le 16 octobre 2007
Discovered at an amateur jazz outing in Toronto when she was 20, Sophie Milman is now 24 and a hot ticket with a new album, "Make Someone Happy".
Having been born in Russia, Sophie spent most of her early years living in Israel, moving at the age of 16 to Canada, which is now her "home", and where she made the unlikely transition from bookish teenager to glamorous jazz ingénue.
She still has an aunt and uncle, and some more distant family living in Israel, whilst the rest of her close family are in Moscow.
Since the release of her debut album "Sophie Milman", Milman has matured somewhat.
"Make Someone Happy" was recorded in Toronto with producer Steve MacKinnon (Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder), and features a very eclectic mix of songs, ranging from classic jazz standards such as Van Heusen and Burke's "Like Someone in Love", Rodgers and Hammerstein's ""t Might as Well Be Spring" to contemporary covers such as Stevie Wonder's "Rocket Love" and the Guess Who's covers of the Guess Who's "Undun" featuring Randy Bachman on guitar, and the classic "(It's Not Easy) Bein' Green", recorded by Ray Charles.
"It's a lot more retrospective and personal," she says. "I was satisfied with the first album because I hadn't been in a studio before, or had any kind of experience. But this album is all about my life and feelings, and every song has a personal connotation to me".
Sophie has a very pleasing low, bassy, and sultry voice - very suitable for singing jazz - and a confident manner in which she approaches each song. However, she does have a tendency to end her phrases with an overused playful vibrato which is somewhat anti-jazz in style but still very effective in a Marilyn Monroe-esque manner.
With this CD she continues her whirlwind and lucky career as one of the music industry's young jazz vocalists.
One of my favourite tracks is her version of "Undone" .
Interestingly, the legendary Randy Bachman of the Guess Who was invited and accepted to play on this song for Sophie.
Her take of "Fever" doesn't hold up to the original recording by Peggy Lee. Sophie's version has a sense of being over-arranged with too many tempo changes which in effect results in a loss of the bluesy grit which is so satisfying on the original version.
Another highlight is "It Might as Well Be Spring", where Sophie swings joyously with nice, very pleasing effect.
le 6 juillet 2011
This is the first album I have purchased of Sophie Millman. I am enjoying it trememdously. Her voice is smooth and velvety, the choice of songs is in line with my preference for melow jazz, and I don't tire of listening to it over and over again. This has become one of my favourite albums.
le 28 mars 2012
Don't waste your money or your time! Doesn't even deserve 1 star, except for the great musicians playing with her. Two things wrong with this "singer": 1. She has ABSOLUTELY NO idea what the words MEAN in the songs she sings. She puts inflections in all the wrong places in EVERY SONG! 2. This "pretender" has the WORST, un-schooled tremolo "shake" (it's certainly NOT a vibrato anyway). Her only saving grace is her somewhat good looks. I have no idea why they keep playing her on the radio! She can't compare to great Canadian female jazz vocalists like Emilie-Claire Barlow or Diana Panton, Carol Welsman, or a host of others. Every time I hear millman on the radio, I have to change channels - or turn it off - FAST!