Jane Monheit: Never Never Land
Monheit's interpretations, as well as the backgrounds, are seamless (as one would expect for musicians of this stature) but safe. So is the choice of ten well-known standards for the program. Monheit shows that she's long on tone quality and style, but somewhat conservative when it comes to risk-taking and individuality. The samba treatment of "My Foolish Heart" is the most refreshing treatment on the program and is especially enjoyable. Still, a very enjoyable effort overall.
Track Listing: Please Be Kind; Detour Ahead; More Than You Know; Dindi; Save Your Love for Me; Never Let Me Go; My Foolish Heart; I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good); Twisted; Never Never Land.
Personnel: Jane Monheit: vocals; Kenny Barron: piano; Ron Carter: bass; Lewis Nash: drums; Bucky Pizzarelli: guitar; Hank Crawford: alto sax; David "Fathead" Newman: tenor sax and flute.
Record Label: N-Coded Music