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Dreamsville

Stacey Kent Audio CD
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1. I've Got a Crush on You
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. Isn't It a Pity?
4. You Are There
5. Under a Blanket of Blue
6. Dreamsville
7. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
8. Hushabye Mountain
9. Little Girl Blue
10. You're Looking at Me
11. Violets for Your Furs
12. Thanks for the Memory

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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

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...Dreamsville is a superb addition to an already highly distinguished series of albums by one of the finest intepreters of a song since Ella Fitzgerald. -- BBC Music Magazine, January 2000

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Dec 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
It took me a while to get turned on to Stacey Kent, because she doesn't get nearly the hype that Diana Krall and now Jane Monheit get (Krall deserves it, Monheit needs to grow as a singer before she will). But having heard Dreamsville, I'm excited to have found a new artist to add to my playlist. First, there is that voice: sweet yet breathy and seductive. Add to that the fact that she knows how to truly sing, not just exhibit her vocal skills (something Monheit desperately needs to learn). Kent makes each song her own, yet does it in such a way that the song retains its identity. There's not a weak link on this CD, but for me, "Hushabye Mountain" stands out as a showcase of Kent's ability to breathe emotion into a song. Be warned, however: if you're one of those people who think Krall's "The Look of Love" is "boring" because "all the songs sound the same" (i.e. because there's no "Hit That Jive Jack") then this album may be a bit above your musical appreciation skills.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice. Aug. 26 2001
By Tony C
Format:Audio CD
I feel I must respond to the review by Mr Leroy James of New York city. First off, I don't quite see how the British are somehow meant to be less discerning than American and "international" audiences. The British jazz market is very discerning, certainly no less so than over the Atlantic. The British jazz market is smaller but if anything that tends to make it even more discerning. Many jazz musicians now find they are receiving a far better and more knowledgable reception over here than in America and there is generally a lively interest heavyweight jazz of the non-soft variety, both American and European. As for Kenny G, well I think Mr James will discover that lovers of Kenny G exist the world over! For some reason. Secondly, far from having no understanding of jazz, Stacey Kent presents a lucid and intelligent jazz programme on British radio. Third off, I can't stand Kenny G and I love Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, I've sold my own grandmother to see Dave Holland live, but I also happen to think Stacey Kent is pretty good too! Far from being a "little girl lost" type, having seen her live, she comes over both as being remarkably feisty and amusing and also as being deeply committed to the music she sings. And she works a crowd well too. True, the style is very different to Ella Fitzgerald or Dinah Washington or even Cassandra Wilson but I don't think it suffers for all that. Dreamsville is a ballads album, so if numbers with a little more pace are your thing you may want to try one of Stacey Kent's other albums first.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Kenny G. of jazz vocals July 29 2001
Format:Audio CD
The crass commercialization of jazz continues with this latest offering from the publishing mills. Kent's "cleaned-up" remakes of the great jazz standards have proved popular with a conservative British public who still shrink from the pure energy and passion that came out of Harlem and beyond but, at the end of the day, it remains to be seen how this album will fare among more discerning American and international audiences.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, but not a TRUE artist --yet. June 5 2001
Format:Audio CD
Stacey Kent has a sweet voice; it's sensual and evocative with echoes of the late Julie London. Another reviewer thought she was "hands down" over Jane Monheit, but I must strongly disagree. Ms. Kent is a talented song stylist, but not yet a mature jazz artist in the truest sense. I find her inadequate, when compared to the depths of emotion displayed by Ms. Monheit, who arrived on the scene as fully formed as a real jazz singer and artist can be, and is turning even non-jazz fans on with her fresh, sensual and unique interpretations of the great American songbook. Stacey Kent's renditions of classic pop standards all have a "sameness" to them, and her back up band here seems awfully turgid and uninspired -- which certainly cannot be said of Jane Monheit's (recorded) groups of sensitive and swinging jazz veterans. Ms. Kent's sound is nice and airy and she may yet blossom vocally, but at present she sounds miles away from being a real contender among current and serious female jazz singers such as Jane Monheit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets June 5 2001
Format:Audio CD
Every time Stacey Kent brings out a new album, it is, quite unbelievably, better than her last. Her string may end with this one because it just can't get any better. This album is made up of songs that friends and fans have requested and is filled with great ballads that Stacey makes all her own. The proof is the last cut, Thanks For The Memory, that she does with just the elegant piano backing of David Newton. It will probably be the first time you hear the song and don't immediately think of Bob Hope. Two other numbers demonstrate the range of possibilities in the ballad form. When You're Lover Is Gone has a drive and swing that showcases the whole group's ability while You Are There is a quiet and introspective reading that commands attention. Backing Stacey is her usual assembly. Jim Tomlinson's spare saxophone complements her phrasing most graciously. Her regulars, Colin Oxley on guitar, David Newton on Piano and Simon Thorpe on bass are joined by Jasper Kviberg on drums, are a joy to hear and the entire group makes it seem effortless. With nary a weak track on the disc, it would be hard to see how this album can be topped. But then, that's what I felt about her last one, Let Yourself Go. My only complaint is that this album has been out in England since last October and it's taken this long to cross the pond.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
CORRECTION:
ALBERT, not Alfred, Marx [Discovery Records]
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Published on May 30 2004 by cholmondeley
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Stacey
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 more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Lester M. Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I just received my first Stacy Kent CD, "Dreamsville."
Needless to say, it won't be my last!
Her voice is incredible!
Published on Sept. 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Great. Great.
Stacey's voice is perfect: never forced, and perpetually grinning. Dreamsville is a perfect CD.
Published on July 24 2002 by Dave Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars DREAMY!!!
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 more
Published on March 15 2002 by David A. Preiser
5.0 out of 5 stars A synthesis
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 more
Published on Feb. 24 2002 by Carlos Torres Moura
3.0 out of 5 stars What a great treat this cd has become
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 more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Philip Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamsville
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 more
Published on Sept. 28 2001 by "aamegatcher"
5.0 out of 5 stars She's Dreamsville.....
I stopped dead on my tracks when I heard her and this album for the first time in the store...and bought it! Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2001 by D. C. Ho
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just five stars
This album sends shivers. I take it in the car, cook to it, eat to it, sing along with it in the shower, you name it. Beautiful, beautiful.
Published on Aug. 10 2001
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