Down Beat - 2/00, p.663.5 out of 5
- "...her enunciation is clear, her sense of phrasing secure and her use of vibrato judicious....Kent gets her recording career off to an auspicious start..."
Personnel: Stacey Kent (vocals); Jim Tomlinson (tenor saxophone); David Newton (piano); Colin Oxley (guitar); Andrew De Jong Cleynert (bass); Steve Brown (drums).
Recorded at Curtis Schwartz Studios, Sessex, England on November 18-19, 1996.
Personnel: Stacey Kent (vocals); Colin Oxley (guitar); Jim Tomlinson (tenor saxophone); David Newton (piano); Steve Brown (drums).
Liner Note Author: Humphrey Lyttelton.
Recording information: Curtis Schwartz Studios, Sussex, England (11/18/1996-11/19/1996).
Arrangers: Colin Oxley; Jim Tomlinson.
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