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5.0 out of 5 stars They Make Beautiful Music Together,
Tomlinson has credited Stan Getz as a formative musical influence, and the album, although it draws heavily from the Great American songbook, and Broadway, to some degree also follows Getz down South America way. Furthermore, it's a reminder of the musical partnership of Getz and Astrud Gilberto -- the tenor sax is close to the human voice in its range; and the Tomlinson/Kent collaborations are almost mystically, mutually interwoven.
The album, which has won "Best Vocal Album" at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Awards, and 2006 "Album of the Year" at the prestigious British Broadcasting Company's Jazz Awards, is Tomlinson's first release on his own label, Token. It takes a fresh approach to its standards, even such familiar ones as Rogers and Hammerstein's "Surrey With The Fringe on Top," and Lerner and Loewe's "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face." We also get a selection of French tunes, delivered by Kent as though she'd been born in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Cole Porter's knowing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," gets a clean rendition, no winks or nods. Kent has a modern, conversational, intimately whispering style well-suited to this repertory, and Tomlinson's sax always has a story to tell. The band consists of David Newton on piano, Dave Chamberlain on double bass, and Matt Skelton on drums.
I've been lucky enough to catch Kent and Tomlinson at New York's famous Algonquin Hotel. There's no question, they're working in the here and now. Still their collaborative style of music making is reminiscent of the great Lester Young and Billie Holiday, or even, to cite a contemporary, perhaps better known to Americans duo, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey. They make beautiful music together.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic,
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy listening mainstream dinner jazz!,
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4.0 out of 5 stars SK & JT,
This review is from: The Lyric (MP3 Download)A friend introduced me to Stacey Kent and her other half, Jim Tomlinson, saying 'try it',try it! I bet you'll like it!' I did, and was much taken with their artistry. So much so, I now have nearly all their albums. These two performers are class acts creating cool jazz.
5.0 out of 5 stars ALSO CHARMING,
5.0 out of 5 stars smooth dinner jazz at its best,
This review is from: The Lyric (MP3 Download)This is a great evening cd Stacey Kent has a smooth soothing voice that never fails to hit the spot!
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Recording,
The recording quality is second to none.
I have several of Stacey's recordings, but this is the best. You feel to be in the studio with them as they were playing.
Now looking to buy recordings of Jim Tomllinson, a superb musician
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than I expected,
This review is from: The Lyric (MP3 Download)I hadn't heard of either beforehand and so played the samples. I liked the songs and loved the voice. My wife and I have really enjoyed the album adn I would thoroughly recommend.
4.0 out of 5 stars Long term car accessory,
Would definitely recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice,
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