Kent is stunning in I Know I Dream
Vocalist Stacey Kent has been consistently giving us gorgeous versions of standards as well as introducing fresh tunes into the jazz canon for over twenty years. Kent is a Grammy nominated, Platinum-selling American jazz singer and recording artist that was born in South Orange, New Jersey and attended Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. After graduation, Kent traveled to England to study music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she met saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, whom she married. She has won many awards, but she has never teamed up with a full orchestra, until now!
About the Album
I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions (Deluxe Version) presents Kent’s voice with a full orchestra containing nearly sixty musicians, plus the traditional jazz quartet of piano, bass, drums and saxophone. Consisting of twelve tracks and two bonus tracks, for a total of fourteen lush selections that features Kent’s warm embracing vocal style. The full orchestral arrangements are subtle, adding without overwhelming and leave plenty of room for improvisations by individual instruments like flute, sax, guitar, and piano. The quality of the original material is wonderful. The title song, “I Know I Dream,” and “Make It Up” are very enjoyable. The arrangements for familiar material are also stellar, check out, “Double Rainbow” and “That’s All.” Kent sounds as good as ever and brings true feelings to the lyrics. The arrangements are most by Tommy Laurence with a few from Jim Tomlinson. Kent’s sensitivity to phrasing, grace, and multilingual lyrics all contribute to this pleasurable release.
Our Favorite Song
Our favorite track was Léo Ferré’s “Avec Le Temps.” The arrangement is beautiful and Kent’s phrasing and emotion translation is breath taking. The strings support Kent’s lines without getting in the way, but still add the right amount of color and support. The arrangement builds and unfolds, taking the listener on a quiet emotional journey that is beautiful, introspective and a stunning example of singing, orchestration and playing. The maturity, vocal control and emotional impact by Kent is perfect and the French lyrics take it over the top!
The singing, orchestrations and material on this project is first-rate. Jazz buffs will enjoy the Jobim gems and standards like “That’s All,”and everyone will love the French tearjerkers and the new appealing songs Tomlinson co-wrote with (either) Cliff Goldmacher, Kazuo Ishiguro, or Antonio Ladeira. Kent again delivers a beautiful project that has a wide musical appeal, with amazing orchestrations and singing, what more could one ask for?
Double Rainbow; Photograph; Les Amours Perdues; Bullet Train; To Say Goodbye; Make It Up; Avec Le Temps; I Know I Dream; La Rue Madureira; Mais Uma Vez; That’s All; The Changing Lights.
I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions (Deluxe Version)
Stacey Kent: vocals; Jim Tomlinson: saxophones, alto flute, percussion; Graham Harvey: piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboard; John Paricelli: guitars; Jeremy Brown: double bass; Joshua Morrison: drums; Curtis Schwartz: electric bass (4); Erika Matsuo: station announcement (4); Martin Burgess: violin; Amanda Smith: violin; George Salter: violin; Katie Stillman: violin; Lorraine McAslan: violin; John Mills: violin; Andrew Storey: violin; Richard Milone: violin; Paul Wiley: violin; Rob Bishop: violin; Jenny Godson: violin; Catherine Morgan: violin; Matthew Ward: violin; Jeremy Morris: violin; Clare Hayes: violin; Richard Blayden: violin; Richard George: violin; Alison Dods: violin; Susan Briscoe: violin; Takane Funatsu: violin; Fiona Bonds: viola; James Boyd: viola; Ian Rathbone: viola; Nick Barr: viola; Chian Lim: viola; Reiad Chibah: viola; Martin Loveday: cello; Nick Cooper: cello; Will Schofield: cello; Judith Herbert: cello; Juliet Welchman: cello; Julia Graham: cello; Vicky Matthews: cello; Chris Laurence: bass; Richard Pryce: bass; Lucy Shaw: bass; Eliza Marshall: flute; Sarah Newbold: flute; Patricia Moynihan: flute; Siobhan Grealy: flute; Holly Cook: flute; Jamie Talbot: clarinet, alto flute; Time Lines: clarinet; Tom Lessels: bass clarinet; Steve Morris: contrabass clarinet; John Thurgood: French horn; Corinne Bailey: French horn; Joanna Hensel: French horn; Andy Sutton: French horn; Sue Blair: harp; Adrian Bending: vibraphone, percussion.
October 20, 2017