Britain-based vocalist Stacey Kent puts her personal stamp on some great old songs associated with Fred Astaire. Joining her is a small, swinging combo: Kent’s husband Jim Tomlinson on saxophones and clarinet, Colin Oxley on guitar, David Newton on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass, and Steve Brown on drums. Though all the tracks are standards, there are surprises: "They Can’t Take That Away from Me" done as a ballad, "S’Wonderful" as a bossa nova with intriguing reharmonizations. Tomlinson’s tenor breaks on the latter and on the ballad "He Loves and She Loves" are exquisite. Kent’s delivery is charming and infectious, especially on peppy numbers like "I Won’t Dance," "I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket," and "Shall We Dance?" She pours her heart out on two devastatingly sad numbers, "By Myself" and "I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan," the latter a duet with Oxley on guitar.
Tracks: 1. Let Yourself Go 2. They Can't Take That Away From Me 3. I Won't Dance 4. Isn't This A Lovely Day? 5. They All Laughed 6. He Loves and She Loves 7. Shall We Dance? 8. One for My Baby 9. 'Swonderful 10. A Fine Romance 11. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan 12. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket 13. By Myself
Stacey Kent, vocals; Jim Tomlinson, tenor and alto saxophones, clarinet; Colin Oxley, guitar; David Newton, piano; Simon Thorpe, bass; Steve Brown, drums
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St. Needless to say, Jazz and Blues were always on the stereo in our home. I was steeped in these exciting sounds, and they make up some of my earliest memories.