JazzTimes - p.73
"Jane's in time jazz-meets-cabaret vibe remains fully intact as her playlist moves forward in time and southward in spirit."
Personnel: Jane Monheit (vocals, background vocals); Jane Monheit; Ivan Lins (vocals); Miles Okazaki (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ram¢n Stagnaro (guitar); Gayle Levant (harp); Assa Drori, Lisa Dondlinger, Miran Kojian, Dynell Weber, Irina Voloshina, Anatoly Rosinsky, Johana Krejci, Katia Popov, Ana Landauer, Ronald Folsom, Phillip Levy , Raphael Rishik, Robin Olsen, Tamara Hatwan, Becky Bunnell, Kevin Connolly , Bruce Dukov, Margaret Wooten, Yue Deng, Darius Campo (violin); Kazi Pitelka, Raymond Tischer, Victoria Miskolczy, Suzanna Giordono, Carrie Holzman-Little, Brian Dembow, Roland Kato, Dave Walther , Thomas Dienner, Harry Shirinian, Alma Fernandez (viola); Christina Soule, Timothy Landauer, David H. Speltz, Larry Corbett, Stephen Erdody , Armen Ksadjikian, Dane Little (cello); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Gary Foster, Joseph Stone, James Walker (woodwinds); Ari Ambrose (saxophone); Paul Klintworth, Justin Hageman, Richard Todd (French horn); Michael Kanan (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Sergio Mendes (piano); Peter Wolf , Jorge Calandrelli (synthesizer); Orlando Le Fleming, Dave Carpenter (acoustic bass); Mike Shapiro (drums, percussion); Rick Montalbano (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Don Murray ; Al Schmitt.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Discover Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; G Studio Digital, Studio City, CA; Ignited Now, Kagel Canyon, CA; Studio Caraibes, Brussels, Belgium; Wild West Studio, Malibu, CA.
Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Arrangers: Jorge Calandrelli; Sergio Mendes; Miles Okazaki.
At once crisply assertive and lovingly sensual, vocalist Jane Monheit is the jazz equivalent of the young and charming grade school teacher you secretly nurtured a crush on. A sophisticated bombshell of a performer with a voice that is, like her appearance, voluptuous and flawlessly pretty, Monheit has garnered well-earned comparisons to such icons as Ella Fitzgerald and the goddess of vocal pop, Barbra Streisand. In that sense, her sixth studio album, Surrender, is, at first glance, not dissimilar from her past work. Recorded with her working combo including husband and drummer Rick Montalbano, Surrender is a ballads-heavy album that features a mix of jazz standards, reworked pop tunes, and several bossa nova numbers. What is different is the focus and presentation of Monheit. Rather than featuring her here simply as a singer fronting a jazz band, Surrender is a cinematic showcase, a Broadway-sized coming-out party that finds Monheit's voice framed against sweeping orchestration and glossy, Technicolor arrangements. This is Monheit the vocal diva, the superstar. ~ Matt Collar