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A Thousand Beautiful Things by Janis Siegel

Janis Siegel is a remarkable jazz singer. Her voice is unique, sensitive and lovely. In this collection, she reveals even more the tremendous range of her voice. On "Hidden Place," she creates an atmosphere of mystery and feeling, accompanied by Edsel Gomez on piano, Edmar Casteneda on Columbian harp, John Benitez on acoustic bass, Steve Hass on drums, Luisito Quintero on percussion, and Marlon Saunders on background vocals. A stunning performance, it gives the jazz listening audience some great jazz motifs.

There are twelve songs in this memorable collection. They include "Hidden Place," "The Suitcase Song," "I Can't Help It," "Caramel," "A Thousand Beautiful Things," "A Wish (Valentine)," "Love," "Make It Better," "...Till Then," "Sweet Is The Air," "Reflecting Light," and "Did You See The Moon Tonight?"

"A Wish (Valentine)" is unique in its performance. Janis Siegel performs the vocal. Edmar Casteneda performs the background music with his Columbian harp. This is a wonderful pairing of great artists!

Another song sure to catch the jazz listening audience's ears is "...Till Then." It is a vocal dedicated to Janis Siegel's father, Edward Siegel (1922 - 2005). The superb phrasings of Janis Siegel's voice are intimate, intricate, and poignant.

This CD collection explores the magic and colors of jazz, Latin music, and a touch of pop. It is Janis Siegel's ninth solo work. Siegel is one of the founding members of The Manhattan Transfer.

It is safe to say, Janis Siegel is definitely one of the greatest harmony singers of her generation. This CD is top-notch in every way possible, and it is something you will enjoy listening to often. The presence of pianist/arranger Edsel Gomez is also an exceptional treat. Brian Lynch on trumpet and all the musicians add a special verve to these songs.

Highly recommended. Highly enjoyable. This is a fine CD collection to savor!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Janis Siegel
  • CD Title: A Thousand Beautiful Things
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Telarc
  • Musicians: Janis Siegel (vocals), Edsel Gomez (piano) and various guest artists
  • Rating: Four Stars
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