Stacey Kent is a wonderfully relaxed jazz vocalist, with a sweet intimacy that comes across to the listening audience in clear, poignant feeling. There is a conversational touch to her singing style that adds verve to the performances, and she sings clearly, each word perfectly phrased and shared. Listen to her sing "You've Got A Friend," and you will become an instant admirer of her voice in all of its bluesy gentleness.
There are 16 songs in this memorable collection. Among the songs are "The Best Is Yet To Come," "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," "Say It Isn't So," "Too Darn Hot," "Makin' Whoopee," "What The World Needs Now," "You've Got A Friend," "I Got It Bad," "Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee," "People Will Say We're In Love," "Tis Autumn," "All I Do Is Dream Of You," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "You're The Top," and "Bookends."
Any song on this collection could easily be somebody's favorite! Another song that will touch the jazz listening audience with its blues feel is "I Got It Bad."
Stacey Kent is one of the finest jazz vocalists to come along in a very long time. Her vocals and style will touch your heart with their directness.
The musicians give memorable accompanying performances. David Newton on piano is excellent in his interpretations. Jim Tomlinson is the perfect saxophonist for these songs. Colin Oxley gives a touch of elegance on his guitar for each song.
Flawless. Highly recommended.