Jazz Treats for the Holidays: Miles Davis-Gil Evans and Stacey Kent
Mondays at Dizzy's will continue to present such adventurous productions and visitors should note that admission charges are greatly reduced for these shows.
Over at Birdland Stacey Kent greeted holiday visitors with tunes from her impressive new CD on Blue Note. Breakfast On The Morning Tram is a collection of pop covers ("So Many Stars", "What A Wonderful World") French love songs ("Ces Petits Riens", "La Saison Des Pluies") and originals from her husband/saxophonist Jim Tomlinson and author Kazuo Ishiguro ("I Wish I Could go Travelling Again", "The Ice Hotel" and the title tune). These latter compositions are particularly delightful and help to establish the CD as a breakout of sorts for the New York-born, London-based chanteuse. With the expanded repertoire of this outing Kent will, I'm sure, gain appeal with cabaret, folk and funk audiences as well as jazzers.
On the new tour Kent and Tomlinson revamped their group bringing aboard pianist Graham Harvey, bassist Dave Chamberlain, drummer Matt Skelton and guitarist John Parricelli. These musicians contributed to a cohesion and conceptuality that held the Birdland audience spellbound. Kent's successful understated imprimatur gains new impetus with these players (particularly Harvey) and, if anything, her tranquil deliberations acquire new dimensions. For those who can't make it to the live performances Breakfast On The Morning Tram will provided substantial listening pleasure on your new holiday iPods.