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The Boy Next Door

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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candid Productions Ltd
  • ASIN: B00009YOUO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Best-selling singer Stacey Kent's latest album is a superlative set of interpretations from the great American songbook, taking its inspiration from the artists who have inspired Stacey's meteoric rise through the jazz world. With an all star band including David Newton and Colin Oxley, this album is a lesson in the art of jazz arranging as well as singing. For the last few years, Stacey has attracted plaudits from all corners of the jazz world, with Humphrey Lyttleton saying last year "I could listen to Stacey Kent sing morning, noon and night from now to eternity".

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Humphrey Lyttleton's favourite vocalist is renowned for her devotion to the Great American Songbook and for her wonderful way with a ballad. For her new album 'The Boy Next Door', the tempo is still relaxed and the delivery languid, but there are some new kids on the block. Stacey's still clutching the Songbook in one hand, but in the other she's brandishing music associated with the likes of Chet Baker, Paul Simon and James Taylor.

Stacey draws consonants out like bubblegum in 'The Best is Yet to Come', her voice smooth but with that serrated edge that keeps you entranced, and David Newton contributes a tiny but perfectly-conceived piano solo on this and on the title track. Both are simple but beautiful vehicles for Stacey's Christmas-bauble vocals and impeccable timing.

'Makin' Whoopee' sees Stacey and the band getting low down and bluesy. Imagine Carrie from 'Sex and the City' as a jazz singer, and that's Stacey on 'Makin' Whoopee'. She's completely in control, with a demure, half-hidden sexiness that shines through in her diction and delivery. Stacey's musicians happily succumb to her lead - the rhythm section hangs back behind the beat and Stacey's husband Jim Tomlinson provides gentle support on the sax (but only when the lady permits it). 'Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee' is infused with the same pert sexiness, but here it becomes mock theatrical as David, Jim and recording engineer Curtis Schwartz add tongue-in-cheek backing vocals and tons of swing behind Stacey's luscious phrasing.

Keeping the band focused on accompaniment and not on solos works to give the tightly-structured performances that we've come to expect. Nothing can ruffle her cool, in-control exterior. You can almost hear her relaxed smile in 'Tis Autumn' and in 'I Get Along Without You Very Well' she's jettisoned Chet Baker's air of mild despair and adopted stoical acceptance instead.

It's questionable whether Stacey adds anything to 'You've Got a Friend' - where even her vibrato is reminiscent of Carole King's - or to "Bookends" by Paul Simon. Both are covers, not reworks. Burt Bacharach's 'What the World Needs Now', though, demands playing and replaying. David Newton's piano sits well behind the lyric, allowing it freedom and movement, and Stacey's breathy, perfectly-timed vocals give David the space to stretch his fingers out just a little.

At 16 tracks you certainly get your money's worth from this album, and there are no interruptions from long or inaccessible instrumental solos. If that's how you like your jazz, you'll love The Boy Next Door. Ms Kent's stepping out beyond the Great American songbook and there's no stopping her now. Go, Stacey! --Kathryn Shackleton

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I bought this album after falling on the bandwagon of liking Norah Jones and then Diana Krall. I bought it without knowing anything about Stacey and have been pleasantly suprised. It has the kinds tunes you would imagine in romantic films or classy jazz bars. The nice thing is that it has songs you will know, and they are sung in Stacey's own way. It works, it's relaxing, charming and very much worth sticking on a rainy sunday with your lover near by!
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Stacey Kent never intended to be a jazz singer. She was on course for a career in academia, but through an unexpected twist of fate, she found herself enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music with Jim Tomlinson, who would later become her husband and musical soul mate. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, the London-based New Yorker has six bestselling solo albums to her credit, a clutchful of jazz awards on her mantelpiece, and continues to perform to sellout audiences across the world.
Ms Kent's unique, distinctive style could best be described as classic chic; the musical equivalent of the "little black dress". Just as the little black dress has the power to let a woman's personality shine through, Ms Kent's delicately nuanced interpretations of the Great American Songbook eloquently showcase the complex melodies and classy, sophisticated lyrics of American popular music during its golden ages.
Vocally, Ms Kent has never sounded better. And there is so much to admire: her dulcet-toned mezzo soprano, with its shimmery jazz lilt and translucent vibrato, her innate sense of swing and instinctive timing, her subtly shaded line readings, and the exquisite delicacy of her phrasing. A master storyteller and communicator, Ms Kent also brings a comparative literature graduate's acute interpretive skills to her singing, eschewing shopworn sentimentality for a piquant romantic lyricism.
Ms Kent's latest album, "The Boy Next Door", is a heartfelt and reverent tribute to her musical heroes, which include legendary crooners Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, octogenarian jazz master Dave Brubeck and Manhattan cabaret doyen Bobby Short.
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The voice of Stacey Kent has such a soothing, calming effect that one cannot help but relax. Her phrasing is very creative and you`ll want to listen over and over!
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I discovered Stacey Kent on a flight from Aukland to Singapore and was instantly bowled over. Stacey brings the qualities and values of the likes of Peggy Lee to the twenty first century. Stunning performances in English and French. She may not be Ella or Billie yet, but she has time on her side. I wait for more. Try Breakfast on the Morning Tram too.
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Just when you thought she could not do better Stacey pulls this one out of the bag. It's a departure from the normal formula but takes her voices places you would not expect.
Jim and the band are, as always superb and the production values so exceptional, they jump out of the speakers!
This lovely mix of material combined with Stacey's voice transport to a magical place where you are completely relaxed and de-stressed.
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I saw this great jazz singer life in Norwich and she was just fantastic and the CD has the same clear and great sound.
If you are a audiophile nut like me you will really enjoy the sound of this cd.
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Stacey Kent never intended to be a jazz singer. She was on course for a career in academia, but through an unexpected twist of fate, she found herself enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music with Jim Tomlinson, who would later become her husband and musical soul mate. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, the London-based New Yorker has six bestselling solo albums to her credit, a clutchful of jazz awards on her mantelpiece, and continues to perform to sellout audiences across the world.
Ms Kent's unique, distinctive style could best be described as classic chic; the musical equivalent of the "little black dress". Just as the little black dress has the power to let a woman's personality shine through, Ms Kent's delicately nuanced interpretations of the Great American Songbook eloquently showcase the complex melodies and classy, sophisticated lyrics of American popular music during its golden ages.
Vocally, Ms Kent has never sounded better. And there is so much to admire: her dulcet-toned mezzo soprano, with its shimmery jazz lilt and translucent vibrato, her innate sense of swing and instinctive timing, her subtly shaded line readings, and the exquisite delicacy of her phrasing. A master storyteller and communicator, Ms Kent also brings a comparative literature graduate's acute interpretive skills to her singing, eschewing shopworn sentimentality for a piquant romantic lyricism.
Ms Kent's latest album, "The Boy Next Door", is a heartfelt and reverent tribute to her musical heroes, which include legendary crooners Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, octogenarian jazz master Dave Brubeck and Manhattan cabaret doyen Bobby Short.
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