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In The Moonlight [CD]

Sophie Milman Audio CD
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Sophie Milman is a charismatic young Russian-born, Israeli-raised, Toronto-based jazz vocalist who's well on her way to becoming an international sensation. Still in her twenties, she's been a household name in Canada since 2004, when her debut album established her as a major artist in her adopted home country. Since then, she's continued to take the jazz world by storm, topping ... Read more in Amazon's Sophie Milman Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B000XH2U26
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do It Again
2. Oh Look At Me Now
3. Moonlight
4. Speak Low
5. Till There Was You
6. Watch What Happens
7. Prelude to a Kiss
8. Ces Petits Riens
9. So Sorry
10. Detour Ahead
11. Let Me Love You
12. Day Dream
13. No More Blues

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous listening experience! 13 Oct 2011
By comm88
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A lovely listening experience that does what it tries to - makes you feel good about life, love and living. It's just such a comfortable pleasure to listen to Ms Milman sing. It reminds you of what jazz is and what talent should sound like. Sometimes, I wish she would be a bit more adventurous in her choice of songs, but you really can't fault the talent, the delivery, or the arrangements. Go on, give yourself a special treat and get into Sophie Milman. As she says on her liner notes - "I hope you listen to this album with someone you love, or at least think about while listening. Relax and enjoy the romance of these songs." This isn't a diva. It's just someone who is very good at what she does and has as many doubts about her abilities as the rest of us. It's a very human touch of the sublime. Enjoy it.

Addendum: Her version of So Sorry is hauntingly sublime and when she sings in French she blows your sox off! I only gave it a rather stingy 4 on first listen, but I give it 5 without hesitation after a few more listens. As a soulful jazz singer, she is absolutely in a class of her own. Pls come to England soon!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars New look at old classics 23 Oct 2011
By Lex
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After Krall, it is difficult to do something new. Sophie Milman, however, did it! She brought a new sound to old songs. Again.
Not every try is brilliant, of course, but the album overall leaves pretty good impression: fresh reading of old songs, new angles on long forgotten numbers. Ces Petits Riens stands out even comparing to Catherine Denuve's version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satin and fire. 28 Sep 2011
By Storylover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sophie is not well known yet in the US, but it is time she was. Her voice is a flexible, sensual instrument, wonderfully rounded, just smokey enough for interest, smooth enough to slide around these delightful songs. Her ensemble sounds like it is fresh from a club date, and the drums and bass swing with fresh verve and enthusiasm. Ms. Milman brings a deft touch and an unfailing musicality to some fairly traditional songs, and they feel new and fun. She has the glitter and shimmer to propel her into the mainstream consciousness, but she has more than enough talent to deserve her accolades. The effortless glissandos on Moonlight are worth the price of admission on their own. Check her out if you are a fan of the modern jazz revival. Fans of Diana Krall will likely especially enjoy her, although she is by no means a Krall clone--they just share a wonderful jazz sensibility, a knack to pick excellent songs for themselves, and an unfailing melodic grace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent! 2 Nov 2011
By vocaljazz - Published on Amazon.com
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In short, Miss Milman delivers the goods -- again! Unlike John Nielsen (Midlothian, VA United States), I found the use of strings quite tasteful. The arrangements are pleasing and the highly professional sidemen contribute marvellously. Especially pleasing is that drummer Lewis Nash was able to constrain himself and fully devote his energy to support of Miss Milman and fellow musicians. While it's true that 12 of 13 tracks er low or mid tempo, the up tempo, swinging 13th track reminds us that Miss Milman is more than capable of matching the very best of past and present vocal swingers; indeed, she would do well to provide more swing on her next album because she does it so well. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glowing Album 7 April 2012
By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Sophie Milman is a velvety singer who sounds so completely comfortable luxuriating in the melodies of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. Regardless of which composer she's interpreting, Milman's intimate yet muscular vocal delivery makes every track shine on her fourth CD. This gifted vocalist is consistently convincing, whether she's joyously elongating the vowel sounds in 'Till There Was You' or providing a dramatic, accordion-fueled, French-language reading of 'Ces Petits Riens'...This gem of a CD is definitely a keeper." ~ Bobby Reed, DownBeat ~

"Milman jumps to the front of the post-Krall pack of jazz singers." ~ JazzTimes ~

April is National Jazz Appreciation Month, and naturally I'm reviewing a lovely jazz album as my first review of the month. And I hope to review more jazz albums for the rest of this month in celebration of this music genre. To my fellow jazz enthusiasts, please join in the celebration by giving your support and appreciation to the singers, musicians who keep this art form alive and kicking. Many thanks!

Sophie Milman's latest and fourth album, "In The Moolight," is Number Six (out of 11) on DownBeat's Editors' Picks for January 2012. With each album that she recorded--from her debut, self-titled, Sophie Milman, Make Someone Happy, Take Love Easy to this latest offering--she is elegantly evolving into a remarkable jazz singer whose presence in the jazz world is widely felt not only by jazz critics but jazz enthusiasts and listeners as well. All her recordings are notably well-executed and I so enjoy listening to all her CDs but I believe this is her very best considering everything that makes this album uniquely superlative. Unlike her first three projects, the sessions for this album were recorded in New York City. Producer Matt Pierson selected a roster of musicians that are included in DownBeat's 59th Annual International Critics Poll--arranger Gil Goldstein, saxophonist Chris Potter and drummer Lewis Nash for "Established Talent" category; pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Larry Grenadier and guitarist Julian Lage for "Rising Star" category.

This album also prides itself with seasoned musicians, among them are Randy Brecker (flugelhorn), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Alan Broadbent (arranger), Rob Mounsey (arranger), Kevin Hays (arranger, piano), Gregoire Maret (harmonica) and Bashiri Johnson (percussion). These uber talented instrumentalists are supported by an orchestra on some tracks where you could hear the beautiful backdrop of strings and woodwinds played by some of the best orchestra personnel in the jazz world.

With the above-mentioned musicians, Sophie Milman is in extremely good hands. The Award-winning singer is absolutely attuned in interpreting 13 impressive songs either in a mellow mood or in an upbeat way. She's at her animated self and sitting on top of the world singing "No More Blues" with the sprightliest arrangement by DownBeat's Rising Star, Gerald Clayton. Her most jubilant emotion radiates as she's saying goodbye to the bluest of all blues. It is infectious and engaging. Focus your ears on that sparkling harmonica solo.

Another DownBeat's Rising Star, Julian Lage, penned the innovative, dazzling arrangement of "Speak Low." Milman and the quartet (Lage, Grenadier, Nash, Johnson) render this track distinctively special with a salient guitar solo that is so charming. Did I hear her scatting snippets of "Waters of March" as the music fades?

Alan Broadbent's arrangements have not disappointed this music lover yet--I've always loved his exquisite arrangements. His gorgeous orchestral charts for "Prelude To A Kiss," "Detour Ahead" and "Day Dream" are executed to a spotless perfection that showcases Milman's vocal artistry to the fullest.

In the same arena of excellence in arranging, there is another brilliant name--Rob Mounsey who sublimely, tastefully arranged "Moonlight" and "Watch What Happens" which utilizes a string orchestra in addition to the regular band. "Ces Petits Riens" is a nice song that shows Milman's adeptness in singing in French (like she did in her debut album when she sang "La Vie En Rose" flawlessly). This cut was arranged by Goldstein who played accordion that evokes typical Parisian ambiance. He duplicated his arranging expertise and flair in accordion in one of the best versions of "Till There Was You" which the singer delivers charismatically. The novelty of that sound of accordion is so pleasing to the ears and it will never wear off.

Another one of the best from the bunch is the bubbly "Let Me Love You" arranged by Kevin Hays, which Milman sings in a fabulous swinging fashion with the backing of Hays on piano, Lage on guitar, Grenadier on acoustic bass and Nash on drums.

This is a glowing album that deserves to be in your jazz music collection.

"I hope you will listen to this album with someone you love, or at least think about someone you love while listening. Relax and revel in the romantic allure of these songs. Written by some of the greatest songwriters who have ever lived--Gershwin, Ellington, Legrand, the Bergmans and yes, Feist--they have been the perfect vehicle for me to express the way I feel about music, life and love." ~ Sophie Milman ~
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound for hifi 25 April 2012
By James E. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording sounds so artificial: there's no sense of a singer with a band - more like a singer and a backing track. The backing music seems to be often veiled in comparison to the very forward vocal sound but worse still it also often sounds too compressed. The result is mushy without a sense of space around each instrument. This project could have been so much better.

Alternatively, if Sophie could have stuck with the producer and sound engineer (and musicians) who did the excellent Take Love Easy album, an engaging and more artistically vibrant project, she could have moved forward rather than taking this big step backward in the studio recording part of her career. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.

Edit: Just listened to the whole CD on your typical crappy car stereo (2007 Hyundai Sonata in my case) and it sounds fabulous - 5 stars. But as I do my quality listening at home on decent equipment I must keep the overall 2 star rating.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing a longtime fan 31 Oct 2011
By John Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Sophie Milman since the beginning of her career and saw her live at the Blue Note in 2008: a superb show.So I bought this record on faith, without hearing a single track or reading a single published review.The good news is that Sophie's voice is still wonderfully expressive, pure, and accurate.
The bad news is that she is veering further away from jazz and the material on this CD is overwhelmingly syrupy romantic songs, which are fine as one element of a program but become very tedious when there's almost nothing else.It does not help that the arrangements are too slick and too reliant on sugary violins. I hope her career goals have not shifted from being a real singer to being a Vegas crooner, but that is the impression created here.
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