Jane Stuart, a New Jersey vocalist, has released her second CD Don't Look Back on JSM records. This multi-talented performer has been singing for a long time, since the age of five. The maturity of her instrument is evidenced by her skilled phrasing and overall command of the genre of jazz.
Stuart worked with her long-time collaborator Rave Tesar (arranging, keyboards, engineering, mixing, and mastering) to produce this collection of notable tunes from composers such as Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rogers and Hart, and Lennon and McCartney, to name a few. Stuart's arrangements enable her to deliver these songs from her power zone. This zone consists of a smooth and rich voice that wraps around the phrases and accents the melody with tonal and rhythmic fingerprints, making them all Stuart's.
The presence of some really fine musicians on this CD make the whole package a listener's treat. Good song selection, excellent execution and some special arrangements support what could be just another collection of songs and makes it a real hit!
This CD swings. Stuart has a command of her instrument that puts her right smack in the middle of the arrangement. With titles like the Cole Porter tune, "Experiment," Gershwin's "Summertime" and Rogers and Hart's "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," the listener gets their dose of familiar standards. But, what makes this CD stand out is the integration of such classic pop tunes as "Eleanor Rigby" and "I'll Follow the Sun" by Lennon and McCartney, as well as others like "Who Will Buy," that classic from the movie "Oliver."
Jane Stuart was a new name to me, but she's a vocalist with a great deal of experience and talent that shines through in her latest effort Don't Look Back. Stuart delivers.