Stacey Kent

Air Date: 10/3/2021

Here are the top three reasons that I like Stacey Kent:
  1. Her voice
  2. Her voice
  3. Her voice
Did I mention that she has a great voice? ­čśë
So what do I mean here? Does she belt out songs with soaring high notes and overpowering technique? Well, she can probably do that, but that's not what I'm talking about. 
I think it is more about precision and subtlety. When I hear one of her tracks, her sound is immediately recognizable: the voice is smooth and effortless, with just the right amount of low midrange that makes her sound so relaxing. 
Let me amend the above list, now that I think of it. There are a few other things that I do really like about Ms. Kent's releases. For one, I find that the engineering is always noteworthy. Many people don't notice this aspect of a recording, but it is important to me, as one of many factors that make a successful audio release. True, most recordings these days are fairly high quality. However, there are variations and careful listening will reveal superior recordings. Audio engineers are human and must make decisions that impact the final sound.
Another thing I like about her CDs are the arrangements. They are superb. Her previous CD I Know I Dream featured a full orchestra, whereas the latest one features only the talented Art Hirahara on piano. The sound is delicious in both cases.
Her new CD Songs From Other Places continues Ms. Kent's typical format: A mix of languages (mostly French and Portuguese besides English), a relatively eclectic selection of material drawn from the American and world jazz as well as an occasional jazzified pop song. She is heavily influenced by and usually features several Brazilian jazz songs on her releases.

Have a listen to Sunday's show when I play several tracks from the new CD. And we'll continue to explore it over the next few weeks.

Brand New

The Sunday Jazz Brunch has become pretty much a show that is all about new jazz. There is so much of it that I am having fewer and fewer opportunities to go back in time, as I have always done on occasion for various reasons. 
I was going to list some of the brand new releases, but, well, the list is below! 
Don't forget that you can listen to the show from our archives after it airs. Check out the ARCHIVED SHOWS link on this website's main page.
Thanks for listening!

HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Susan Krebs With Mixed Remotions-Daybreak 2021-02 Daybreak
Steve Million\What I Meant to Say 2021\07 Waltz for Mr. Abercrombie
Rodney Whitaker-Outrospection- The Music of Gregg Hill 2021-07 Ballade
Victor Gould-In Our Time 2021-05 Showtime
Lauren Henderson-Musa 2021-05 Wild Is the Wind (Featuring Sullivan Fortner, Eric Wheeler & Joe Dyson)
Gerry Gibbs-Songs From My Father Disk 2 2021-06 Lonely Dreams
Strunz & Farah-Moods and Visions-05 Green Mists 2014
Kristin Callahan\Lost In a Dream 2021\Caravan
Royce Campbell-Cool School 2021-04 A Dream Come True
Denise Donatelli-Whistling In The Dark- The Music Of Burt Bacharach 2021-09 A House Is Not A Home

HOUR TWO: New For You

Lauren Henderson\Musa 2021\I Concentrate On You
Kristin Callahan\Lost In a Dream 2021\Lost In a Dream
Rebecca Kilgore\Trio Volume  2021\The Old Soft Shoe
Zoe Scott\Shades of Love  2021\7 Lives
Gerry Gibbs-Songs From My Father 2021-08 Lonely Days
Stacey Kent-Songs From Other Places 2021-01 I Wish I Could Go Travelling Again
David Finck\BASSic Instinct 2021\Joy
Tanya Dennis\White Sails Blue Skies 2021\White Sails
Orrin Evans-The Magic Of Now 2021-07 Dave
Jacqui Naylor\The Long Game 2021\Love Look What You've Done
Brennen Schedler Quartet-Keep Steppin' Down 2021-02 3AM Breeze
Chris Standring-Wonderful World 2021-06 Green Dolphin Street

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Ray Obiedo\Latin Jazz Project Vol 2 2021\7 Viva Tirado
Stacey Kent-Songs From Other Places 2021-02 Bonita
Eliane Elias\Made in Brazil\01 Brasil (Aquarela Do Brasil) (2015)
Lima-Johannes Tonio Kreusch\Manisero 2021\02 Manha de Carnaval
Antonio Adolfo\Jobim Forever 2021\06 Inutil Paisagem
Zoe Scott\Shades of Love  2021\Wave
Stacey Kent-Songs From Other Places 2021-09 Imagina
Ray Obiedo\Latin Jazz Project Vol 2 2021\Santa Lucia
Kristin Callahan\Lost In a Dream 2021\Kristin Callahan - 04 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Michael Franks-Rendevous in Rio-01 Under the Sun (2006)
Tanya Dennis-White Sails Blue Skies 2021-04 Where You Are
Marisa Monte-Universo ao meu redor-03 Meu Canário 2006

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Brian Simpson\All That Matters 2021\All That Matters
Richard Elliot\Authentic Life 2021\Authentic Life
Mike LeDonne\It's All Your Fault 2021\Rock With You
Vincent Ingala\Fire And Desire 2021\This or That
Chris Standring\Real Life 2020\Another Train
Marion Meadows-Twice As Nice 2021-02 Lunchbox
Charles Langford-Powerless 2021-02 Bliss
Marion Meadows-Twice As Nice 2021-04 Step to This
Larry Carlton\Soul Searchin 2021 - Larry Carlton And Paul Brown - Blue Skies
Charles Langford-Powerless 2021-10 New Day
Marc Antoine-Something About Her 2021-03 Marco Polo


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