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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



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Stacey Kent

Collection

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  1. Comes Love
  2. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  3. They All Laughed
  4. All Too Soon
  5. I’m Just a Lucky So And So
  6. East of the Sun
  7. In the Still of the Night
  8. He Loves & She Loves
  9. Isn’t This a Lovely Day
  10. It’s Delovely
  11. You Go to My Head
  12. Day In, Day Out

Collective Personnel:
Stacey Kent – Vocal
Jim Tomlinson – Tenor
Colin Oxley – Guitar
David Newton – Piano
John Pearce – Piano
Andy Cleyndert – Bass
Simon Thorpe – Bass
Dave Green – Bass
Steve Brown – Drums
Jeff Hamilton – Drums

Stacey Kent was smart to realise that there will always be a demand for good songs, well sung. The general public (and for that matter a lot of the jazz audience as well) prefer their singers and soloists, not to wander too far away from the original melodic line. She has good intonation, excellent diction and a sympathetic manner with a song. She also picks her backing musicians with care and has the benefit of excellent support from tenor sax playing husband, Jim Tomlinson, a fine melodic player.

It is difficult to understand the purpose of this release, Stacey has not been on the scene that long and most of her fans will already have the albums that these tracks are taken from. It is a good selection, but as she only sings quality songs with excellent accompaniment, just about any tracks from the previous albums could have been selected for this limited edition. It is probably aimed at people who have not bought her albums before and for this purpose it is ideal.

Personally, I would have liked the personnel information to include the detail of who plays on which track and there is an excellent trumpet solo on track 5, which goes without credit. Overall it is another quality album of the type we have come to expect from Stacey Kent.

Don Mather

 

 



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