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The Very Best of Jane Monheit

Jane MonheitAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Jane Monheit: The Heart Of The Matter


Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit celebrates the tenth anniversary of her remarkable recording career with her most mature, heartfelt album yet, Home, a collection of standards that represents a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician. The CD features the band she has worked with onstage and off for most of her career, as well as special guests such as John Pizzarelli, Mark O’Connor, ... Read more in Amazon's Jane Monheit Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Encoded Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Just Squeeze Me
3. Save Your Love For Me
4. Hit The Road To Dreamland
5. In The Still Of The Night
6. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
7. I Wish You Love
8. Cheek To Cheek
9. Waters Of March
10. Dindi
11. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
12. Some Other Time
13. Love Me Or Leave Me
14. Never Never Land
15. Over The Rainbow

Editorial Reviews

Aside from having possibly the most flattering cover photography in jazz history, The Very Best of Jane Monheit, isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it is an enjoyable collection for those who like vocal jazz. Among the best tracks are "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," which paradoxically is perfect for a melancholy autumn afternoon, "Hit the Road to Dreamland," and Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night." Her previously unreleased versions of "I Wish You Love," and "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," are also nicely done, and the latter is different enough from (similar artist) Diana Krall's rendition (Only Trust Your Heart) to make it worthwhile for Monheit's loyal fans. Musically, this disc probably won't expand Monheit's fan base much, though visually, it should prove popular with men 18 to 35. --Leah Weathersby

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pentimento October 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
That's Italian for I changed my mind. I like Jane Monheit very much. I have nearly every album, and "The Very Best of Jane Monheit" offers a good selection of her songs, but I previously dissed this collection for not being my favorite versions of each song.. I have listened to this album, and I enjoy it even though these are just not necessarily my favorite renditions. For one thing, there is an above average (for Jane) amount of scatting. I like when she does that and wish there were more of it on all her albums. For another, This must be her fourth album with "Over the Rainbow" on it! I prefer the version on the "Live at the Rainbow Room" album.

This album, as with all such collections means you can here these songs together without going back and forth from album to album. I never have that much of a desire to hear these particular songs on one album, but it is enjoyable to hear them together anyway.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No surprises, but a decent intro to Monheit. June 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you are unfamiliar w/ Jane Monheit, this isn't a bad disk to get. The songs are fairly characteristic of her music. It's chill and still fun, but not especially deep. Really, I don't think these are her very best. Her live performances are much more enjoyable, but this collection is good for giving a solid cross-section of her music. For example, "Waters of March" has a good vibe and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" takes a very mellow approach, showing a bit of her range. I can only recommend it to people on that basis. If you want some mellow, easy vocal jazz and don't own any of Monheit's stuff, this is a pretty good CD. Personally, I think Diana Krall would be better to add to a growing collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How lovely June 1, 2007
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I recently discovered Jane Monheit in a quest to find the perfect versions of Cole Porter songs and I have since become an avid fan. Her velvety voice, clear diction and mellow interpretations of songs we've all heard makes them new, and yet, comforting. Jane Monheit delivers songs in the spirit of which they were written: cool, comfortable, lovely, inspiring and slightly groovy. If you can only hear one song of Monheit's, don't miss Too Late Now from Taking A Chance On Love. Put it on, close your eyes, and feel the euphoria of a beautiful song wash over you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Performance February 23, 2008
By BC56
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although this entire recording is terrific, Jane Monheit's interpretation and performance of 'Waters of March' is one of my favorite recordings. This is a performance that can only come about because she believes the words --- and it has to come from her soul. She hits every note, her timing is perfect and the inflection for each word makes this song come alive. If Antonio Carlos Jobim were alive to hear her performance of his song, I am sure he would say, "yeah...that is what I meant".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monheit's 'Very Best' is 'Very Good." January 25, 2008
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Jane Monheit is very young and it seems a little soon to be issuing a CD titled "The Very Best of Jane Monheit." Still, this is 'very good' stuff. A great voice. Great music. A great young jazz singer. I can hardly wait to get more of her music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good music! October 31, 2012
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I just cannot get away from the CD owning thing. What did I do with it,
loaded into computer then ipod. This is beautiful music, for sure!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
We are Jane Monheit fans. Love her voice. So when the new CD came out, there was o question that we'd buy it. That's what it means to be a fan. Read more
Published 8 months ago by intellagent
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Jane Monheit
Outstanding selections. Perfect listening either alone or with someone special. The final tract of Over the Rainbow is a definite winner!
Published 17 months ago by Indy Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I love this CD. It's wonderful music to listen to in the car on a long drive. It has a nice blend of some of her best recordings. I'm very happy that I purchased it.
Published on October 8, 2011 by A. T. Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Well, it is JANE MONHEIT! You either love her or you just don't get it. Jane and Diana Krall are my two favorate jazz singers...kinda retro.. Read more
Published on August 28, 2011 by Wayne B. Schultz
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not her best, but it's still great.
This is the purest and truest soprano voice since Joan Baez. I don't think it's the 'very best' of Jane's work, the new CD 'Surrender' is my favorite, but there's no doubt she's... Read more
Published on October 17, 2007 by John M. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful music
She has a beautiful, crystal clear voice that is almost haunting. I don't have much experience with Jane Monheit so I can't compare this to her other work, but this CD is one of... Read more
Published on August 6, 2006 by Vic
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