13 Songs, 1 Hour, 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a tone and technique that recall Barbara Streisand and Dinah Washington, Jane Monheit again moves between classic jazz, traditional pop standards, and more modern fare on her 10th album. Here she’s rejoined by top-notch arranger/pianist Gil Goldstein (who played on and arranged 2009’s The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me), and their partnership has only improved with time. Goldstein’s tasteful but unobtrusive arrangements work exceptionally well with the singer’s finely tuned instrument; the opening “Until It’s Time for You to Go” announces this chemistry in grand style. Monheit has long had an affinity for Brazilian music and does a bossa nova version of “Sing” (a song written for Sesame Street but popularized by The Carpenters) as well as fine takes on Ivan Lins’ “Depende de Nos” and “A Gente Merece Ser Feliz.” Her diva torch, on the other hand, burns brightly on “I Wanna Be with You,” “Two Lonely People,” and the playful “Little Man You’ve Had a Busy Day.” Revealing a relaxed maturity that bodes well as Monheit’s career moves forward, this is one of her best yet.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a tone and technique that recall Barbara Streisand and Dinah Washington, Jane Monheit again moves between classic jazz, traditional pop standards, and more modern fare on her 10th album. Here she’s rejoined by top-notch arranger/pianist Gil Goldstein (who played on and arranged 2009’s The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me), and their partnership has only improved with time. Goldstein’s tasteful but unobtrusive arrangements work exceptionally well with the singer’s finely tuned instrument; the opening “Until It’s Time for You to Go” announces this chemistry in grand style. Monheit has long had an affinity for Brazilian music and does a bossa nova version of “Sing” (a song written for Sesame Street but popularized by The Carpenters) as well as fine takes on Ivan Lins’ “Depende de Nos” and “A Gente Merece Ser Feliz.” Her diva torch, on the other hand, burns brightly on “I Wanna Be with You,” “Two Lonely People,” and the playful “Little Man You’ve Had a Busy Day.” Revealing a relaxed maturity that bodes well as Monheit’s career moves forward, this is one of her best yet.

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About Jane Monheit

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. Angelic and conservative, Monheit's structured set of ten popular standards illustrated her still-emerging vocal talents. Come Dream with Me arrived in 2001; it consisted of several standards as well as a few lesser-known jazz compositions. The album wasn't as widely praised as her debut, but her growth as a performer was evident. She released In the Sun in 2002, Taking a Chance on Love in 2004, the holiday-themed Season in 2005, and Surrender in 2007. The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me arrived in 2009, featuring her version of the classic Muppets ballad "The Rainbow Connection." A year later she released Home on Emarcy, and in 2013 she released her ninth studio album, the Gil Goldstein-produced Heart of the Matter. Two years later, she was the featured vocalist on pianist David Benoit's first collection of vocal songs, 2 in Love. In 2016, Monheit paid homage to legendary jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald with The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Long Island, NY
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    November 3, 1977

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