Recorded and mixed at Sear Sound, NYC,
Mastered at Battery Studios, NYC.
The beautifully subtle pop/jazz vocalist has been one of the great old souls of music since launching her recording career after winning the first runner up prize at the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute Vocal Competition. But she celebrated the significant chronological milestone of passing 30 while making this graceful and exquisite album. Beyond that, Monheit also celebrates her new motherhood to son Jack, and that's what inspired the inclusion of the always welcome "Rainbow Connection"; she sings the charming song - and its lyrics that inspired the name of the recording - to Jack all the time. At home, however, it doesn't have the exquisite Gil Goldstein accordion touch that makes this one of the best renditions ever. Goldstein arranged many of the tracks, but one of the most exciting jazzy turns, Monheit's swinging, swaggering "Get Out of Town," was done by pianist Michael Kanan, who was part of the ensemble that recorded half of these tracks while the singer was still pregnant. In many ways, then, this 13-track collection is a chronicle of the singer pre- and post-motherhood - and all something that Jack will be proud of as he grows older. As always, the key to a great interpreter's project is the choice of material, and Monheit makes interesting picks, ranging from a wistful take on Paul Simon's "I Do It for Your Love" to Fiona Apple's dark and haunting "Slow Like Honey" and Corinne Bailey Rae's "Like a Star." She also mines her traditional comfort zone with songs by Cole Porter, Jimmy Dorsey, and Leonard Bernstein, but taps into even richer emotions with Ivan Lins' "Acaso" and the bubbling samba "A Primeira Vez." Another triumphant set, no matter what side of 30 or motherhood Monheit is on.
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Critically-acclaimed Grammy-nominated vocalist Jane Monheit set to release new CD, The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me, January 20th on Concord Records.
New release produced by jazz veterans Matt Pierson and Joe McEwen features songs by Fiona Apple, Corrine Bailey Rae, Ivan Lins and Paul Simon, as well as classics from the Great American Songbook
Los Angeles, California. The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me Jane Monheit's eagerly anticipated new CD, is set for release on Concord Records January 20th, 2009.
An ode to songwriters past and present whom Monheit greatly admires, The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me is a sumptuously sung passionate song cycle of 13 tracks produced by jazz veterans Matt Pierson and Joe McEwen. "The Lovers, The Dreamers And Me" is Monheit's ninth CD and will be accompanied by a world tour starting in New York City on release date.
The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me features the songs of contemporary songwriters such as Fiona Apple ("Slow Like Honey"), Corrine Bailey Rae ("Like A Star") and Paul Simon ("I Do It For Your Love"), alongside such jazz and pop classics as Cole Porter's "Get Out Of Town," Jimmy Dorsey's "I'm Glad There Is You," Leonard Bernstein's "Lucky To Be Me," William C. Barnes' "Something Cool" and the Brazilian gem, "No Tomorrow," by Ivan Lins.
"I wanted to do something different with this record," says Monheit, "and so I chose songs that meant a lot to me in many different ways and from a wide range of songwriters and genres - from female artists my age to celebrated legends."
Accompanying Monheit on The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me are long-time Monheit band-members Michael Kanan (piano and Fender Rhodes), Rick Montalbano on drums, and Neal Miner on bass, who were joined on the CD by musicians Peter Bernstein (guitar), Stefon Harris (vibes), Seamus Blake (saxophone), Frank Vignola (guitar), Gil Goldstein (piano, accordion), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Antonio Sanchez (drums), Scott Colley (bass) and Bashiri Johnson on percussion. Jane Monheit released her debut album, Never Never Land, in 2000 which remained on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year and was voted Best Debut Recording by the members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Her second release, Come Dream With Me, came just a year later and landed atop the Billboard Jazz charts and also earned a
Grammy nomination for Vince Mendoza for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals" (as did 2003's "In The Sun" for Mendoza's Arrangement of "Since You've Asked"). Monheit's 2007 critically-lauded CD, "Surrender," debuted at number one on the Billboard Jazz chart as well, and she continues to tour and perform in front of sold-out audiences worldwide. Said Time Magazine of Monheit, "Jane Monheit can't miss. She has, in a word, everything."