—Pat Hawes, Jazz Journal International
“Now and again a record falls onto your CD player that makes you sit up and say ‘wow, this is it!’ A recording that you feel impelled to play over and over again for the sheer joie de vivre of the performance, the infectious beat and the fine solos. Well, folks, this is one of those records. Definitely one of our Records of the Year…”
— Eddie Cook, Jazz Journal International
When Whose Honey Are You was finished and we heard it back, we loved it; but had no idea how listeners would feel. Several of the songs made Top Ten radio lists over the next few years. I think people responded to the pure joy built right into these songs. It was an incredibly creative time, working with great musicians and making magic. My first solo CD.
“The way Terry Blaine and Mark Shane go about presenting this tribute is as fascinating as the tribute itself… that these two are musical soulmates is very evident.”
— Dave Nathan, Jazz News
Too Hot for Words pays tribute to the Great Ladies of Swing: Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, and others who wrote the book on the hot jazz/swing style of singing popularized in the 1930s and 1940s. We used a great hot small band and group vocals to give the songs a more contemporary flavor, while holding true to the classic jazz tradition.
“…this is an album full of love, fun and first-rate performances.”
— Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz “Compact Views”
Our fifth major recording project, Lonesome Swallow was inspired by the great duet recordings of Ethel Waters and James P. Johnson, and features Mark Shane and me in an intimate duo setting, performing some of our favorite songs from the 20s, 30s and 40s.
“In the hands of Mark Shane and Allan Vache, hot swing playing is alive and well. This CD and show grew naturally out of our playing as a trio at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Benny’s music (and the ladies who sang with the band) has thrilled and inspired me, and made me grateful all over again to carry this tradition forward.”
— Terry Blaine, liner notes
What a treat to experience the Benny Goodman Songbook catalog of great music, from his early days as a sideman, to his time as a busy studio player, and on to his great tenure as bandleader and Swing icon. So grateful to have had such an extended immersive experience with this classic material.
“Mark and Terry are a marvelous team, a mutual community that needs no other players. We know what our response to this music is: it makes us feel the joy of being alive, We’re happy in the Blue Heaven that Terry and Mark create for us. You will be, too.”
— Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
Our most recent release, My Blue Heaven, returned us to our duo format, doing songs in our favorite styles, meant for intimate performance spaces. What a joy to bring this wonderful music to today’s audiences!
“What makes Blaine unique and important is her blending of the songs and insights of Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Mildred Bailey and Lee Wiley (to name a few) with the cutting edge of Patsy Cline. The result is a powerful and rich new synthesis of ‘then and now’.”
— Bill Randle, WRMR Radio, Cleveland, OH
Terry Blaine in Concert was the result of our love affair with Cleveland, which began when WRMR radio, especially DJ Bill Randle, started playing songs from Whose Honey Are You in early 1994. Audiences couldn’t get enough and wanted to see us live, so the radio station sponsored a show and suggested we record it. We were lucky to capture the absolutely electric atmosphere of that night, and the magic of touching an entire city with our music.
“This live recording at the Hanse-Merkur Auditorium in Hamburg, Germany, is just one more example of the universal language of jazz… good music always pleases. Mark Shane on piano leads the march down the road, now add the vibrant jazz voice of Terry Blaine and you have an excellent CD to add to your library.”
— H. Edwin Smith, Allegro
With Thee I Swing holds a special place in my heart, a live recording of our Hamburg, Germany show from 1997. It was a joy to record. The all-star band was really “on” that night, with spectacular solo and ensemble playing that brought Mark’s musical arrangements to life.