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Album Review

Jane Monheit, at 22 years old, has made a stunning debut with the help of some of the finest players in the world: Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lewis Nash, David "Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford, and Bucky Pizzarelli. From her first entrance on the supremely swinging "Please Be Kind," Monheit makes clear that she's the boss, even in such illustrious company. Her voice is about as close to flawless as a human can get, yet she's never coldly technical or aloof. While she's perfectly comfortable with the medium swing tempos of "More Than You Know," "Save Your Love for Me," and "Twisted," as well as the Latin groove of "My Foolish Heart," it are the ballads that really showcase Monheit's gift. If you don't get goosebumps listening to "Detour Ahead," "Never Let Me Go," and "Dindi," you probably don't have a pulse.

The somewhat nostalgic thrust of Monheit's repertoire and style might prove a liability over time. In this sense, the equally young Claudia Acuña, who has displayed considerable arranging and writing chops, is a step ahead of her. Yet Monheit's budding musical adventurousness is made evident by her subtle vocal overdubs toward the end of "Dindi." Her revelatory approach to classic songs is highlighted by her a cappella performance of the seldom-heard introductory verse to "I've Got It Bad." But on future albums, lest she fall into a retro rut, she'll need to work on realizing her potential as a musical risk taker. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

Customer Reviews


This album is AMAZING! Never Never Land makes me cry EVERY time!! I love it soooo much! These songs are so clean, and cute! They are AMAZING. I recomend this album to ANYONE!

Jane sings

A young voice that's full of promise yet she delivers beautifully smooth and nuanced versions of familiar songs. She has a rich sound, a sound that delivers the aching promise of melancholy music. If you listen to Diana Krall, Jane complements with her own style. I'm fond of this album's "More Than You Know". Each time I play it, I easily imagine her in a solo soft spot light, wowing a small jazz club. Her career will only get better and in future efforts I'm certain her music will always leave the listening wanting more.

Never Never Land

A beautiful instrument. Seems to be more product than raw passion and talent. Very calculated. She needs to pay more attention to the lyrics as written. She has an annoying habit of changing the words to classic popular song on a whim....she's not THAT good.....


Born: November 3, 1977 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

At the tender age of 20, New York vocalist Jane Monheit was the first runner-up in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute vocal competition, winning a $10,000 scholarship to further her musical education. Judges couldn't exactly place her sound, which blended natural elegance with a potent yet impressively controlled presentation, and by 2000, Monheit had joined Diana Krall as one of the most highly touted female talents in jazz. That May she signed to N-Coded and released her debut, Never Never Land....
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