Come Dream with Me

Come Dream with Me

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by Jane Monheit
     
 

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Following the astonishing success of Jane Monheit's 1999 debut, Never Never Land, it was only natural to wonder if this youthful singer, barely out of college, had real staying power. Come Dream with Me provides a resoundingly positive answer to that question. Monheit's strengths are fully in evidence here -- most notably her limpid, refined soprano…  See more details below

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Following the astonishing success of Jane Monheit's 1999 debut, Never Never Land, it was only natural to wonder if this youthful singer, barely out of college, had real staying power. Come Dream with Me provides a resoundingly positive answer to that question. Monheit's strengths are fully in evidence here -- most notably her limpid, refined soprano voice and her heartfelt love for the Great American Songbook -- bolstered by a deeper artistic self-assurance. Monheit demonstrates this at once by kicking off the disc with "Somewhere, over the Rainbow," raising a ghost that few singers would wish to contend with. Defying the odds, she manages to put her own stamp on Judy Garland's anthem, adding some melismatic flourishes and infusing the song with a wistfulness that's just as compelling in its way as Garland's incandescent emotionalism. As on her first album, Monheit has a powerful group of musicians behind her, most notably Kenny Barron, Mike Brecker, Christian McBride, and Tom Harrell.. But Monheit certainly doesn't need to be propped up by these seasoned stars. She is at her fluent best on the album's ballads, which include "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "Blame It on My Youth," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "If," the latter enhanced by some artful overdubbing. At the same time, Monheit is clearly making strides in her ability to swing, which she does with an appealing sauciness on "Hit the Road to Dreamland" and a lively bounce on "Waters of March." She concludes the album with another self-confident gesture, covering Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." Rather than attempting to renovate the song, Monheit offers an almost exact replica of Mitchell's own performance on the classic Blue album, with equally thrilling vocal effects. Call it imitation, call it homage, it's a lovely piece of work, and that's all that needs to be said. And it's followed, unexpectedly, by a snippet of Monheit's take on "Over the Rainbow" at a very early age, her breathy little voice as wobbly as a toddler's first steps. Whether this is meant to evoke a smile or to measure the distance Monheit has traveled, it clearly suggests that she has a wealth of resources that are still untapped -- it will be a treat to watch her do this in the years ahead.-- Philip Koslow

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Jane Monheit's sophomore outing follows in the same accessible mold as her debut, Never Never Land. The young, fairly green vocalist is joined again by all-star musicians, including renowned pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Greg Hutchinson, with Michael Brecker and Tom Harrell making a handful of guest appearances each. Closing the album on a surprising note, African phenom Richard Bona joins for an intimate duo rendition of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You," playing acoustic guitar accompaniment and overdubbing fretless bass filigree behind Monheit's vocal. Monheit's exquisite voice is becoming more seasoned and expressive, particularly on sassier numbers like "Hit the Road to Dreamland" and "I'm Through with Love." She also wraps her seductive charm around Jobim's swaying free-association poem "Waters of March" and takes on two of jazz's grand ballads, Billy Strayhorn's "Something to Live For" and Fran Landesman's "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most." The latter, a duet with Kenny Barron, prompts one to compare and contrast Chaka Khan's rendition with Chick Corea on 1982's Echoes of an Era. "Blame It on My Youth," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "Over the Rainbow" are pleasant but less remarkable. (The hidden 12th track, which features Monheit as a child croaking her way a cappella through "Over the Rainbow," is a harmless bit of self-indulgence.) There are a number of textural enhancements that distinguish this album from its predecessor, including subtle overdubbed background vocals, unobtrusive string orchestrations by Bill Fisher, and general arranging input from the superb young pianist David Berkman. With the Joni Mitchell tune and also with "If," a '70s soft rock hit by Bread, Monheit complicates her image as a retro jazz classicist, which earned her some rather severe critical drubbing when she broke onto the scene in 2000.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
Label:
Encoded Music
UPC:
0026656421921
catalogNumber:
4219
Rank:
61579

Tracks

  1. Over the Rainbow
  2. Hit the Road to Dreamland
  3. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
  4. Waters of March
  5. I'm Through With Love
  6. I'll Be Seeing You
  7. Something to Live For
  8. So Many Stars
  9. If
  10. Blame It on My Youth
  11. A Case of You

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jane Monheit   Primary Artist
Michael Brecker   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Kenny Barron   Piano,Strings,Musician
William S. Fischer   Conductor
Tom Harrell   Strings,Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums,Musician
Christian McBride   Bass,Electric Bass,Musician
Richard Bona   Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jannelle Guillot   Voiceover

Technical Credits

Joel Dorn   Producer,Liner Notes
William S. Fischer   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Carl Griffin   Executive Producer,Mastering
Gene Paul   Mastering,Sonic Supervisor
May Ann Topper   Concept Development
David Berkman   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Chris Haynes   Engineer
Tommy Wolf   Composer
John Trickett   Executive Producer
Bob Michaels   Executive Producer,Mastering
Todd Parker   Engineer
Fran Landesman   Composer
Richard Bona   Arranger
Jeff Dean   Executive Producer
Jane Monheit   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Amy Kwong   Art Direction
Kristian Storli   Authoring
Kehni Davis   Quality Control

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Come Dream with Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album on the strength of BN's hype--mistake. The material is really blah, and the musicians, including Jane, don't seem to be getting into it. It was a real comedown for me after the sensationally enjoyable ''Never Never Land.'' ''Come Dream with Me'' just doesn't show her talent, and isn't very enjoyable. It will stay at the back of my rack, if I don't give it away. With the sexpot pictures, I couldn't escape the feeling that the label is marketing this not as ''come dream with me,'' but as ''come sleep with me.'' Hey, nothing wrong with being pretty, but Jane doesn't need to use her beauty to sell her singing. Jim Isham
Guest More than 1 year ago
Longtime jazz fan must have a tin ear. The musicianship was of top quality,in all phases.Number one on Billboard now. The man has a nasty mind.Perhaps the drums and bass were not loud enough for him.Buy this top quality recording. The professionals can't be wrong!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lifelong jazz fan must have been listening to a different cd.......the one that I heard was perhaps the most glorious display of vocal talent that I have heard to date....Ms. Monheit and company should be deservedly proud of this masterpiece....when listening to the songs in my office, coworkers stopped at my office to ask ''Who is that great singer''.....so it is not just me.......and I'm also sure that Judy Garland is smiling!!!!! Great singer, wonderful selection of songs, and great musicians!!!! Enough said! I am very glad to say that I am going to be able to enjoy Jane Monheit's voice for a long time......
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Mel Torme, wherever he is, must be smiling on Jane Monheit when she sings ''Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most''. She has a way with wide intervals and a depth of feeling that comes through in her music that reminds me of Mel. I've also been missing Ella, Sarah, and Carmen and had just about given up finding anybody who could possibly measure up to their greatness. Jane Monheit is definitely on her way to joining these lofty ranks, as long as she stays in the jazz idiom. I love the standards, but the variety on this CD - even one of my favorite Joni Mitchell tunes, ''A Case of You'' - is refreshing in a mostly jazz offering. I've already listened to this CD fifteen or twenty times and I'm not even beginning to tire of it. Every one of my jazz-enamored friends agrees. Jane Monheit is a keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Jane grow up from the age of 8. I attended her high school plays, where she always had the lead, saw her in SOHO, NY, at the famous Vanguard and last weekend saw her fantastic performance in Chicago @ the Ravini. She is ''Fantastic''!!! I listen to her CDs driving to and from work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Monheit is a talented young singer with a gift. If you don't own any of Jane Monheit's recordings I would recommend that you buy two of each. Play one continuously and keep the other with you at all times in case of emergency.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a newcomer to the world of jazz, I was really taken with this album. Ms. Monheit's voice is something to behold. I look forward to purchasing a lot more of her music through the years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was reawakened to jazz ballads when I first heard her voice. Captivated, lost, and in love, these are just few of the emotions I feel whenever I listen to her voice. I had recomemded her to my professor and he can't believe he missed her. Her interpretation on ''If'' brought me closer to my loving friend. It brought new meaning to my life and to his as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Monheit is another musical gem emerging on the jazz scene and this CD has set a high standard. Her version of ''Over the Rainbow'' evokes the spirit of a young Judy Garland. ''Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most'' is as good as June Christy's version recorded in the 50's. There are no weak tracks. I highly recommend this CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs and arrangements are wonderful. Great singer~!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. Imagination, sensitivity, incredible musicality, and her voice gives me chills. I just listened to Jane's versions of several tunes against some outstanding interpretations: her ''Waters of March'' vs. Astrud Gilberto's, her ''Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most'' vs. Jackie Cain's, her ''I'm Through With Love'' vs. Ella's, her ''I'll Be Seeing You'' vs. Mel Torme's, and her ''So Many Stars'' vs. Kathleen Battle's (on the album of the same name, in which Ms. Battle sings with jazz players). In each case, Jane holds her own. We're lucky to have many years of her singing ahead!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is such a pleasure to listen to. Hard to believe she is so young--what a talented performer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fellow listeners: Jane Monheit does not disappoint. Her second album continues in the same great intimate mood as NEVER NEVER LAND. She does a great job on my all time favorite ballad, ''Ill Be Seeing You'' and proves that good singing is always in style. Again she is reminiscent of the great ladies of song, Nancy Wilson, Carmen MacCrae and Julie London. Jane's formal training and early listening exposure to the great singers comes through in each track. Album number three should showcase her backed by a big band similar to the great Harry James and Helen Forrest hits. I'd love to hear her do a few ''swinging'' vocals, maybe backed by the great Doc Severinsen TONITE SHOW big band! Sincerely, Dick Bobnick
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Ms Monheit at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in 2001. I was knocked out with her perfect intonation, diction and sense of swing. She has a lush sound on her ballads. Imagine all this talent on someone so young. It is certainly not wasted on 'her youth'. Oh, did I say, she looks good, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Monheit has perfect pitch and a wonderful voice, but I don't understand how everyone can compare her to Ella or Carmen? What made them so special in their time was their capability to scat! I have seen Jane live SEVERAL times and am disappointed with each concert. Jane- please learn to improv, because that is what is seperating you from becoming a legend and just being a good singer!
winmichigan More than 1 year ago
Jane Monheit has one of the most beautiful voices I have listened to. Once you listen you're hooked. Just sit back in your easy chair and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago