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Jim Tomlinson: The Lyric

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Saxophonist Jim Tomlinson originally released The Lyric in 2005 on his own Token Records label, winning the 2006 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album. It's a skillfully crafted collection of standards, given graceful and stylish life by the husband and wife partnership of Tomlinson and singer Stacey Kent. The recording gets a 2011 mid-price rerelease on Blue Note Records, the couple's label since 2007's Breakfast On The Morning Tram. While the packaging has been updated--Tomlinson adds a few more sleeve notes and Kent joins him on a new cover photo--there are no changes to the album's thirteen songs.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jim Tomlinson / Stacey Kent: The Lyric

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Brimming with pop and jazz standards, The Lyric (winner of the BBC's 2006 Jazz Album of the Year award) launches with Brit tenor sax man Jim Tomlinson and trio's warm breezy take on “Manha de Carnival, on which pianist David Newton, bassist Dave Chamberlain and drummer Matt Skelton provide very tasty punctuation.

Easy bossa is a pleasantly recurring flavor throughout this set. A more heated, undulating “My Heart Belongs to Daddy allows Tomlinson and his American wife, Stacey Kent, to get fresh with that sly old Cole Porter chestnut. Kent's light, airily girlish voice, with a touch of healthy seductiveness, ...



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