No More Blues
3 out of 4 stars
O's Notes: Maria has an amazing story that starts in the Philippines where she was born into a musical family. She started singing as a teenager an eventually moved to Honolulu where she met pianist Jimmie Dykes. They formed a life partnership and a jazz-pop band that became popular in Clubs in the Pacific. Eventually they moved to Jimmie's hometown of Riverside, CA where they became more stable working musicians. In 2005 Maria was diagnosed with cancer. She successfully waged a battle that leaves her performing happily today with No More Blues! It is a pleasant undertaking featuring eleven covers of pop and jazz standards. Among the best are Favela" and In Walked Bud".
--D. Oscar Groomes
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