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The Lyric

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  • 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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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Manha De Carnival
  2. Corcovado
  3. I've Grown Accustomed to His Face
  4. If I Were a Bell
  5. I Got Lost in His Arms
  6. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
  7. Cockeyed Optimist
  8. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  9. The Surrey With the Fringe On Top
  10. Outra Vez
  11. Jardin D'hiver
  12. Something Happens to Me
  13. Stardust

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BBC Review

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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This is one of my favourite CDs and everytime I listen to it I fall in love with a different track. Jim Tomlinson and Stacey Kent never fail to please and the choice of title "The Lyric" is a useful way to describe Jim's brilliant sax playing. Stacey's timing and pace remain impeccable.

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!
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This is more or less a Stacey Kent album with Jim Tomlinson soloing a little more than usual. Good swinging jazz, very enjoyable. CD in good condition, no complaints.
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This is a highly enjoyable laid back album with the husbnad and wife team of Jim Tomlinson and Stacey Kent taking centre stage here.With this album Tomlinson and his band do more than just provide backing music for Stacey's vocals with Tomlinson playing some mellow Getz like tenor solos and David Newton contributing a few nice swinging piano solos.Kent doesn't possess the most powerfull of voices but,as always,puts what she has to the best possible use here using that sweet natured swinging style to great effect.The main focus i guess is on the Bossa Nova style tracks which were made so popular by Getz and get the smooth mellow treatment on this album also.For good measure there are some standards like "Stardust" and "If i were a bell" to add some variety.All in all this is a really pleasant and enjoyable album and am looking forward to seeing this band performing this material live.
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If you want to listen to music that makes you want to relax and enjoy, then this is the cd for you. Jim Tomlinson's sweet sax and Stacey Kent's gorgeous cool voice give new songs and classics a fresh, crisp treatment. Just listen to Stacey's melting interpretation of the classic "What are you doing the rest of your life" and you realise why she is one of the top female jazz singers around.
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Quite simply, this album is perfect. Stacey has a lovely light voice which isnt at all intrusive, but has the ability to stop and make you listen. I bought this album for myself, listened to it and have now been buying it for other people.

If you are a fan of Stacey or Jim, this album is a must!
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