In the Sun

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
On her third release, In the Sun, Jane Monehit announces her artistic maturity. Essaying a grand swath of work from composers including Duke Ellington, Rodgers and Hart, Ivan Lins, and Judy Collins, the young, much-publicized singer approaches each song with a stunning balance of technical assurance and emotional commitment. Whether the material speaks of bossa nova (“Chega de Saudade," “Once I Walked in the Sun”), standard balladry (“Some Other Time,” “It Never Entered My Mind”), swing (“Cheek to Cheek”), or even folk-oriented work (“Love Has No Pride,” “Since You Asked”), Monheit’s rhythmically sure, light-toned approach buffs everything to a lovely glow. Monheit ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
On her third release, In the Sun, Jane Monehit announces her artistic maturity. Essaying a grand swath of work from composers including Duke Ellington, Rodgers and Hart, Ivan Lins, and Judy Collins, the young, much-publicized singer approaches each song with a stunning balance of technical assurance and emotional commitment. Whether the material speaks of bossa nova (“Chega de Saudade," “Once I Walked in the Sun”), standard balladry (“Some Other Time,” “It Never Entered My Mind”), swing (“Cheek to Cheek”), or even folk-oriented work (“Love Has No Pride,” “Since You Asked”), Monheit’s rhythmically sure, light-toned approach buffs everything to a lovely glow. Monheit also gets first-rate support from such A-list jazz musicians as bassist Ron Carter and drummer Kenny Washington, as well as talented players including saxophonist Joel Frahm and pianist Michael Kanan. And while some selections are presented in duet form, with Monehit interacting simply yet powerfully with either piano or guitar, others feature inspired arrangements from such masterly orchestrators as Alan Broadbent and Vince Mendoza. If the huge praise for Monheit’s earlier releases seemed a bit premature, In the Sun fully deserves all the plaudits it will undoubtedly receive.
All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Jane Monheit's third album attempts to combine a number of elements: jazz standards, Brazilian repertoire, ballads lushly orchestrated by Alan Broadbent and Vince Mendoza, and even pop vehicles originally sung by Linda Ronstadt and Judy Collins. The young vocalist is usually at her best fronting a small combo; here one wishes she had relied more on her working band with pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Joe Martin, tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, and drummer/husband Rick Montalbano. It is they who provide this record's most rewarding moments: Martin reharmonizes Ellington's "Just Squeeze Me"; Kanan presents a funky take on "Cheek to Cheek" and duets with Monheit on an unusually slow "Tea for Two." On these tracks one can hear Monheit taking vocal risks, testing her mettle with bluesy inflections and bold peaks in volume. Much of the rest of the album is closer to Streisand than Sarah Vaughan, however. The final four tracks bog down in slow tempos and a vanilla-syrup aesthetic; her Portuguese-language rendition of Ivan Lins' "Comecar de Novo" seems especially contrived. But her duet with guitarist Rene Toledo on "Chega de Saudade" is more convincing, and Lins' guest appearance on his own "Once I Walked in the Sun" provides some lilting harmonic tensions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Encoded Music
  • UPC: 026656423420
  • Catalog Number: 4234
  • Sales rank: 53,742

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jane Monheit Primary Artist
Ivan Lins Piano, Vocals
Alan Broadbent Conductor
Ron Carter Bass
Vince Mendoza Strings, Conductor, Harp, Brass, Woodwind
Rene Toledo Percussion, Guitar (Nylon String)
Don Alias Percussion
Kenny Washington Drums
Kenny Ascher Piano
Tom Harrell Trumpet
Gene Paul Overdubs
Joel Frahm Tenor Saxophone
Michael Kanan Piano
Joe Martin Bass
Technical Credits
Alan Broadbent String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Harp Arrangement, Woodwind Arrangement
Vince Mendoza Arranger
Rene Toledo Duet
Eric Kaz Composer
Jim Anderson Engineer
Kenny Ascher Duet
Joel Dorn Producer, Audio Production
Carl Griffin Executive Producer
Gene Paul Engineer, Digital Editing, Mastering
May Ann Topper Package Concept
Jennifer A. Munson Engineer
Scott Young Engineer
Michael Kanan Arranger, Duet
Joe Martin Arranger
Amy Kwong Art Direction
Ben London overdub engineer, Overdub Vocal Coordinator, Sonic Solutions, Pro-Tools
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...The way they used to sing....

    My dad, 78, was visiting me. We had purchased some CDs, and he had found some re-releases of his old favorites. In the course of our discussion while we listened, he lamented that people just didn't sing that way anymore. So, I slipped this CD on without warning him. When she started singing, Dad asked me in amazement, "WHO IS THIS?" She so musically lands on each note. Her control is so great, she makes it sound easy. And then, she steps back and lets the instrumentalists have fun (and shine.) What a gift she has... and what an opportunity We have to listen! Thank you, Ms. Monheit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GREAT TALENT / A GREAT CD

    Having purchased this CD at a live Jane Monheit performance I could hardly wait to get home and play it. This is by far her best CD yet. It was worth the price just to be able to hear "Once I Walked In the Sun" whenever I wish. It is the best song on an CD full of songs performed as only Jane Monheit can. Mel, rest in peace Jane is here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definite can't miss cd!

    She is one of the rarest of talents that you will buy no matter what I or anyone else writes about her simply because her voice can take you places you thought never existed...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A voice as powerful as sexy

    I had the chance to see Jane Monheit in her brazilian tour earlier this year. She performed some songs that are now in this new release. Her powerful yet smooth voice, and her ''mis-en-scène'', will sure grant her the plce she deserves in the new jazz scene.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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