- Audio CD (6 Mar. 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Token Productions
- ASIN: B000EHPOTQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,525 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Even though this is Tomlinson's third album as leader, he's probably best known as partner (in both a musical and marital sense) to singer Stacey Kent.Like many saxophonists before him, Tomlinson is a great believer in familiarising himself with the lyrics of a song (hence the album title), and it shows in the easy fluidity and warmth of his delivery. It probably doesn't hurt working with a great singer either.
Unsurprisingly this is an album of standards; we get everyone fromJobim to Hoagy Carmichael to Luis Bonfa. Kent sings on 10 of the 13 songsand is as ever, impeccable; it's hard not to warm to her singular way with a tune.
Similarly Tomlinson's tenor is unfussy yet sophisticated - the shadows of Stan Getz and Lester Young loom large. Dave Newton, Dave Chamberlain and Matt Skelton offer deft, concise support and in Newton's case, some sparkling solos too.
Tomlinson and Kenthandlebossa, breezy swing and fragile balladry with deceptive ease on this beguiling release. It's good to hear that craft, dedication and integrity still have a place in British Jazz. Recommended. --Gordon Miller
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Top customer reviews
Corcovado has never sounded so beautiful - the perfect track to listen to when lounging on your sofa very late on a summers night with a cooling breeze coming through your windows.
If you don't get a lump in your throat when Stacey sings "What are you doing the rest of your life" then....you need to listen to it again.
For more upbeat, singalong tracks, go for "Cockeyed Optimist" and "My heart belongs to Daddy".
Listen to this album and enjoy this album.....and then go and see Stacey and Jim perform live and you'll know why they sell out!
If you are a fan of Stacey or Jim, this album is a must!
Most recent customer reviews
Superb Jazz album - have had this in my car for over 12 months and play it all the time. Especially love " If I were a Bell" and " Cockeyed Optimist" - Stacey has such a wonderful... Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2010 by BigMax
Oh dear - more of the same from Jim Tomlinson. Don't get me wrong, he's a talented sax player of the old school, but why buy albums from a guy who sets out to sound so much like... Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2009 by Jl Adcock