Jane Monheit

    Genre : Jazz / Pop

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About This Act :

It is a lifelong musical journey from the dreamy innocence of "Never Never Land" to the world-weary delusion of "Something Cool." Yet, Jane Monheit, now firmly established as one of the post-millennial jazz world's foremost vocalists, has managed to make the trip in just eight years. In 2000, Monheit chose the sweet, escapist Peter Pan lullaby as the title tune for her debut album. Now, with The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me, her sophomore release for Concord (following 2006's sumptuous Surrender), she is plumbing the gin-soaked escapism of the heartrending tune made famous by June Christy in 1953.

But "Something Cool" is just one of several tracks on The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me, Monheit's widest-ranging and most accomplished album to date, that suggest the honey-voiced chanteuse is ushering in an artistic era of heightened sagacity and maturity. She also navigates the dark corners of Tommy Wolf and Fran Landesman's poignant "The Ballad of the Sad Young Men," delivers a superlative interpretation of Paul Simon's bittersweet "I Do It for Your Love" and embraces such contemporary songwriters as Corrine Bailey Rae ("Like A Star") and Fiona Apple ("Slow Like Honey"). "I was," confesses Monheit, "obsessed with Fiona Apple's first record when I was in college, and that's the album that song is from. I thought it was interesting to do it and "Like A Star" because both are by female songwriters who are almost exactly my age, and they're songs I really love. I'm always doing songs from the Great American Songbook by long-dead composers, mostly male. Standards are still where my heart is, but it's great to go beyond that." And, of course, The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me, produced by Matt Pierson, does include a rich assortment of jazz and pop classics, ranging from Cole Porter ("Get Out of Town") and Jimmy Dorsey ("Iím Glad There Is You") to Leonard Bernstein ("Lucky to Be Me"). Nor does Monheit ignore her deep adoration for Brazilian gems, adding Ivan Lins' "Acaso" ("No Tomorrow") and the effervescent samba "A Primeira Vez" to her recorded repertoire.