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Meant To Be by Jenna Mammina

An album of subtle excellence, Jenna Mammina’s "Meant To Be" is a wonderful collection of smartly interpreted standards, pop covers, and original compositions by a singer with a seemingly limitless imagination. The native of St. Joseph, Michigan and her musical director, Andre Bush, have crafted moody, ethereal arrangements that allow for moments of playfulness and fit Mammina’s girlish contralto like a velvet glove.

With the wonderful arrangements by Mammina and Bush, pop songs such as Steely Dan’s "Dirty Work" and U2’s "Running to Stand Still" slip in effortlessly next to the unashamed, double entendre-laden "Honeysuckle Rose" and the minimalist approach of "In A Mellow Tone."

The highlight of "Meant To Be" is a heartbreaking rendition of James Taylor’s "You Can Close Your Eyes." Matt Rollings complements Mammina’s interpretation of the lyrics with some of interspersed, gentle flourishes on piano, bringing the sense of finality of a broken relationship to raw, emotional light. My only wish is that the album didn’t end so soon, I was so immersed in the sound of Mammina’s voice.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jenna Mammina
  • CD Title: Meant To Be
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Mamma Grace Records
  • Tracks: Lotus Blossom, Running to Stand Still, Dirty Work, You Can Close Your Eyes, Honeysuckle Rose, The Same Things, The More I See You, A Love That Lasts, In A Mellow Tone, Distant Water, Put em In A Box
  • Musicians: Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You'
  • Rating: Five Stars
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