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In the Moonlight

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Widely regarded as one of Canada's best jazz singers, Russian-born, Toronto-based vocalist Sophie Milman changes tact slightly for her fourth studio album, In the Moonlight. The twinkling piano chords, shuffling, brushed stroke rhythms, and gentle brass instrumentation which defined her previous output are still very much in evidence, but having traveled to New York to record with producer Matt Pierson (Jane Monheit, Michael Franks), the Juno Award winner has capitalized on the opportunity to expand her sound by inviting a string ensemble on board for the first time in her career. However, avoiding the temptation to smother the timeless, smoky, jazz bar arrangements in ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Widely regarded as one of Canada's best jazz singers, Russian-born, Toronto-based vocalist Sophie Milman changes tact slightly for her fourth studio album, In the Moonlight. The twinkling piano chords, shuffling, brushed stroke rhythms, and gentle brass instrumentation which defined her previous output are still very much in evidence, but having traveled to New York to record with producer Matt Pierson (Jane Monheit, Michael Franks), the Juno Award winner has capitalized on the opportunity to expand her sound by inviting a string ensemble on board for the first time in her career. However, avoiding the temptation to smother the timeless, smoky, jazz bar arrangements in layers of bombastic layers of strings, the pair only use their newly recruited musicians sparingly and when needed, with only the Duke Ellington standards "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Day Dream," and the Umbrellas of Cherbourg number "Watch What Happens" offering anything more than the occasional orchestral flourish. It's an approach which entirely befits Milman's intimate and understated cabaret tones, whose seductive French-language delivery of Serge Gainsbourg's "Ces Petits Riens" and expressive, timeless performance of the Gershwin classic "Do It Again," belie her twenty-something years. The constant low-key, candlelight vibes inevitably begin to wear a little thin, but luckily, Milman occasionally shakes things up a little bit, whether it's the sensuous bossa nova reworking of the Billie Holiday favorite "Speak Low," the toe-tapping swing jazz rendition of Jon Hendricks' "No More Blues" or, in a rare concession to the modern music scene, the yearning and heartfelt torch song treatment of Feist's folk-pop album track "So Sorry." Indeed, it's the latter's convincing transition which makes you wish that Milman would tackle more contemporary material more often. Nevertheless, In the Moonlight is still a beautifully arranged selection of songs which, while nothing particularly revolutionary, unarguably provides one of the classiest Sunday morning soundtracks of the year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 099923215721
  • Catalog Number: 2157
  • Sales rank: 46,050

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do It Again (3:48)
  2. 2 Oh Look at Me Now (3:26)
  3. 3 Moonlight (5:29)
  4. 4 Speak Low (4:26)
  5. 5 Till There Was You (4:01)
  6. 6 Watch What Happens (4:41)
  7. 7 Prelude to a Kiss (4:35)
  8. 8 Ces Petits Riens (5:08)
  9. 9 So Sorry (4:07)
  10. 10 Detour Ahead (4:40)
  11. 11 Let Me Love You (3:32)
  12. 12 Day Dream (4:59)
  13. 13 No More Blues (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sophie Milman Primary Artist, Vocals
Gil Goldstein Accordion
Lewis Nash Drums
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Randy Brecker Flugelhorn
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Flute
Larry Grenadier Acoustic Bass
Joyce Hammann Violin
Kevin Hays Piano
Aaron Heick Clarinet, Flute
Romero Lubambo Acoustic Guitar
Richard Locker Cello
Lois Martin Viola
Chris Potter Tenor Saxophone
Mark Phaneuf Clarinet
Louise Schulman Viola
Antoine Silverman Violin
Charles Pillow Bass Clarinet
Steve Kenyon Clarinet, Alto Flute
Julian Lage Guitar
Grégoire Maret Harmonica
Maria Jeffers Cello
Kathryn Lockwood Viola
Sean Carney Violin
Entcho Todorov Violin
Gerald Clayton Piano
Tori Drake Harp
Jody Redhage Cello
Olivia DePrato Violin
Max Moston Violin
Johnathan Dinklage Violin
Technical Credits
Alan Broadbent Arranger
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Rob Mounsey Arranger
Duke Ellington Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Kevin Hays Arranger
Matt Pierson Producer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Julian Lage Arranger
Andrew Kelly Art Direction
Gerald Clayton Arranger
Chris Allen Engineer
DeVries Composer
Hendricks Composer
Bushkin Composer
Gershwin Composer
Noah Minsk Mastering
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