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Vocal Jazz - Released October 20, 2017 | Okeh

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Her voice is already a shrine by itself. A shrine in which all the world standards shine brightly. But this time, the shrine is for Stacey Kent a carpet of strings. With I Know I Dream, the singer from New Jersey makes the experience even silkier. Recorded in the famous Angel Studios in London with a phalanx of sixty musicians and meticulously produced by Tommy Lawrence and Jim Tomlinson (Mister Stacey Kent in real life), this album offers rearranged themes to reach some sort of nirvana of depth, intimacy and delight. A true grace that above all avoids the trappings into which the vocal jazz discs sometimes fall… Where the repertoire is concerned, Stacey Kent remembers her love of jazz, of French songs (Juliette Gréco, Léo Ferré and Nino Ferrer come to mind) and Brazilian music (Tom Jobim). As always with her, there’s a love of storytelling and a deep passion for language and words. These are essential things that Stacey Kent perfectly merges in the ocean of strings of this rare pearl of a disc. © CM/Qobuz

Jazz - Released March 15, 2010 | Parlophone France


Jazz - Released September 3, 2007 | Parlophone France

Kent is what men used to call a classy broad. Her elegant fashion sense and understated vocal style make her sound like a woman from another time, an unflappable sophisticate with a warm, slightly world-weary persona. She was born in the United Sates but after a trip to France, she decided to become a jazz singer. In the early '90s she landed in Oxford where she met her husband, musical director/sax player Jim Tomlinson. Tomlinson also produces Kent's albums, and this time out, he composed several charming tunes that sound like potential standards, plus collaborations with lyricist Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Remains of the Day. Original tunes like "The Ice Hotel" and "I Wish I Could Go Traveling Again" are full of wry humor, and Kent delivers them with her usual effortless grace. "The Ice Hotel" is a samba that talks of forsaking the tropics for a room that keeps the temperature at a "steady five degrees." The ambivalent lyric is perfectly suited for Kent's unassuming style. Is she chiding a lover for his detached demeanor or promising a passionate night that will raise the temperature and put a sizzle in the air? It's hard to tell, and with the music is as warm as the lyric is cool, the tune has a delicious tension. "I Wish I Could Go Traveling Again" sounds like the kind of tune Noël Coward used to write, full of urbane humor and references to "overpriced hotels devoid of charm." Its melancholy meditation on lost love is enhanced by John Parricelli's rippling guitar and Graham Harvey's subtle bluesy piano. Kent slows down "What a Wonderful World" making it sound more blue than celebratory. Her wistful phrasing imbues the song with a painful melancholy. On "Hard Hearted Hanna," Tomlinson supplies a brief, breezy solo while Kent sounds sly and impudent, playing up the lyric's over the top humor. "Ces Petits Reins," a Serge Gainsbourg tune, benefits from a percussive arrangement featuring bongos, muted guitar notes, and drummer Matt Skelton's brush work; Kent drops in brief faux trumpet accents. Kent's band provides subtle support throughout. Each player steps out for brief impressive solos, but mainly they lay back and support their boss' unobtrusive style. ~ j. poet

Jazz - Released August 24, 2012 | Candid Productions


Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released February 1, 2013 | Candid Productions


Vocal Jazz - Released November 13, 2015 | Okeh

With Tenderly, her first album for the label OKeh, Stacey Kent returns to the repertoire of great standards that made her famous. Nothing but a pure and quiet intensity that comes with astonishing vividness, intimately revealing both the soul of the song and of the artist simultaneously. This is probably where the magic of this American singer lies. With this record, Kent also inaugurates a new remarkable collaboration by joining forces with Brazilian guitarist Roberto Menescal. Just like Julie London with Barney Kessel, and Ella Fitzgzerald with Joe Pass, Stacey Kent found in Menescal the ideal companion to transcend some of the most beautiful pages of the great american songbook. Simple, beautiful and powerful. © CM / Qobuz

Jazz - Released January 1, 2003 | Candid Productions

Stacey Kent is back, with her regular combo, for an engaging tribute to Richard Rodgers. In addition to routinely covered songs like "It Never Entered My Mind" and "Bewitched," the Britain-based vocalist looks to the South Pacific book and comes up with two items seldom performed in a jazz context -- "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and "Bali Ha'i." Happily, these are two of the best cuts; the former, with its burlesque-ish 6/8 middle section, works amazingly well. The sound of the disc is strong, highlighting the nicely varied arrangements and the innate charm of Kent's puckish voice. There are a few downsides: a sluggish "Thou Swell," an aimless bossa nova reading of "It Might as Well Be Spring," and a general overabundance of ballads. But swinging tracks like "This Can't Be Love" and "My Heart Stood Still" (the latter spiced with tasty chord substitutions) make up for the lukewarm spots. ~ David R. Adler

Vocal Jazz - Released March 19, 2012 | Parlophone France

Featuring performances of Great American Songbook standards "The Best Is Yet to Come," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," and "It Might as Well Be Spring" alongside classic French chansons "Ces Petits Riens," "Samba Saravah," and "Jardin d'Hiver," Dreamer in Concert is the first live album from Grammy-nominated New Jersey jazz singer Stacey Kent. Recorded at La Cigale in Paris in May 2011, the 13-track collection also includes four previously unrecorded songs, including covers of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Water of March" and "Dreamer," and two new compositions co-penned by saxophonist husband Jim Tomlinson with author Kazuo Ishiguro ("Postcard Lovers") and Portuguese poet Antonio Ladeira ("O Comboio"). ~ Jon O'Brien

Jazz - Released July 29, 2013 | Parlophone Records Limited

The Changing Lights is another welcome addition to the back catalog of jazz vocalist Stacey Kent. Focusing on her love of Brazilian music, the album sees Kent delivering a collection of original and cover material mixing bossa nova with her usual smooth jazz style. The album includes collaborations with Portuguese poet Antonio Ladeira and French lyricist Bernie Beaupère.

Vocal Jazz - Released September 1, 2002 | Candid Productions


Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 17, 2016 | Candid Productions Ltd.


Jazz - Released April 2, 2007 | Candid Productions


Jazz - Released June 22, 2010 | Candid Productions Ltd.


Jazz - Released November 16, 2009 | Candid Productions Ltd.


Jazz - Released September 1, 1999 | Candid Productions


Jazz - Released May 30, 2011 | Candid Productions Ltd.


Jazz - Released September 7, 1997 | Candid Productions

Stacey Kent has a very appealing voice, and her delivery is full of joy, enthusiasm, and subtle creativity. Sticking mostly to veteran standards on this CD (only "Sleep Warm" was written after the 1950s), Kent sounds delightful while joined by a fine mainstream quintet. Jim Tomlinson contributes some tenor solos reminiscent in tone of Stan Getz, and pianist David Newton and guitarist Colin Oxley also get some solo space. Such songs as "More Than You Know," "There's a Lull in My Life," "There's No You," and "Little White Lies" are all uplifted, making this a very easy CD to enjoy and Stacey Kent a voice to look for in the future. ~ Scott Yanow

Jazz - Released July 29, 2013 | Parlophone (France)


Jazz - Released January 1, 2000 | Candid Productions

Vocalist Stacey Kent may or may not be "the greatest ballad singer in half a century," as her PR claims, but her straightforward renditions of these by-request ballads are not at all generic. What makes them consistently delightful is her unique sound and delivery. There's a certain brassiness, a trumpet-like pointedness, in her voice, as well as a host of endearing idiosyncrasies. Listen to her pronounce the word "idea" in George and Ira Gershwin's "Isn't It a Pity?" Or deliver these remarkable lyrics from the same song: "What joys untasted!/You, reading Heine/Me, somewhere in China." And later, "My nights were sour, spent with Schopenhauer." Kent knows how to make every tune fit her own musical persona. Dreamsville includes a number of seldom-heard gems, particularly "You Are There" by Johnny Mandel and Dave Frishberg, "You're Looking at Me" by Bobby Troup, and the ever-stunning title track by Henry Mancini. She also presents perennial favorites like "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Thanks for the Memory" (the latter not exactly a ballad). And although this is Kent's hour all the way, her band provides expert backing and more than a few surprises. The singer's husband, Jim Tomlinson, takes a break from tenor sax to play a sumptuous clarinet solo on "Polka Dots." And in the midst of Rodgers & Hart's "Little Girl Blue," pianist David Newton, bassist Simon Thorpe, and drummer Jasper Kviberg fall away, entering again only after Tomlinson and Colin Oxley perform a hushed tenor/guitar duet chorus. ~ David R. Adler

Jazz - Released January 1, 1910 | Candid Productions