The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me

The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me

by Jane Monheit


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2009
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072311978
catalogNumber: 31197
Rank: 57349

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jane Monheit   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Gil Goldstein   Piano,Accordion
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Peter Bernstein   Guitar
Seamus Blake   Tenor Saxophone
Scott Colley   Bass,Upright Bass
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Kathleen Nester   Alto Flute,Bass Flute
Antonio Sanchez   Drums
Frank Vignola   Guitar
Charles Pillow   Bass Clarinet
Charles Pollow   Bass Clarinet
Stefon Harris   Vibes
Michael Kanan   Piano
Gen Shinkai   Flute,Alto Flute
Neal Miner   Bass,Upright Bass
Kathryn Lockwood   Viola
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Rick Montalbano   Drums
Gen Shinkai   Flute,Alto Flute
Wendy Stern   Bass Flute

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Ivan Lins   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
David Lasley   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Peter Eldridge   Composer
James Farber   Engineer
Adolph Green   Composer
Romero Lubambo   Arranger
Armando Marçal   Composer
Joe McEwen   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Paul Mertz   Composer
Matt Pierson   Producer,Audio Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Fiona Apple   Composer
Fran Landesman   Composer
Michael Kanan   Arranger
Corinne Bailey Rae   Composer
Abel Ferreira Da Silva   Composer
Thomas J. Wolf   Composer
Julie Ann Lasley   Composer
William C. Barnes   Composer

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The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Hllbnt More than 1 year ago
i beeen listening to Jane Monheit ever sine the rainbow room album like a fine wine her voice and Jazz style of singing has improved with age cant wait till the next album
rob- More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this album by Jane and her bandmates. What I hear from this album is a fantastic group of talented musicians who enjoy playing meaningful music! I think "Lucky to Be Me" is a favorite of mine-it's both moving and poignant. I'ts always a treat to hear Michael and Jane paired up on an album--they both have great musicality together! Support Jazz and buy The Lovers, Dreamers, and Me!

ChuckW More than 1 year ago
This is another fine recording by who, I think, is one of the finest female jazz vocalists around. Her rendition of "Lovers, the Dreaners andMe" makes a Muppet song into a soulful and beautiful arrangement. Jane Monheit puts so much expresson and feeling into her songs. Her voice is crystal clear and enchanting. I can never wait for her next recording to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jane Monheit, but this - in my humble opinion - isn't her best. When I listen to her in the car, I skip through a few of the songs. Try the new Tierney Sutton CD -- this time, Tierney wins.
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