Stacey Kent: Let Yourself Go-Celebrating Fred Astaire
Kent's pianist on this set, David Newton, is fast becoming one of the premiere accompanists in the business having worked with such top flight singers as Tina May. He and Kent display their musical affection with each other on a relaxed, suave rendition of "Isn't This A Lovely Day" and on "They Can't Take that Away from Me", during which Kent and Newton gently joust during an elegant performance. "`S Wonderful, usually performed at a rip roaring pace, is done in a languid medium tempo with Newton's piano, an effortlessly lilting Colin Oxley guitar and Tomlinson's tenor sharing the mike with Kent. "A Fine Romance" is about as fast as it gets on this album as Kent is backed by a piano trio with Oxley's cleaned line guitar added. Newton engages in a bit of Erroll Garner-like humming during his solo on this tune. Jim Tomlinson's romantic tenor is featured on "Let Yourself Go" and "They All Laughed". On "One for My Baby", he brings out his clarinet, using the middle register creating a melancholy mood for this definitive "I'm drowning my sorrows in booze" tune.
Let Yourself Go reached #1 on the Tower Europe Jazz Chart and #4as the Jazz Journal critics' Best Albums of 1999. In addition to providing more than 50 minutes of musical entertainment, the liner notes set out the lyrics for each of the tunes on the album. This is another excellent album by American born, UK-based singer Stacey Kent and is enthusiastically recommended. By the way, visit the engaging Ms Kent on her web site at http://members. aol.com/staceykent.
Tracks:Let Yourself Go; They Can't Take That Away from Me; I Won't Dance; Isn't This a Lovely Day?; They All Laughed; He Loves and She Loves; Shall We Dance?; One for My Baby (and One More for the Road); `S Wonderful; A Fine Romance; I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans; I'm Putting all My Eggs in One Basket; By Myself
Personnel: Stacey Kent - Vocals; Jim Tomlinson, Alto and Tenor Saxophones/Clarinet; Colin Oxley - Guitar; David Newton - Piano; Simon Thorpe - Bass; Steve Brown- Drums
Record Label: Candid Records