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The ability to tell a story, capture an emotion, a mood, hone it and share it like a secret with her audience; these are the qualities that make Stacey Kent so special. Happy at home in a variety of genres, she casts wide her net in search of inspiration.
A native of New Jersey, now living in Colorado, Stacey Kent developed a childhood fascination for musical comedies and the great jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Stacey Kent Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Candid
  • ASIN: B000035QA9
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. They Can't Take That Away From Me 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. I Won't Dance 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Isn't This A Lovely Day? 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. They All Laughed 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. He Loves And She Loves 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. A Fine Romance 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. By Myself 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 

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'Let Yourself Go' is Stacey's third album for the Candid label, celebrating the music of Fred Astaire. In her usual effortless style, Stacey presents the listener with wonderfully eclectic mix of hits from the American Song Book together with husband, Jim Tomlinson on saxophone and clarinet, Colin Oxley (guitar) Dave Newton (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Steve Brown (drums). An album that will leave the listener wanting more.... Track List: 1) Let Yourself Go 2) They Can't Take That Away From Me 3) I Won't Dance 4) Isn't This A Lovely Day? 5) They All Laughed 6) He Loves And She Loves 7) Shall We Dance? 8) One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) 9) 'S Wonderful 10) A Fine Romance 11) I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan 12) I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket 13) By Myself

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"Prepare to be knocked out! What a discovery she is!" So wrote Humphrey Lyttelton of Stacey Kent's album, Let Yourself Go. The singer first appeared on the scene with her style and delivery fully formed. She immediately displayed a magnetism and authority that have been consistent through all her albums. The material gives this one a head start, for it is made up of songs associated with Fred Astaire and written by Gershwin, Kern, Berlin and Arlen. Astaire was a magical character and the picture of him in the mind with top hat and tails is as vivid as the singing of Miss Kent, who manages to be both a throwback and a sign of the times. These are stunning performances, with an outstanding jazz group that backs all Miss Kent's performances. The key to it is David Newton, one of the finest pianists of the day, and his drummer Steve Brown, while Miss Kent's husband Jim Tomlinson plays reeds. The title track is a case in point, with the singer taking an instant grip on the listener. Tomlinson on tenor then swings as hard as Al Cohn did and Newton lifts the inspiration even further. The reason that the album is indispensable is because that's roughly what happens on all 13 numbers. --Steve Voce

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ruggsboss@aol.com on 27 Aug. 2000
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First heard this lady (with her husband, Jim Tomlinson on tenor sax) at this year's Birmingham Jazz Festival and was just taken aback by her voice and repertoire (on this occasion many were taken from this album). She is somewhere around Blossom Dearie and Billie Holliday but with all her own style, exquisite phrasing and personality - she obviously just loves singing the songs and puts over the lyric with real affection! Jim Tomlinson has echoes of Stan Getz and his solos complimented her superbly as they do on this CD and the rest of the group are just excellent. What a find - have just kept playing this CD over and over - if you love classic songs, sung with wit and feeling and accompanied by superb musicians then try this - I bet you go looking for everything else she's done - I know that I have!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Feb. 2001
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Stacey Kent, together with her jazz ensemble are the best thing I have heard for some years. Her choice of songs show exquisite taste and by adding the verse as often as possible, she tells a beautiful story every time. Her delivery and style is personal and meaningful and has so much feeling. I have booked to see her at The Concorde Club, Eastleigh on April 11th for the first time and eagerly await the day. Wonderful listening Stacey, thank you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2000
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Stacey Kent has been a splendid fixture on the UK jazz scene for the past few years and, as her previous albums (Close Your Eyes - CCD 79737 and The Tender Trap - CCD 79751) have shown, she is without doubt the most exciting new singer in decades. Accompanied by tenor supremo (and husband) Jim Tomlinson and an expert band, Stacey here swings her way through a wonderful set of standards with a vocal style that would fit easily into the song's eras as well as our own. If your taste runs to classic songs performed with wit and grace by a singer and band who can swing as well as deliver killer ballads, look no further!
DIANNE KRALL (singer).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2004
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According to the liner notes written by Stacey, as a child she used to imagine herself in place of Ginger Rogers. Stacey shows her obvious enthusiasm for, and familiarity with, Fred's music in this, her third album. It is unusual for a singer to pay tribute to an artist from the thirties and forties, as tribute albums devoted to that era usually focus on the composer, but this is a brilliant album.
Stacey chose mostly well-known songs including such classics as Let yourself go, They can't take that away from me, Isn't this a lovely day, S'wonderful and A fine romance. Of course, Fred had many more classic songs that Stacey didn't include (such as Putting on the Ritz, The continental, Cheek to cheek, Fascinating rhythm, Nice work if you can get it, Night and day), but the thirteen songs chosen offer a good representation. Irving Berlin composed three of the songs here, while there are five by George and Ira Gershwin. Between them, those three men were responsible for the majority of Fred's classics so it is no surprise to find they have the majority here. All the songs here suit Stacey's style perfectly, and all are suitably updated for modern listeners while respecting tradition.
The musicianship is, as always on a Stacey Kent album, outstanding. If you are a jazz vocal fan or a Fred Astaire fan, or you are simply wondering what made Fred legendary, this is just for you.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By john.mackey1@btinternet.com on 6 Dec. 2000
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I have now bought all of Stacey's albums in the space of three weeks after initially hearing the Dreamsville album. Let Yourself Go is so astounding my family have begged me to play something else because it is rarely out of my CD player. When I initially saw the track listing included One For My Baby I thought hmmm interesting because this is my favourite Sinatra track. I did not believe his version could be bettered but boy was I wrong!! You are actually there with her in that late night bar as she sings her woes to the barman...a simply beautiful rendition. Every song is a highlight. You simply must have this album!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2000
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I thought that Ms Kent had produced the goods with her last recording The Tender Trap - but her latest is just sensational. Crystal clear tonal quality combine with delicate phrasing to bring us an exquisite and pleasurable hour of musical bliss. This young lady has it all - I can't find anything to match her. Supported by five of the most talented jazz musicians in the business, Ms Kent not only delivers a fine tribute to Fred Astaire but an album to make the heart rejoice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2011
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Stacey Kent is unlikely to make an album that sells millions of copies, nor headline a stadium show in front of tens of thousands, nor top the bill at the Palladium, but let me tell you something, she has as much if not more musical talent than those who have achieved these yardsticks of artistic success.

Born in New Jersey in 1966, she moved to England after graduating in New York and studied at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she met the tenor saxophonist, Jim Tomlinson, whom she married in 1991.

She began her professional career in the early 1990's singing regularly at the popular Soho nightspot, 'Cafe Boheme' before going on to open for established jazz acts across the road at the legendary Ronnie Scott's nightclub. Since then she has appeared extensively in Europe and won many awards for her Jazz singing including the prestigious "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres", a French Government decoration in recognition of her contribution to the arts.

Her voice is best described in "Time Out London" as "Timeless, artless and utterley gorgeous" and her talents by "The Yorkshire Post" thus "All the hype about Kent is justified.....She is blessed with that magic give to very few singers". Simply put her voice, delivery and interpretation of her songs are just sublime.

"Let Yourself Go" celebrates Fred Astaire and naturally includes the likes of "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "I Won't Dance", "'S Wonderful", "Shall We Dance?", "One For My Baby", and "A Fine Romance" - she is accompanied throughout by her husband on saxophone and clarinet. The result is just about as good as you can get in gentle easy-to-listen-to, exquisitely sung jazz music.
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