Viviane Martin has been in the music biz for over 25 years. She has a flexable approach to her music. Singing everything from folk to rock to opera to jazz to praise and worship music.
Her career has seen her perform at the major Canadian Jazz Festivals and her studies have taken her to New York, Chicago and Washington.
Viviane Cardinal and Dan Martin have been making versatile and dynamic music together for 21 years. With this versatile musical language and solid performance experience they create an exciting, new sound for vocal jazz. Their originaland bold approach is best noted for being fresh, using interesting melodic and
rhythmic nuances while visiting a varied landscape of sound.
I Know a Thing is Viviane’s second CD recording as a leader, and features a fine cast of contemporary jazz
musicians. Included are special guest Juno Award winner Hugh Fraser on trombone, bassist Jim Vivian, Owen Howard on
drums and Dave Restivoon piano. There is an atmosphere of
excitement that cultivate the nine tracks that comprise
I Know a Thing. The CD features original vocal
jazz compositions that sit comfortably in the mainstream of vocal jazz. Themusicianship of Viviane and the band is jazz at its finest with swing and funk grooves moving seamlessly over differenttime signatures. Noteworthy performances
include stellar interplay between Viviane Cardinal and the band on I Know a Thing, Hugh Fraser's lush trombone and Jim Vivian’s bass on Friend and Dave Restivo’s introspective
intro for Of God and Chocolate. Owen Howard creates an amazing rhythmic weaving on Kicks.
Dan Martin and Viviane Cardinal
Viviane Cardinal Voice
Hugh Fraser Trombone
Dave Restivo Piano
Jim Vivian Bass
Owen Howard Drums
★★★★ out of ★★★★
CD of the week
Viviane Cardinal's second album, I Know a Thing, demonstrates that
the Calgary singer knows a thing or two about the power of jazz to
make the listener feel glad to be alive. Cardinal's expressive voice
exudes warmth and pleasure as it travels gracefully in and out of the
tight and intriguing textures woven for her by trombonist Hugh Fraser,
pianist Dave Restivo, drummer Owen Howard and bassist Jim Vivian.
Her versatility, and the unassuming approach she takes to her material,
is reminiscent of the great Sarah Vaughan.
"Rhythm, it all begins with rhythm." Cardinal sings in the first of the
CD's eight original tracks. The wonderful truth of the phrase is borne
out by the rest of the album. Bob Clark
Calgary Herald Friday May 23, 2003