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This review is from: Let Yourself Go (Audio CD)
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.