“Flute? And now, all sorts of rhythm sounds. You really pulled out everything on this one. I like the music and I like the unusual factors which are a pleasant surprise.You have really created a rich tapestry of sound here. There are enough rhythm instruments to make for a fascinating sound and complex rhythm. The musical instruments backing up the flute are providing a very rich picture for the flute to work against… someone needs to sign you up, this was fantastic.”
December 31, 2013 crowd review of “Forest Dance” – Reverbnation
“I really like the wind instrument in the introduction. It’s extremely peaceful and relaxing to listen to. I cannot begin to describe how I felt when the intro progressed into the rest of the song. It was great! I love the tropical getaway vibe I got when listening to this. I could close my eyes and picture myself on a beach, somewhere in the Caribbean, drinking champagne while peering off into the ocean. I really loved this song. It was incredibly creative and fun. I could also imagine hearing a song like this on the radio in Hawaii, or just at some beach themed party or club.
March 27, 1979 Chuck Berg – Down Beat Magazine
An interesting surprise entrance of dancer Daina Shukis toward the end of the set… Exuding sensuality, the dynamic Ms. Shukys, finger cymbals aloft, meshed beautifully with the ever-expanding spirals of musical agitation… the talent and sincerity of Ms. Shukis and the musicians… Again, Steig has dared to be different, to explore,to probe.
Chuck Berg- Downbeat Magazine
March 12, 1989 Vernon Reid – Guitar Player Magazine
Marvin Horne played with (drummer) Elvin Jones and Defunkt. He’s the best jazz guitarist I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He can play a steady stream of the most beautiful, melodic eighth-notes you’ll ever hear, and never play the same thing twice. He’s from St. Louis and he’s still playing.
Vernon Reid – Guitar Player magazine March 1989
I like the sound of this now. The live-lounge sweet electric guitar at the very beginning of the song sounds pretty good. Then the introduction with the woman singing and the beat of those sweet drums! Whoa this is pretty good track! Oh god, that sweet bass too I can’t believe I missed that too! Forgive me, the bass player of this song. Anyway, I live the fact that there’s no chorus to this song, just a solo of instrumentals. Especially that sweet bass, man. That bass solo is just brilliant. Then the intro of the vocals again. The low tone of the bass, the high guitar and vocals, plus the sweet beat of the drums compliment each other better than the colors of the American flag. And wow, that ending too, that was live?! that was amazing, that was definitely a 10/10 and I’ve only ever given a 10/10 once before, to a track much similar to this, sweet bass and sweet instrumentals. Anyhow, 10/10 well played! (review of” Movie Show”)
The prelude of the song the presence of the rhythms and blues of the guitar combined with the accompaniment sets the tone for the artists voice. The songs melody speaks volumes of a live band at a chic and hip bar. Recommended for all music lovers! (crowd review of” Movie Show”)
“December 31, 2013 crowd review of “The First Time I Saw You Baby – Reverbnation “the sound of the music seems to sneak up on you. the beat and the compelling music is very full. the tune at hande here is crafty and together, a well blended instrumental arrangement. this singer has creativity in here voice, she playus the words to this song. has a very attractive a personable voice. makes her performance very strong, shows a talented and gifted touch in this song.””
“It sounds wonderful. .. has an acoustic melody technique and the accent was detailed; I appreciate how the rhythm and tempo bounce. It expands freely. This was delicious and thick with a wondrously stellar structure. The exceptionally raucous undercurrent design used by this song was creative and the beat sounds well flavored. (review of Love Potion, Wild Herb and Perfumed Smoke)”
If you like LIVE performances from the hot spots of New York City during the new wave pop culture with a jazz/rock/funk/fusion groove, you will enjoy these vintage audio and video recordings from “CBGB’s”, Soundscape, 8BC, the Bottom Line, Lismar Lounge, and others to come. Daina Shukis fronts a variety of bands with many of the same players all of whom are masters in their field. Dancing has always been a big part of Daina’s act incorporating her love of middle eastern and African styles with new wave pop art attire a La Carnival. Her vision with day-glo lightly enhances the atmosphere of exotic sensuality. While Daina is dancing this combination of exceptionally talented musicians is exhilarating. Daina composes most of her own material also with co-author Jeremy Steig. Having danced professionally in middle eastern night clubs for many years hearing the best musician from the middle east she has incorporated a middle eastern flare in some of her writing. We hope you enjoy this creative mix of talented artists. (from pagelous.com)
“From the beginning, this track lured me right into another world- one that is far less stressful than the reality I reside. Soothing and enchanting, the vocals weave around you like some sort of bewitching spell. I felt as if this track was meant for meditation or massage therapy. Or if you’re an artist in need of some serenity for inspiration. However, this track will surprise you! Because the tempo and melody change to a more upbeat and awakening vibe. Once this happens, you won’t meditate. I went from feeling almost sleepy to wanting to get up and dance with the unique vocals and rhythm. Never heard anything like this track before in my life- that is a compliment! it’s fun and surprising.”
“I like the flute that begins this song. It is a very cool touch that is seldom heard. The music would be great for relaxing. It gives me a feeling of being in some exotic land and hearing beautiful music. Then the song changes into an uptempo R&b number. It is progressive and intriguing music. I give this artist credit for thinking outside the box.”
“There’s a beautiful flute sound playing progressive jazz changes on a mode. Then a sweet voice enters. The sound has no rhythm. It’s spacey. Now the guitar comes in with the drums playing some funk with a incredibly fly bass. The vocalist is singing “chica chica boo” I like the bass, drums and guitar. The singer is scatting and singing going slowly down stream. Her upper register is remarkable. This is Funk Jazz.”