Come Dream with Me [DualDisc]

Come Dream with Me [DualDisc]

by Jane Monheit


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Jane Monheit's sophomore outing follows in the same accessible mold as her debut, Never Never Land. The young, fairly green vocalist is joined again by all-star musicians, including renowned pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Greg Hutchinson, with Michael Brecker and Tom Harrell making a handful of guest appearances each. Closing the album on a surprising note, African phenom Richard Bona joins for an intimate duo rendition of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You," playing acoustic guitar accompaniment and overdubbing fretless bass filigree behind Monheit's vocal. Monheit's exquisite voice is becoming more seasoned and expressive, particularly on sassier numbers like "Hit the Road to Dreamland" and "I'm Through with Love." She also wraps her seductive charm around Jobim's swaying free-association poem "Waters of March" and takes on two of jazz's grand ballads, Billy Strayhorn's "Something to Live For" and Fran Landesman's "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most." The latter, a duet with Kenny Barron, prompts one to compare and contrast Chaka Khan's rendition with Chick Corea on 1982's Echoes of an Era. "Blame It on My Youth," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "Over the Rainbow" are pleasant but less remarkable. (The hidden 12th track, which features Monheit as a child croaking her way a cappella through "Over the Rainbow," is a harmless bit of self-indulgence.) There are a number of textural enhancements that distinguish this album from its predecessor, including subtle overdubbed background vocals, unobtrusive string orchestrations by Bill Fisher, and general arranging input from the superb young pianist David Berkman. With the Joni Mitchell tune and also with "If," a '70s soft rock hit by Bread, Monheit complicates her image as a retro jazz classicist, which earned her some rather severe critical drubbing when she broke onto the scene in 2000. [The album was also issued in a DualDisc format, featuring Surround Sound and bonus multimedia content.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2004
Label: Imports
UPC: 0676628413920
catalogNumber: 8413920


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jane Monheit   Primary Artist
Michael Brecker   Saxophone
Kenny Barron   Piano,Strings
William S. Fischer   Conductor
Tom Harrell   Strings,Trumpet
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Christian McBride   Bass,Electric Bass
Richard Bona   Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Oscar Levant   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Roger Cook   Composer
David Gates   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Sammy Fain   Composer
William S. Fischer   String Arrangements
Carl Griffin   Executive Producer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Gene Paul   Sonic Supervisor
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
May Ann Topper   Concept Development,Management
David Berkman   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Todd Parker   Engineer
Fran Landesman   Composer
Thomas Wolf   Composer
Richard Bona   Arranger
Jane Monheit   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Amy Kwong   Art Direction

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