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JANE STUART

Don't Look Back

JSM 002

 

 


1. I Just Found Out About Love
2. Experiment
3. Eleanor Rigby
4. Don't Look Back
5. Bird of Beauty
6. Let it Come to You
7. Who Will Buy
8. Wheelers and Dealers
9. You are There
10. Summertime
11. I'll Follow the Sun
12. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

Jane Stuart - Vocals
Rave Tesar - Keyboards
Rick De Kovessey - Drums
Sue Williams - Bass
Kermit Driscoll - Bass
Emedin Rivera - Percussion, whistles
Dave Stryker - Guitar
Dick Oats - Alto sax, flute
Frank Elmo - Tenor sax
Orlando Quinones, Paige Sandusky, Rick de Kovessey, Rave Tesar - Background vocals

 

This is a very well produced and recorded album, by a singer who knows what she is at and has a genuine jazz feel in her voice. She has the benefit of an excellent and sympathetic group of musicians providing the backings; there are some big names here even if some of them do not appear on many tracks.

Jane has good diction and intonation to go with her jazz feel, so from that point of view things could not get much better! The selection of material is varied and she makes a conscious effort to put her own stamp on all of it.

I was pleased to hear I Just Found About Love, I Didn't Know What Time It Was and Experiment again; none of these tunes is heard often enough. Experiment is a Cole Porter classic and the track has some fine alto sax playing by Dick Oats. This was also the first time I have heard Lionel Bart's Who Will Buy sung in a jazz groove, but it works and there is a short, but very nice solo from Frank Elmo on tenor. Summertime has been done by everybody, but Jane manages to come up with something a little bit different, which makes for interesting listening. Again we get some good saxophone work, this time from Dick Oats on alto.

This is a good album. Jane Stuart is a great performer and I recommend it to those who enjoy female jazz singers in ideal musical situations. It has stayed on my machine for some time.

Don Mather



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