Stacey Kent: Breakfast On The Morning Tram (2007)
The opening tune, "The Ice Hotel, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jim Tomlinson's newly-minted enigmatic gem, charms with her deliciously clear delivery. The title track is another newbie by Ishiguro-Tomlinson that has Kent painting a savvy word portrait of an Amsterdam morning. The more familiar "Never Let Me Go is typical of how skillfully she can wend her way through deeper moments while never losing her particular lightness.
Whether it's the playfully French "Ces petits riens or the samba mood of Bergman-Mendes' "So Many Stars, Kent's a Loreley to whom one surrenders unreservedly.
Track Listing: The Ice Hotel; Landslide; Ces petits riens; I Wish I Could Go Travelling Again; So Many Stars; Samba Saravah; Breakfast On the Morning Tram; Never Let Me Go; So Romantic; Hard-Hearted Hannah; La saison des Pluies; What a Wonderful World.
Personnel: Stacey Kent: vocals; Graham Harvey: piano and Fender Rhodes; John Parricelli: guitars; Dave Chamberlin: double bass; Matt Skelton: drums and percussion; Jim Tomlinson: tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, flute.
Record Label: Blue Note Records