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The New York Native who Resides in England is a Formidable Presence on the Modern Jazz Scene. This is her Fourth Album Exploring the Standards and the Reviews have all Been Sterling. The Emphasis Here is on the Ballads and her Breathy Emphasis and Phrasing Are Nothing Less Than Spectacular and Riveting. Her Vocals Are Not "Dressed Up" Or Enhanced by Studio Technique. What You Get is Pure, Raw Singing Talent that Shines Like a Fine Jewel.
Stacey Kent has given jazz singing a huge fillip in the last two years. She has swiftly become the favourite of musicians and ordinary listeners alike. Her work has also defined the field, for she is not aiming, as are most other singers, at a "cabaret" or "night club" audience. Stacey Kent is a committed jazz singer as were Lee Wiley and Billie Holiday before her. She also has musical qualities in common with those two. This album is made up entirely of ballads, the singer's forté, and this far-sighted idea pays off generously. Her versions of these classics are awash with ingenious invention and her inspired timing is unique. It was an imaginative idea to put the verse of "I've Got A Crush On You" in the middle of the song instead of at the beginning. But that sort of thinking abounds in an album that is destined to become a classic. Miss Kent has the advantage of superior accompaniment, provided by her husband Jim Tomlinson on reeds and by the Dave Newton Trio. --Steve Voce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Kent has a sweet "little girl lost" voice that her publishers have marketed up to the hilt. (The album cover is a cloying remake of an English commercial from the '70's for chocolates!). What Marilyn did for "Happy Birthday", Kent does for the great jazz classics.
The recording is rescued, in part, by some lyrical playing by the backing crew but true lyricism and musicianship largely stop short of the singer herself. As Variety magazine said in their review "she sings clearly, cleanly and in tune". There is little evidence of any great talent or understanding of, say, the basics of jazz improvisation or even the heart and soul of jazz itself.
If you prefer Kenny G. to Bird or 'Trane, you're certain to love Stacey K. But if you find that light-weight pastiche is no replacement for passion, then you're better off buying the digitally remastered versions of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and the other late greats and not let the publishers play you for a sucker. Dreamsville? This stuff makes jazz look like Vaudeville.
Most recent customer reviews
ALBERT, not Alfred, Marx [Discovery Records]
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What can I say, I love Stacey Kent. There is something about her voice, the way the wraps around a song just makes you feel good. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Lester M. Carson
I just received my first Stacy Kent CD, "Dreamsville."
Needless to say, it won't be my last!
Her voice is incredible!
Stacey's voice is perfect: never forced, and perpetually grinning. Dreamsville is a perfect CD.Published on July 24 2002 by Dave Campbell
Stacey Kent Brings To Mind The Great Anita O'Day!! She Is Wonderful! I Will Be Buying All Her Cds!! The Musicians Are Fantastic! I Love This Singer!!! Thank You Stacey!! Read morePublished on March 15 2002 by David A. Preiser
Stacey Kent is a glorious synthesis of all the best sweet and smooth singers on the jazz history: Billie, Mildred Bailey, Doris Day, Helen Carr, Lucy Ann Polk, Beverly Kenney,... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by Carlos Torres Moura
I have wanted to buy some material by Stacey for some time now. The time finally arrived where I went into action and stopped talking about what I was going to do. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2001 by Philip Scott
I was privilaged enough to see Stacy Kent live in London's Ronnie Scotts club, Stacy Kent and her band were simply in a class of their own. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2001
I stopped dead on my tracks when I heard her and this album for the first time in the store...and bought it! Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2001 by D. C. Ho