Kent’s pianist, David Newton, is one of the premiere accompanists in the U.K., having worked with such top flight singers as Tina May. He and Kent display their musical attraction to each other on a relaxed, suave rendition of “Isn’t This a Lovely Day” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, where Kent and Newton gently joust as they deliver an elegant rendition of this tune. ‘Relaxed’ is as good a word as any to describe the atmosphere for this session. There’s nothing frenetic here. “S’Wonderful”, usually performed at a fast pace, gets a languid, medium tempo treatment with Newton’s piano, an effortlessly lilting Colin Oxley guitar and Jim Tomlinson’s tenor sharing the mike with Kent. “A Fine Romance” is about as upbeat as it gets, with Oxley’s cleaned line guitar setting the pace. Newton engages in a bit of Erroll Garner-like humming during his solo on this tune. Tomlinson’s romantic tenor is featured on “Let Yourself Go” and “They All Laughed”. On “One for My Baby”, he brings out his clarinet, using the middle register to help create the proper melancholy mood for this definitive ‘drowning my sorrows in booze’ tune.
This is another excellent album by American born, U.K.-based singer Stacey Kent, and is happily recommended.
2. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
3. I Won’t Dance
1. Isn’t This A Lovely Day?
2. They All Laughed
3. He Loves And She Loves
2. ne For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
2. I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan
3. I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
4. By Myself