing and playing...Understatedly lovely."

Improvijazzation Nation
"You won't soon forget this one, and I can guarantee that it will continue to stay on your playlists for female jazz vocalists!"
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Fame - Acoustic Music.com
"God Almighty! ...mellifluously upbeat, appraisive, wistful in positive tones, and smile-inducing."
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Bebop Spoken Here Blogspot
"The feel good West Coast vibe infuses the album."
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Midwest Record
"The esteemed New York jazzbo packs her golden voice and seven string guitar and heads west for a guitar summit."
 full review

Grady Harp, AMAZON
"Diane Hubka soars in this magical album" - full review

Joe Lang, JERSEY JAZZ
"It is always a pleasure to listen to a singer who combines a pleasing voice with intelligent lyric interpretation and the kind of musicianship and musicality that Diane Hubka possesses. "  full review

SWING JOURNAL MAGAZINE, JAPAN
"I Like It Here/Live in Tokyo: Placed among the best vocal albums on the 2008 Jazz Disc Award"

Dan Singer, Singer's Singers, In Tune International Nov. 2009
"She reminds me here of Jackie Cain and Marlene Ver Planck. That's praise indeed. "  full review

Caroll Coates, songwriter, "Sunday In New York"
"I put your CD on again this a.m. and listened to it in a quiet house with no interruptions - what a gem! hard to pick out any special tracks 'cos they're ALL special! "Winter Moon" beautiful and the "blue" one too, obviously close to your heart as mentioned in the notes. Thank you for the very nice reading on "S.I.N.Y." - with a jaunty, walking feel, tastefully appropriate to the setting. "

TOM BINGHAM, "GENERAL ECLECTIC" - WCVF-FM; SUNY Fredonia
"There are hundreds of women jazz singers. But Diane Hubka has emerged as one of the cream of the crop with I LIke It Here: Live in Tokyo. "

Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Producer, JAZZ STATION RECORDS, BRAZIL
"Diane is her own woman and approaches each of the songs with strong personality."  full review

Hajime Sato, EASTWIND IMPORT
"Supported by a trio of sensitive, swinging and eminently capable Japanese players, Hubka dazzled the Japanese audience with her intelligent improvisations, understated emotions and energy."
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C. Michael Bailey, All ABOUT JAZZ.COM
"Hubka roars back on the scene with an astute collection of standards."  full review

Christopher Loudon, JAZZTIMES
"She wraps her clear-as-mountain-stream sound around “The Look of Love,” “Close Enough for Love,” “Wild is the Wind” and “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm” with consistently winning results."  full review

Ken Dryden, ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"Diane Hubka adds to her impressive resume as one of the top jazz vocalists of her generation."  full review

Joe Lang, JERSEY JAZZ
"Her ballad singing gets straight to the heart of a lyric, and she swings nicely when the tempo picks up."  full review

Rob Lester, Talkin' Broadway
" As a confident jazz singer, Diane is not put off by some adventurously structured melodies that have interesting twists and turns and swoops and rhythms."

George Harris, ALL ABOUT JAZZ, Los Angeles
"Hubka has created an entirely new songbook all her own ... with a voice as cool and calm as the Mediterranean Sea."
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Jim Santella, LA JAZZ SCENE
"Her voice serves as a key instrumental member of the band."
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Shohei Chujo, Japan's SWING JOURNAL
"5 out of 5 Stars: Arguably the biggest discovery since Gambarini."
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Masamichi Okazaki, Japan's SWING JOURNAL
"4 1/2 out of 5 Stars: Hubka is also a good guitarist, and we get to hear her accompany herself in Luiz Bonfa’s “Manha de Carnaval.”"
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Chris Neilson, NPR RADIO - "ON THE BANDSTAND"
She does a great job throughout and by the time it was all the way through, I had to listen again! Very good effort in my opinion and a winner.

D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter
"The combination of Diane's pleasant vocals with the strong band makes this a winner!"  full review

João da Penha, RADIO PROGRAM: "JAZZ & BOSSA NOVA"
"You are one of the indisputable divas of jazz & bossa nova vocal. Your subtle and appealing interpretation is simply superb!"

Christopher Loudon, JAZZTIMES
"Hubka's selections are refreshingly eclectic."  full review

Jim Fisch, 20th CENTURY GUITAR
"She sings with the same cool, breathy embouchure of a sax player."
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Ed Benson, JUST JAZZ GUITAR
"If your toes aren't tapping here you've got a problem..."   
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Alan Bargebuhr, CADENCE
"Diane Hubka simply will not disappoint. She continues to sing beautifully...balancing on her lovely sustained tones with the wiliness of a unicyclist."

Don Heckman, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"The sweet-toned timbres of Hubka's voice and the coolly articulate qualities of her interpretations were precisely right for a program that moved easily from whimsical Bob Dorough tunes to standards and bossa novas."

Will Friedwald, THE VILLAGE VOICE
"Hubka shows how a sweet sound and a swinging style can work hand in glove, and has assembled as eclectically entertaining a collection of non-standard material as one could wish for. "

Mitchell Seidel, HOTHOUSE
"As fine a selection of guitarists as anyone could ask for...the perfect backdrop for Hubka's often lilting, well-trained voice."  
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Dick Crockett, KYDS FM Still Another Jazz Show
"Diane Hubka follows on new cd where she's accompanied by such great guitarists as Bucky Pizzarelli, John Hart, Romero Lubambo and others.. It's a sophisticated, nice sound with a fine selection of tunes and with Hubka's smooth alto voice. It is a terrific cd."

Dave Nathan, ALL ABOUT JAZZ.COM
"Diane Hubka is in the same class of vocalists as Carol Sloane, Sue Raney, and Jackie Ryan..." full review

JAZZINE.COM
"The all-star band gives intimate support, a gentle background while her voice soars."

Dan Singer; NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY
"There is much of the quality and sound of the wonderful and very special Irene Kral in Ms. Hubka's splendid voice which is a joy to behold."

Glenn A. Mitchell, LA JAZZ SCENE
"...beautiful vocalizing and exquisite guitar playing."   full review

John Gilbert, JAZZ REVIEW.COM
"...a must for discerning jazz aficionados."   full review

Chris Walker, LA JAZZ SCENE
"A lovely voice that expresses gentleness and understated confidence."

LeRoy Downs, THE JAZZ CAT
"Even smooth roads and clear days ahead can take a detour towards ...this multi-talented musical professional."   full review

George Hughes; KCSM FM, San Mateo CA
"There are so few vocalists whose intonation is so wonderful, or whose timing and execution of a song is so adept and hip."

Ken Dryden, ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"Jazz singers rarely reach the heights of this outstanding CD."
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Patricia Myers, JAZZTIMES
"An excellent improviser, she capably handles the angularly complex lines of "Israel", enriched by the searing alto sax of Lee Konitz"
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Roger Crane, LA JAZZ SCENE
"She is a master of time and she can employ melody modification with the best jazz singers."  full review

Dr. Frank Forte, Guitarist
"The guitars sound like they were made specifically for Diane's beautiful vocal renditions."

Ken Vose, author of Blue Guitar
"You Inspire Me is, to coin a phrase, the product of a 'mutual inspiration society.'"

Wayne Wright, Guitarist for Peggy Lee and Tony Bennett
"Your instrumental strategy is brilliant in terms of diversity of colors. Guitar players all play with a different point of view and your album strongly brings this to the table in living color!"

Russell Malone, Guitarist
"A very lovely voice and a lot of passion."

Scott Yanow, L.A. JAZZ SCENE
"Diane Hubka's second release, (Look No Further), is one of the best in recent times."

Don Price, JAZZ IMPROV
"A big 'thumbs up'"

Michael Bourne, host of "Singers Unlimited"
WGBO FM; Newark, NJ

"I heartily agreed (and voted) when Haven't We Met? was nominated for a 1999 Jazz Award for Best Recording Debut. Look No Further offers more of the same, and even better."

Drew Wheeler, Senior Editor Vocal/Theatrical, CDNOW.COM
"A uniquely talented musician."

Dave Nathan, ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"This is as entertaining an album as has hit the streets for quite a while with not a single bad track."  full review

William Collins, JAZZ IMPROV
"Diane blows in with synchronous vocals and scat that floats on the crest foam of the combo's surging waves"

Jack Frieden, "Vocal Sound of Jazz", WHRV FM; Norfolk, VA
"One of the freshest voices I've heard in quite some time. There isn't a bad moment on either album."

Ken Dryden, CHATTANOOGA TIMES
"Terrific vocals and breadth of songs; this is easily one of the best jazz vocal CD's of the year."

Bob Karlovits, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
"Her voice and presentation of lyrics are remarkably clear, blending nicely with a strong sense of swing and a tonality that is always precise."

Gary Vercelli, KXJZ FM, Sacramento, CA
"We have given Diane Hubka's (Look No Further) a heavy rotation. She is an engaging vocalist with a subtle approach, a relaxed manner, and an original sound."

Fred Brouchard, WMBR FM, Cambridge, MA
"(Look No Further is) a killer, right off the bat. Will air play for sure!"

Michael Colby, www.52ndstreet.com
"Diane Hubka sings with character and taste on a smart set of swinging jazz tunes. "

Jack Simpson, "Jazz On The Beach", WUCF FM; Orlando, FL
"Her approach is so natural, it's almost like she's not singing - But she is - So very well!!"

Dr. Frank Forte, JERSEY JAZZ
"On her second outing on CD, Diane Hubka proves to be a stylish new vocalist with witty phrasing, fresh ideas and sincerity. Her repertoire is surprising, exciting and unusual."

Dan Singer, NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY
"Her singing on this second album is like a fine wine that has gotten better with age...Don't neglect this one. It just happens to be sheer perfection on all fronts."

Willis Perry; WCLK FM, Atlanta GA
"Thank you again, for your lovely gift of music! Spent the morning with your wonderful, "Look No Further", CD. You indeed have a a wonderful voice. Baltimore Oriole... Dolphin Dance...Photograph...Small Day...August Moon...knocked me out and shall get much deserved airplay from me and my colleagues at WCLK!"

Bruce Tater; KETR FM, Commerce, TX
"I know that this one is a WINNER. I plan to feature the CD with air time for at least half the songs in future shows. Your choice of material is great and adventurous with tunes not often heard. WONDERFUL!"

Randy McElligott; CHUO-FM, Ottawa, CANADA
"What a beautiful warm recording. Love it!"

Nate Guidry; PITTSBURGH POST-GAZZETTE
"...a winning CD with style, flair and naked unpretentiousness, (Haven't We Met?) ranks with some of my top jazz vocal albums for 1998."

Ken Dryden; CHATTANOOGA FREE PRESS
"She has bop chops aplenty...Smashing debut!"

Mike Joyce; THE WASHINGTON POST
"She delivers ballads in a disarmingly uncomplicated manner, and when the tempo turns swift, has the agility and range to keep up with the fine musicians she's enlisted to back her up."

Eric Alan, "Fine Music Radio"; Cape Town, South Africa
"I've recently got your CD and it's being played on our station regularly. The listener feedback has been very positive. The album has just got onto the record store shelve in Cape Town."

Rusty Hassan, WPFW 89.3 FM; Washington, DC
"I'm enjoying your CD, and playing it when I'm on WPFW. "

T. Sharif, "The Jazz Broker", KJLU 88.9FM; Jefferson City, MO
"I'm giving you some heavy airplay on my morning drive show "The Breakfast Jam"!"

Bob Dorough; Musician
"As good a jazz vocal set as you could hear."

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