Lush Life

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All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
This is Jacintha's third album for Groove Note, and her first with strings. Very popular in her native Singapore, she's beginning to get a worldwide reputation, and this release demonstrates why: Her voice is lovely, with clear diction and expressive, naturalistic phrasing. She draws the listener into a warm intimacy from the first track, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," a rarely covered and beautiful song with the perfect "rainy night in Paris" ambience supplied by Frank Marocco on accordion. Other highlights include a bluesy but refreshingly non-wailing "Black Coffee," with a fine, understated solo by Bill Cunliffe on piano; he's also good on the silky bossa ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
This is Jacintha's third album for Groove Note, and her first with strings. Very popular in her native Singapore, she's beginning to get a worldwide reputation, and this release demonstrates why: Her voice is lovely, with clear diction and expressive, naturalistic phrasing. She draws the listener into a warm intimacy from the first track, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," a rarely covered and beautiful song with the perfect "rainy night in Paris" ambience supplied by Frank Marocco on accordion. Other highlights include a bluesy but refreshingly non-wailing "Black Coffee," with a fine, understated solo by Bill Cunliffe on piano; he's also good on the silky bossa "Manha de Carneval," where Anthony Wilson's melodic plucking contrasts nicely with the smoothness of the strings. Another unusual but happy choice, "When We Were Young," showcases the superb flügelhorn of Dmitri Matheny, which enhances four other tracks as well. Eight of the ten selections are ballads and, since Jacintha delivers her message straight and serene, the overall feel is quiet, sultry, and relaxing. After slooow readings of "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Lush Life," and "September Song," Joe LaBarbera's brushes and drum accents on "Harlem Nocturne" provide a welcome texture and pulse. The surprise of the CD is the startlingly original, soaring introduction to the vastly overplayed "Summertime," where Cunliffe's string arrangement evokes both Gershwin and modern French composers. This is excellent late-night listening; the local male vote was "mesmerizing."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • Label: Groove Note Records
  • UPC: 660318101129
  • Catalog Number: 1011
  • Sales rank: 70,769

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jacintha Primary Artist, Vocals
Frank Marocco Accordion
Bill Cunliffe Piano
Peter Kent Violin
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Joe La Barbera Drums
Darek Oles Bass
Amy Shulman Harp
John Wittenberg Violin
Susan Chatman Violin
Dmitri Matheny Flugelhorn
Renita Koven Viola
Anthony Wilson Guitar
Norm Hughes Violin
Peggy Baldwin Celli
Rudy Stein Celli
Virginia Frazier Viola
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Bill Cunliffe String Arrangements
David Glasser Mastering
Peter Grant Art Direction
Joe Harley Producer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Antônio Maria Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Akira Taguchi Producer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Geoff Parsons Composer
John Turner Composer
David Tan Cover Photo
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Ying Tan Executive Producer
Sebastian Koh Executive Producer
James Lizardi Art Direction
M. Philippe-Gerard Composer
David Morrell Liner Notes
Angele Vannier Composer
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