Let Yourself Go: Celebrating Fred Astaire

( 2 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
In his imperishable films, Fred Astaire introduced some of the finest songs that such immortal composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Arthur Schwartz could provide, including "A Fine Romance," "By Myself," "They All Laughed," "Let Yourself Go," and "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Like Astaire, vocalist Stacey Kent knows how to make a big impression without breaking a sweat. On her tribute to Hollywood's greatest song-and-dance man, Kent displays an easy way with classic repertoire, the same comfortable swing and intimate approach that endeared her to fans of her earlier albums, Close Your Eyes and The Tender Trap. Kent's slightly nasal tone ...
See more details below
CD
$16.14
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$16.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (6) from $4.79   
  • New (5) from $9.18   
  • Used (1) from $4.79   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
In his imperishable films, Fred Astaire introduced some of the finest songs that such immortal composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Arthur Schwartz could provide, including "A Fine Romance," "By Myself," "They All Laughed," "Let Yourself Go," and "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Like Astaire, vocalist Stacey Kent knows how to make a big impression without breaking a sweat. On her tribute to Hollywood's greatest song-and-dance man, Kent displays an easy way with classic repertoire, the same comfortable swing and intimate approach that endeared her to fans of her earlier albums, Close Your Eyes and The Tender Trap. Kent's slightly nasal tone and low- volume delivery impart an unassuming, yet utterly winning, personality to the entire project, one that her British band is perfectly in tune with. Special kudos go to Jim Tomlinson, whose Stan Getz-like tenor solos add even more luster to the Astaire anthems. Kent knows how to extract the delicious humor in exquisitely-crafted songs like "Isn't This a Lovely Day," "Let Yourself Go," and "I Won't Dance," as well as the subtle pathos of "I Guess I'll Have to Change my Plan" and "By Myself." Kent seemed to come out of nowhere, but Let Yourself Go confirms that she's here to stay.
All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Let Yourself Go is an exceptional collection of 13 tunes written by the cream of popular song writers -- Berlin, Gershwin Brothers, and others -- honoring Fred Astaire's contributions to the vocal art. With his low key, narrow ranged voice, Astaire probably introduced and/or made popular more songs that were destined to become standard entries in the Great American Songbook than any other artist. Kent delivers this selective play list with one of three musical combinations, just piano, with piano plus rhythm, and with a larger aggregation which includes sax and guitar. Irrespective of the instrumental context, all of the tunes are delivered with Stacey's pleasant nasal twang to help her create the impression that the lyrics she's singing are part of an intimate one on one conversation with each listener. There's nothing over dramatic on this album. No gimmicks, just a voice as engaging as any on the scene conveying the meaning of a melody in the tradition of the person she is honoring, the inestimable Astaire. Kent's pianist, David Newton, is one of the premiere accompanists in the U.K., having worked with such top flight singers as Tina May. He and Kent display their musical attraction to each other on a relaxed, suave rendition of "Isn't This a Lovely Day" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," where Kent and Newton gently joust as they deliver an elegant rendition of this tune. "Relaxed" is as good a word as any to describe the atmosphere for this session. There's nothing frenetic here. "S'Wonderful," usually performed at a fast pace, gets a languid, medium tempo treatment with Newton's piano, an effortlessly lilting Colin Oxley guitar and Jim Tomlinson's tenor sharing the mike with Kent. "A Fine Romance" is about as upbeat as it gets, with Oxley's cleaned line guitar setting the pace. Newton engages in a bit of Erroll Garner-like humming during his solo on this tune. Tomlinson's romantic tenor is featured on "Let Yourself Go" and "They All Laughed." On "One for My Baby," he brings out his clarinet, using the middle register to help create the proper melancholy mood for this definitive "drowning my sorrows in booze" tune. In addition to providing more than 50 minutes of musical entertainment, the liner notes set out the lyrics for each tune. This is another excellent album by American born, U.K.-based singer Stacey Kent, and is happily recommended.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • Label: Candid Records
  • UPC: 708857976423
  • Catalog Number: 79764
  • Sales rank: 55,215

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stacey Kent Primary Artist, Vocals
David Newton Piano
Simon Thorpe Bass
Colin Oxley Guitar
Jim Tomlinson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Brown Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Alan Bates Executive Producer
Jerome Kern Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Curtis Schwartz Engineer
Stacey Kent Arranger
Jim Tomlinson Arranger, Producer
Simon Woolf Arranger
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Relax

    Ms Kents voice should be irritating and tiresome, but by the magic of music it is transformed into soft breezes and spring rain. Fred Astaire wasn't a great singer and he made these melodies into standards. Ms Kent adds her own distinctive touch. She boldly takes on Frank's One For My Baby and makes it her own, maybe even improves on perfection. This is a CD for cold winter nights. Start a fire, turn out the lights, grab something strong and steamy to drink and let yourself go. Bring a friend. With Ms Kent in the background blowing sweet and low you might just think of a way to make it till morning. Buy this CD. It's the right thing to do

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Album is Nice

    There are some wonderful selections here, like ''They All Laughed,'' and ''I'm Putting All my Eggs in One Basket,'' and Kent's voice is different but has a very cabaret quality. If you want to here a new take on some great old classics, you may be interested.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews