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Jazz Vocals July - Stacy Kent, Patrice Jegou, and Vanessa Perea

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Stacy Kent The Changing Lights Warner Bros. Records 2013 Stacey Kent has had an impressive musical run: Breakfast on the Morning Tram (Blue Note, 2007, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award), Raconte- moi... (Blue Note, 2010), Dreamer In Concert (Blue Note, 2011) just being her previous three recordings of her ten releases as a leader. She is intelligent, polyglot and capable of performing in any genre or language. Her voice is one of soft evenness, it has a delicate density that extend over her impressive range. ...

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Stacey Kent: Songs in the Key of Love and Life

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Stacey Kent is a unique talent in the world of jazz with the ability to illuminate a stage through her enthusiasm and artistic zest for performance. As an international jazz singer, she can be described as an insightful storyteller with the inner gift to bring to life the human experience through her music with an honest candor that is respectable in many ways. As seen in the collection of her Blue Note recordings, Kent's musical gifts are truly unique in her lyrical interpretation through the art of singing. When she steps center stage, she draws in her audience ...

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Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

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Stacey Kent's voice operates at the intersection of knowingness and innocence. She delivers every song with finesse, balancing a sense of wide-eyed wonderment with soft-handed confidence. Perhaps that's why she's been able to build such an enormous fan base since starting her singing career and showing up on listener's radars near the turn of the century. Kent came from New York and used England as a launching pad for her talent(s), but her art carries several passports. Her comfort and ease with English, French, Portuguese, Italian, and German allows her to travel easily between worlds. The first ...

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Stacey Kent at Birdland

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After appearing in 18 countries on a world tour in support of their Warner Brothers CD The Changing Lights, Stacey Kent and her conductor/arranger/ saxophonist (and husband of 22 years) Jim Tomlinson wound up their travels at Birdland during the week of December 3rd. Transcending genres and national boundaries, the elfin-voiced multi-lingual Kent who has sung in French, Italian, German and Portuguese has won over fans worldwide and attained new dimensions of jazz internationalism. Her album sales exceed 1.3 million in a 15 year recording career which has reached an apotheosis with the current CD. Kent, Tomlinson ...

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Stacey Kent: The Changing Lights

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Stacey Kent is a jazz success story--not just in terms of her talent, but also in terms of her international popularity, with her previous three albums clocking up a total of over 500,000 sales. What makes her so successful? The Changing Lights, her tenth album, demonstrates all of the qualities.There's the material, a mix of originals and standards: the arrangements, all but one by Jim Tomlinson, which act to highlight Kent's vocal qualities: the musicians, a veritable who's who of the best in UK jazz. Above all, there's her voice--light but expressive, engaging and evocative, whether she's singing ...

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Stacey Kent: Trans-atlantically Yours

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz in June 2001. Stacey Kent left the States in 1991 and unwittingly became a British-based international singing sensation. She met her present husband, tenor saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, while visiting friends in London, and one thing led to another. Her first demo received airplay from an excited Humphrey Lyttelton on his well-loved show on BBC Radio 2. She landed a singing part in Ian McKellen's film “Richard III," which gave her crucial exposure. And in 1996 she was signed by Candid Records, for ...

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Stacey Kent: Raconte-Moi

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While vocalist Stacey Kent has a keen ear for songs, a distinctive and engaging voice and a talent for interpretation, she is also critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Strikingly, like many American jazz musicians from Sidney Bechet onwards, she has gained particular fame and acceptance in France, her albums entering the pop charts and where, in 2009, she was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. Kent is clearly a Francophile in return, and Raconte-moi finds her singing exclusively in French on this collection of new and more established songs. This is a stylish, sophisticated, ...

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Stacey Kent: Raconte-Moi

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The opening tune of this set, from the winning vocalist Stacey Kent, is Jobim-Moustaki's “Les Eaux de Mars." In its English-language version, “The Waters of March," this bossa gem was well-known as the exclusive property of the late and wonderful Susannah McCorkle. Kent proves to be a worthy inheritor of it and other tunes in this all-French language album. Several tracks from the French repertory were featured on her previous recording, the fine Breakfast on the Morning Tram (Blue Note, 2007); Kent's personal connection to things French runs deep from her grandfather, with whom she spoke the language, and from ...

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Stacey Kent: Breakfast On The Morning Tram

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Having previously demonstrated a knowing way with sets from the Great American Songbook and a special bent for Brazilian-flavored melodies, vocalist Stacey Kent takes on a different sort of mix here. And succeeds brilliantly, which shouldn't surprise anyone who has been listening to her, for this porcelain princess has gradually moved into the front rank of current young singers. Her voice--is it mercury or is it clear water running over stones in a brook?--falls ever so easily on the ear, managing the neat feat of being as light as a butterfly yet emotionally substantial. The opening tune, ...

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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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Stacey Kent: The Boy Next Door

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Stacey Kent is in love with words. She's pretty fond of melody, too. But her heart belongs to a good lyric, and when the words are right, her swinging jazz quartet is there to reimagine the tune, if necessary. On The Boy Next Door, Kent pays tribute to her heroes, most of whom made their mark singing the Great American Songbook, popular standards written by the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and the Gershwins, along with a few contemporary additions.

If Kent's voice is girlish, her persona is that of a woman who ...

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Stacey Kent: Dreamsville

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Each time after listening to a new album from Stacey Kent, one concludes that this is the best she can get, she has finally reached the ultimate rung on her artistic ladder. But then one is surprised to find that she has just reached penultimate rung, because this next release is better. Such is the case with Dreamsville, an album of unabashedly slow, romantic, winsome and sometimes melancholy ballads that tug at the heartstrings. All of them are entries, some more major than others, in the Great American Songbook. All are treated to that special Kent intimate vocal style, the ...

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Stacey Kent: Dreamsville

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Each time after listening to a new album from Stacey Kent, one concludes that this is the best she can get, she has finally reached the ultimate rung on her artistic ladder. But then one is surprised to find that she has just reached penultimate rung, because this next release is better. Such is the case with Dreamsville, an album of unabashedly slow, romantic, winsome and sometimes melancholy ballads that tug at the heartstrings. All of them are entries, some more major than others, in the Great American Songbook. All are treated to that special Kent intimate vocal style, the ...

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Stacey Kent: Let Yourself Go-Celebrating Fred Astaire

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Stacey Kent has come up with captivating collection to honor Fred Astaire as a singer by putting together a play list of thirteen tunes written by the cream of the popular song writers. With his low key, narrow ranged voice, Astaire probably introduced and/or made popular more songs that were destined to become cherished entries in the Great American Songbook than any other artist. There are songs by the likes of Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern, the Gershwin Brothers, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin on this album. (I react with scepticism every time I hear Astaire's sing ...



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