Friday, 28 May 2010

Taking a Chance on Love

by Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit can make the standards sound as if they were just written yesterday. For her. On this album, she demonstrates this perfectly. My favourite songs here are Bill, Embraceable You, Love Me Or Leave Me and Too Late Now.

Yes, this could have been a great album if only Ms Monheit did stick to a small-band format. The big band or string orchestra are not just superfluous here: they criminally destroy all the intimacy. And I didn’t care at all for her duet with Michael Bublé, I Won’t Dance. Luckily (since it won’t make to my MP3 player), I won’t listen.

Taking a Chance on Love

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