Live at the Rainbow Room

Live at the Rainbow Room

by Jane Monheit
     
 

One thing’s for sure: Singer Jane Monheit loves the standards. You can tell by the way she addresses a great song with both respect and from-the-heart affection, playing up the crafted quality of the composition rather than the obvious charms of her sumptuous voice. She’s got the goods and she knows it; she doesn’t have to knock you over the head with her gifts…  See more details below

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One thing’s for sure: Singer Jane Monheit loves the standards. You can tell by the way she addresses a great song with both respect and from-the-heart affection, playing up the crafted quality of the composition rather than the obvious charms of her sumptuous voice. She’s got the goods and she knows it; she doesn’t have to knock you over the head with her gifts. This young, extravagantly talented artist gives herself plenty to work with on this vibrant live recording. The songs, be they American favorites ("It Never Entered My Mind," "Tea for Two”) or Brazilian standards (“Waters of March,” “Dindi”) or the occasional offbeat choice (Bill Evans’s “Turn Out the Stars,” Judy Collins’s “Since You Asked”) are aces, and Monheit makes the most of them all. Her superb accompanists, including bassist Ron Carter, and pianist Alan Broadbent, and drummer Kenny Washington, are certainly no hindrance, either. Recommended for those whose love of sterling songs is as great as this singer's.

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Recorded at the famous New York City restaurant on the 65th floor of Thirty Rockefeller Plaza, Live at the Rainbow Room features jazz vocalist Jane Monheit backed by a 31-piece orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent along with a solid small jazz ensemble featuring, among others, pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Kenny Washington. A glamorous singer whose cool pin-up persona calls to mind such '50s icons as June Christy and Julie London, Monheit is also an extremely capable singer. Although her understated approach does not incorporate vocalese or instrument-like solos, her crystalline voice and impeccable phrasing should appeal to fans of mainstream modern jazz and American popular songcraft. Throughout the night Monheit delivers classy and sultry versions of such standards as "Just Squeeze Me" and "It Might as Well Be Spring" as well as tackles such bossa nova classics as "Dindi" and "Waters of March" -- a song she refers to as her favorite to perform.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2003
Label:
Encoded Music
UPC:
0026656424922
catalogNumber:
4249
Rank:
59431

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jane Monheit   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Piano,Conductor,French Horn,Musician
Ron Carter   Bass,Acoustic Bass,Musician
Rene Toledo   Guitar,Musician,Guitar (Nylon String)
Kenny Washington   Drums,Musician
Kenny Ascher   Piano,Musician
Eulis Cathey   Announcer
Peter Eldridge   Piano,Vocals,Musician
Joel Frahm   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Musician
Michael Kanan   Piano,Musician

Technical Credits

Alan Broadbent   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement,Duet,String Conductor,Brass Conductor
Vince Mendoza   Arranger
Jim Anderson   Engineer
Peter Eldridge   Duet
Carl Griffin   Executive Producer
Joe Martin   Arranger
May Ann Topper   Concept
Jimmy Katz   Still Pictures
Michael Kanan   Arranger,Duet
Joe Martin   Arranger

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