Joseph Diamond

Not Your Typical New Yorker

For those, which love the special mixture of Smooth and Latin Jazz ("Latin Jazz with a smooth polish") Joe's album Not Your Typical New Yorker will be first choice. Typical for Indie productions Joe Diamond had to fight against the ignorance of industry and radiostations. Joe comments: "I am trying to get the music heard but it is tough when you are an unknown." Joe's tunes are sophisticated. You have to listen not only to the first measures. Several pieces have different tempos and are unique in the variations of style. 

Joe's album was released in 1999 and received a great echo under the reviewers as shown below. But without a great promotional machine the album would collect dust. So give the album the attention, it deserves. Put it on your turntable. I don't know, why Joe called his album Not Your Typical New Yorker, because I would presume the origin of the music in South America. That becomes comprehensible if one knows that Joe studied at the university of Miami jazz and had his first engagement with an Argentinian group in Aruba.

The album starts with the uptempo iQué Rico!, a nice interplay between Drew Francis' tenor sax and Jo's piano. Remarkable the piano solo beginning in the second half of the album. Que salsa!

On Not Your Typical New Yorker Joe anew shines up with a brilliant piano play. Some jazz some salsa.

Cuchifrito is like a cooking soup, slowly bubbling, then after reaching the boiling point a hot jazzy and salsy piano solo again. Joe doesn't miss the opportunity to show his immense talent and skillfullness.

Florence, a tune dedicated to the people of Florence, Alabama, is a more contemplative piece like a silence-pole in stormy weather.

M & M drives back to uptempo Bossa Nova. Perfect the arrangement and interplay between Jo's piano and the rhythm section. Joe really rules the salsa. His music goes into the blood, you wanna dance immediately or play a conga.

Un Hombre, dedicated to Bernie Williams, pictures Joe's more jazzy side of music. Is it the rhythm of bongos and congas, witch Joe seduces to salsa again?

Montoya is Joe's nickname, he received during his first job in Aruba. "For some reason they dubbed me Montoya. Supposedly, they call the big bird in Sesame Street Montoya and maybe because my hair is long they called me that. I don't really know, but I kept the name and intend to." Obviously the name has inspired Joe to this song, on which we can hear the late Drew Francis on flutes. Easy and twirling like a little bird they jump over the scales.

Little Past Midnight is a captivating Smooth Jazz tune, the typical candle- light-and-red-wine-before-chimney-mood. It 's a relaxing delight to listen intensively to this tune sitting in a chair.

An orchestral soundscape is to hear on Julia. 

Slowly and melancholically approaches Hope your heart.

In the same mood finishs Broken Heart this album. Joe plays his piano in a more classical attitude.

Not Your Typical New Yorker is no musical fastfood. One should take time and leisure to enjoy the album in repose.





The musicians:
  • Joseph Diamond - piano
  • Vince Cherico - drums
  • Leo Traversa - bass
  • Drew Francis - flutes, tenor sax, keyboards
  • Pocholo Segundo - conga
  • Emedín Rivera - percussion
  • Rudy Romero - bongo
  • Norman Hedman - conga solo
  • Joe Barnes - percussion
  • Sharon Thome & Drew Francis - sythesizer arrangements



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