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Make Someone Happy

Sophie MilmanAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Sophie Milman is a charismatic young Russian-born, Israeli-raised, Toronto-based jazz vocalist who's well on her way to becoming an international sensation. Still in her twenties, she's been a household name in Canada since 2004, when her debut album established her as a major artist in her adopted home country. Since then, she's continued to take the jazz world by storm, topping ... Read more in Amazon's Sophie Milman Store

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Linus Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000QUU6A8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Toronto's Sophie Milman has that rare ability to appeal to two often deeply separated worlds: those who like their jazz light and those purists who want their jazz heavy and nothing short of it. By having a more-than-capable traditional jazz band and challenging herself vocally to bring the swing, she has commanded respect from both camps. Milman's delivery is silky smooth, a gorgeous voice with a low register reminiscent of Fiona Apple and an upper register that brings Ella Fitzgerald's bounce and playfulness to mind. Like many jazz vocal discs, her sophomore release Make Someone Happy contains an abundance of covers, but some rather surprising in style. The often-done "Fever"’s arrangement is nothing like the original, containing more of an unnerving musical undercurrent than the traditional sultry one. Milman--who recorded this disc in her early 20s--covers a number of underdone melodies, from Stevie Wonder's "Rocket Love" to the Guess Who's "Undun" with composer/original band guitarist Randy Bachman offering his sonic inflections to the song. Disc high points include the smokin' jam "It Might As Well Be Spring," the sexy bossa nova of original track "Something in the Air Between Us" and the beautiful cover of "Eli, Eli" by Second World War Holocaust hero and poet Hannah Senesh. It is a brave and haunting number that Milman does great justice to. --Denise Sheppard

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
We used to call them touch songs. Maybe they still do. In fact some of the songs are the old Marlyn Maye songs, such as "People Will Say We're in Love." But each song is unique, with different styling.

The rhythm is superb. Sophie's voice is mellow and lucious. The instrumental great.

Her voice has a nice range in the lower vocal range. But she reaches some of the higher notes easily too. She is a very versatile singer.

This is a great, easy listening album.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She Shines Again On This Gorgeous Sophomore Album October 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"I have to admit that when I made my first record, I knew very little about music. It was a hobby, a passion. But since the release of that record almost three years ago, music has become so much than a hobby and a passion. It has evolved into the best reflection of my experiences, emotions, and life. The last three years have been the most intense, stressful, difficult, turbulent, exciting, rewarding, and successful years of my life so far, and 'Make Someone Happy' is the product of all that. Making this record was a sort of a therapy." ~ Sophie Milman ~

That being said, Sophie Milman has truly developed into a fine jazz singer in such a short period of time and has earned her first major award at the 2008 Juno Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year for this album. Recorded and released in 2007, "Make Someone Happy" is a follow-up to her successful debut self-titled album, Sophie Milman [IMPORT DIGIPAK]. With the influx of contemporary female jazz vocalists singing the Great American Songbook, Ms. Milman, a fairly-new singer, is ahead of the game considering her impressive musical qualities. She has a crystal-clear and powerful voice. Her phrasing is impeccable and her singing is effortless. I believe these are the same qualities to be a great and remarkable jazz singer.

The repertoire is pretty eclectic - contemporary songs mixed with some of the finest standards ever written from the Great American Songbook. Most of the brilliant songwriters and composers in the Tin Pan Alley are represented in this wonderful album, the likes of Rodgers, Hammerstein, Styne, Van Heusen and Burke, to mention but a few.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her first album. July 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I saw Sophie Milman at "Jazz Alley", in Seattle a few months ago and loved her. I had to buy her first album, when I was there. I was that impressed. She played a lot of songs from that album and a few songs from this one (which I enjoyed), but I think, as a whole, this album is slightly less impressive.

I was a little disappointed with her rendition of "Fever". My favorite version is Peggy Lee's, so that's a little tough to match.

This is a fine album, though and I recomend buying it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best since Ella? April 7, 2010
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For someone so young, this woman's technical expertise is nothing short of jaw dropping. Further, she can swing as though she has the life experiences of someone twice her age. Her vibrato is perfect, and so is her pitch (sadly, such is not that common with younger singers nowadays). Some artists peak early, some later. If this woman has additional talent on tap that hasn't surfaced yet, there won't be a anyone anywhere near her in a short while. The choices of material for this CD were excellent, and the backing ensemble was polished. The recording engineering is impeccable - some of the best I've ever heard.
The record's not perfect, of course - there are a couple of piano parts that should have been redone, and the arrangements of a couple of songs were (in my opinion) a little too far removed from what most of us have come to expect.
So OK, call it a 4.95 out of 5. But make no mistake - Sophie Milman is an important artist who bears watching closely, and should be heard as often as possible.
My thanks to her and her team for a great recording.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new young jazz diva January 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I've been in the music biz for a long time in many different areas. I love all types of music but especially jazz. When you've listened to music for as long as I have you kinda get bored by the same old uninspired fluff that is around today. Enter Sophie Milman! This gorgeous young lady is the real deal! I love her smokey voice and her phrasing is beyond words. The arrangements could be a bit better. Each song had the lovely Sophie, bridge, then the lovely Sophie. More adventure, guys. That said, this is a cd I'll be listening to for a long long time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Singer, Arrangements, and Musicians April 26, 2010
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This CD, "Make Someone Happy," is a traffic stopper.

I heard some songs from it one morning on WHRB, in Boston, and sent for the CD immediately. It more than matched my initial impressions.

First, the arrangements are absolutely first class.

Second, the very skilled musicians have just the right spirit and musicality for the songs and arrangements, complementing the singing in just the right way.

Finally, Milman's singing is the kind of presentation that makes you pull the car over just to listen. In the lower range her voice is silky and velvety at the same time. In the upper range, her vibrato is stunning and makes the listener ache to hear it. This latter part of her singing is truly lovely.

The program is quite fascinating and intended to be autobiographical, in emotion as well as textual content (I take this from in interview in the DVD of a Montreal concert of the same material).

The only thing better than buying this CD would be to attend one of her concerts.

NOT to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sultry and intoxicating jazz vocals. Sophie is beyond dinner jazz and has joined the ranks of Jane Monhight.
Published 2 months ago by Dena A. Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Very nice voice. Nice to listen to. I will probably buy some more of her cds in the future.
Enough.
Published 19 months ago by Ronald A. Jirovec
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly talented and sophisticated jazz singer.
Voice of the angel.
Supper talent. Excellent singing. Good musicians.
Highly recommend for a jazz lovers. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Discover
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, no great
Sophie Milman is talented but I guess I expected a little more. I prefer a little "edge" like a Renee Olstead or Elaine Elias.
Published on January 11, 2012 by mark in hawaii
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but ...
I had never heard of Sophie Milman when this CD showed up as a recommendation. Based on the reviews, I figured I'd give it a try. I am glad I did. Read more
Published on August 26, 2010 by Rustyduck
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophie Milman is a great talent.
This is what I said about her first album...

The following recommendation is based on a music collection of over 1000 albums owned. Read more
Published on December 27, 2009 by Karleton Helfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Milman's Record Will Make A Lot of Jazz Lovers Very Happy
"Make Someone Happy" by Sophie Milman continues the current trend of great female jazz vocalists that sprung from the tree that Holiday, Fitzgerald, and Vaughn planted. Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by Terence Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophie Milman Brings the Talent!
I received the CD with quick service! Sophie Milman has a world of talent! I recommend anything she does!
Published on July 19, 2009 by Rick Sherman
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As Seeing Her at...Orchestra Hall
I would've left 'Fever' with Peggy Lee-and I'm not crazy about Stevie Wonder's 'Rocket Love' either;but I like Sophie's version of 'It Might As Well Be Spring' better than the... Read more
Published on May 7, 2009 by Brian Schiff
4.0 out of 5 stars Half a Mile from Heaven
Sophie Milman's sophomore outing is my introduction to her music. The jazz treatment of Stevie Wonder's "Rocket Love" may be my favorite on the disc with her vocals soaring,... Read more
Published on February 14, 2009 by Lee Armstrong
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