With Surrender, Monheit’s passionate tone and articulation enchants on 10 beautifully produced and orchestrated ballads. On "If You Went Away" Monheit’s ultra smooth and sexy style captures the mood perfectly and is enhanced by a nice saxophone solo by Ari Ambrose. The mood continues with "Surrender", the title track, and features a beautiful guitar solo by Miles Okazaki.
Continuing on with the romantic theme of Surrender is a duet with Ivan Lins on "Rio De Maio." The great Sergio Mendes accompanies on the piano on the track "So Many Stars" where Monheit radiates with her impressive pitch. On Henry Mancini’s "Moon River" Monheit’s voice is bathed in romance as the backing strings perfectly mesh as if they are one, creating a breathtakingly beautiful moment. Stevie Wonder’s ‘Overjoyed" is performed lovingly here as Monheit once again takes a classic to new levels. "A Time For Love" with its lush orchestrations is nothing short of bliss. Monheit’s stunning resonance is a match made in heaven with the accompanying strings and woodwinds.
The remaining tracks on Surrender, "Like A Lover", "Só Tinha De Ser Com Vocé", and "Caminhos Cruzados" with Toots Thieleman, as well as the first rate musicians on this CD, are all superb. Monheit has proven she has the musical chops in this genre, surely she is destined for a brilliant career evocative of legends the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.