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Stacey Kent: Let Yourself Go-Celebrating Fred Astaire

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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.

Track Listing: 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.

Personnel: Stacey Kent - Vocals; Jim Tomlinson, Alto and Tenor Saxophones/Clarinet; Colin Oxley - Guitar; David Newton - Piano; Simon Thorpe - Bass; Steve Brown- Drums.

Title: Let Yourself Go-Celebrating Fred Astaire | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Candid Records

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