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Stacey KentAudio CD
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The ability to tell a story, capture an emotion, a mood, hone it and share it like a secret with her audience; these are the qualities that make Stacey Kent so special. Happy at home in a variety of genres, she casts wide her net in search of inspiration.
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  • Audio CD (April 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Candid Productions
  • ASIN: B00004ZAYM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Strictly in terms of recognizable standards, Stacey Kent's 2001 album, Dreamsville, might be hard-pressed to measure up to her 2000 NPR smash Let Yourself Go, a snappy, swinging tribute to the great dancer-singer-actor Fred Astaire, but it's still a sterling example of the girlish charm of London's top jazz vocalist. This collection of ballads ranges from the Gershwins ("I've Got a Crush on You," the underrated "Isn't It a Pity") to Henry Mancini (the dreamy title tune) all the way to Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman ("Hushabye Mountain" from the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). That it works seamlessly is a tribute to the singer's relaxed way with a lyric, excellent support and solos from a band featuring reedman Jim Tomlinson (Kent's husband), guitarist Colin Oxley, and pianist David Newton, and solid arrangements by Kent and Tomlinson. --David Horiuchi

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The New York native who resides in England is a formidable presence on the modern jazz scene. This is her fourth album exploring the standards and the reviews have all been sterling. The emphasis here is on the ballads and her breathy emphasis and phrasing are nothing less than spectacular and riveting. Her vocals are not "dressed up" or enhanced by studio technique. What you get is pure, raw singing talent that shines like a fine jewel.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets June 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Every time Stacey Kent brings out a new album, it is, quite unbelievably, better than her last. Her string may end with this one because it just can't get any better. This album is made up of songs that friends and fans have requested and is filled with great ballads that Stacey makes all her own. The proof is the last cut, Thanks For The Memory, that she does with just the elegant piano backing of David Newton. It will probably be the first time you hear the song and don't immediately think of Bob Hope. Two other numbers demonstrate the range of possibilities in the ballad form. When You're Lover Is Gone has a drive and swing that showcases the whole group's ability while You Are There is a quiet and introspective reading that commands attention. Backing Stacey is her usual assembly. Jim Tomlinson's spare saxophone complements her phrasing most graciously. Her regulars, Colin Oxley on guitar, David Newton on Piano and Simon Thorpe on bass are joined by Jasper Kviberg on drums, are a joy to hear and the entire group makes it seem effortless. With nary a weak track on the disc, it would be hard to see how this album can be topped. But then, that's what I felt about her last one, Let Yourself Go. My only complaint is that this album has been out in England since last October and it's taken this long to cross the pond.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy March 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard Stacey Kent sing (Bali Hai on "In Love Again"), I said "where have I been?"

Very few singers are a consistently perfect match for their material and sing strictly within themselves. Kent's material, on disc after disc, is a perfect match for her little girl, soft-cell vocalizing. She never stretches to reach ends that are beyond her, as so many other singers often attempt to do. Plus, her back-up group, as is this set, supports and complements her, and never attempts to overshadow her with "I'm here too" type playing. In this regard, listening to Stacey Kent on this album reminds me of Karrin Allyson, another fine vocalist, whose work on "Ballads, Remembering John Coltrane" was totally overwhelmed by tenorman Bob Berg's obvious attempts to remind listeners that he was there too.

On "Dreamsville," listen to When Your Lover Has Gone, and you will know what Stacey Kent is all about. Also, her version of Polka Dots and Moonbeams is so well done, it will be easy to set aside the notion that this is a "guy" song and that only someone such as Sinatra can get away with singing this Jimmy Van Heuson gem.

For what she does, and how she does it, Stacey Kent is perfection.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As near to perfection as you can get on record June 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I read a review of this album that said "Kent is a fragrant jazz chanteuse who routinely reduces hardened jazz-lovers (particularly the males) to weeping heaps of blubber...That voice is a model of the jazz singer's art, with its perfect intonation, cool poise and spine-tingling beauty. She makes these lovesome nuggets seem as timeless and malleable as the plays of Shakespeare. Who could guess that the world's most poignant vocal jazz album would be produced this late in the day" and I couldn't agree more. Monheit and Krall may have the limelight now, but try listening to Stacey and the others side by side - Stacey wins hands down everytime. She is destined to be huge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and sweet January 14, 2007
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It is the best of times and worst of times. The first decade of the 21st century may be remembered as a time when some of the most talentless trash was ever produced for popular music--while, at the same time, a new crop of very talented young jazz vocalists came to the forefront. Stacey Kent is one of those talented singers.

First, what Stacey is not. She is not a multi-octave range singer like Sarah Vaughan (of course, Billie Holiday also had a very limited range and still was a "lion"). Stacey's sound is clear, pure, and sweet. Some might say it to be "innocent," but--when she sings of love, or love lost--you just sense that she knows of what she sings.

It doesn't hurt that she has a first-rate band. We Americans have probably heard of none of them, but no matter. They deliver the goods here. Special note should be made of Stacey's husband, Jim Tomlinson. He is an excellent tenor saxophonist of the Lester Young/Ben Webster school. That is, unlike many modern tenor players who tend to "overblow" the instrument, Tomlinson knows how to bring out the romantic sensual tones. In this, he is comparable to one of the few contemporary players who has also figured this out, Scott Hamilton. It sure works here.

There really isn't a bad tune on this album--I would say "Thanks for the Memories" is my least favorite, but it's still OK. For my favorites, I would nominate "Violets for Your Furs," a somewhat forgotten standard and "When Your Lover Has Gone." Now, the latter tune has been done by just about everybody recently, but Stacey still puts her stamp on it, and Tomlinson's solo is wonderful. My favorite on this album, though, is "You Are There," where Stacey sings a single verse, accompanied only by piano. You can just tell that she feels the quiet, but intense emotion of love lost that is in every word that she sings.

This album is a "keeper."
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Angel on Earth August 8, 2001
By Hoarder
Format:Audio CD
I had the luxury of seeing and meeting Stacey Kent Live here in Washington, D.C. late last year, and she was breathless. The show was as captivating as is the CD, which I was able to get a early copy of. Stacey is not afraid to revel and express her love of ballads, and her sultry vibrato that she adds in her phrasing give me chills. Her natural approach to her song seem effortless and simple. She does not force the songs to "swing" by complicated changes but hold a simple elegance letting her voice carry the tune. Stacey is acompanied by Jim Tomlinson which matches her voice with some haunting wistful solos, such as in Violets For Your Furs. I can't recommend this enough, but if your not interested I will happy to keep this angel for my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't think there's anyone out there quite like her. How much do I...
if you're a fan of the standards and the women who interpret them, you have to discover Stacey Kent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Naturale
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
This is the cd you want to pop in late at night when the kids are in bed. It is during this quiet time when you can really appreciate this kind of music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JazzFreak
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely LOVE this CD.
Wow!! I just happened to come across Stacey Kent while looking at jazz CDs to buy on Amazon. I listened to the samples and really liked them so I ordered the CD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dpditto
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to her latest standards.
This is a nice recording of Stacey' s earlier music without the Latin touch which is a present and pleasant improvement.
Published 5 months ago by Michael Doel
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Too Dreamy
Stacey Kent's early albums were sensational -- smart, jazzy takes on classic tunes with a wonderful sense of innocence and freshness. This CD is just too mellow for my taste. Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Count
5.0 out of 5 stars love this album...
Love this album, It's my first one by Stacey Kent, And it won't be my last, I have like her for many years, The one song on it is my favorite ....It's call ... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rôbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamsville Indeed
Stacey Kent is irresistible. That girlish tone, that confiding sensibility, and the clarity of diction all draw you in. Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Eddie Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars How Sweet!!!!
Great album.

"You are There" is stunning. Simple and poignant. What a beautiful rendition of Johnny Mandel and Dave Frishberg's tune.

Thank you Stacey.
Published on May 16, 2007 by D. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Voice!
I'm in my 20s and love jazz/standards. I've never heard a voice like Stacey's... she sounds 'innocent', pure... you just have to hear the samples! Read more
Published on April 8, 2005 by SmoothSensAsian
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
CORRECTION:
ALBERT, not Alfred, Marx [Discovery Records]
Please fix. Thanks
Published on May 30, 2004 by cholmondeley
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