Jane Monheit: Come Dream With Me (2001)
With the help of Barron and McBride, Monheit keys her ways through standards such as "I'm Through With Love" and "Blame It On My Youth" (which features a fittingly remorseful trumpet line by Tom Harrell), then enlists Richard Bona to strum her through Bread's "If." Bona also sets the tone for a triumphant tackling of the twisting tongue tango "Waters of March," which is a challenge in itself. To prove the extent of her growth, Monheit closes the album with a juvenile rendition of the opening track, but there is much more evidence of her artistic development throughout.
So for those frustrated musicians who have nothing better to do than nay-say what may indeed be the next big thing, take Monheit's invitation and dream along.
Track Listing: Over the Rainbow; Hit the Road to Dreamland; Spring Can Really Hand You Up the Most; Waters of March; I'm Through With Love; I'll Be Seeing You; Something to Live For; So Many Stars; If; Blame It on My Youth; A Case of You.
Personnel: Jane Monheit: vocals; Kenny Barron: piano; Christian McBride: acoustic bass, electric bass (9); Gregory Hutchinson: drums; Tom Harrell: trumpet; Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone; Richard Bona: acoustic guitar and fretless bass (11).
Record Label: N-Coded Music