The Season

The Season

by Jane Monheit

CD(German Import)

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Jane Monheit followed her 2004 Sony debut, Taking a Chance on Love, with the Christmas album The Season. It's an inevitable release. Monheit's star has risen consistently -- she's one of the darlings (or saviors) of contemporary vocal jazz alongside artists like Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones -- so something as pretty and easily salable as The Season ensures even more name recognition. Which is just fine. Monheit's rich, if mannered delivery is perfect for the classics ("Sleighride," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), and her interpretations of "I Love the Winter Weather/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" (where Ella Fitzgerald's influence is strong) and the Carpenters ("Merry Christmas Darling") mix striking professionalism with a gentle, breathy swagger that's pretty endearing. Monheit worked with her usual quartet for The Season, though the arrangement for "Merry Christmas Darling" is filled out with a string section and the horns on "The Man with the Bag" combine with Monheit's winsome, scatting vocal to really take it out of time. Is this 2005 or a classic Perry Como special? The Season is a nice holdover for Monheit, a chance to have some fun with some standards while keeping her name and wonderful voice top of mind.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828767412023
catalogNumber: 5020366
Rank: 125274

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jane Monheit   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rob Mounsey   Conductor
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Elena Barere   Concert Master
Jean Ingraham   Violin
Birch Johnson   Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Celli
Jan Mullen   Violin
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Avril Brown   Violin
Craig Mumm   Viola
Maxine Roach   Viola
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Dave Mann   Alto Saxophone
Laura McGinnis   Violin
Adrian Benjamin   Viola
Arvil Brown   Violin
Michael Kanan   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Vince Lionti   Viola
Miles Okazaki   Guitar
Katherine Fong   Violin
Rick Montalbano   Drums,Pandeiro
Cecilia Hobbs Gardner   Violin
Orlando Le Fleming   Bass

Technical Credits

Leroy Anderson   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Rob Mounsey   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Richard Carpenter   Composer
Dudley Brooks   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Linda Jenner   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Schmitt   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jule Styne   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Sheri G. Lee   Art Direction
John Blackburn   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Hal Stanley   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
Frank Pooler   Composer
Michael Kanan   Arranger
Jane Monheit   Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Miles Okazaki   Arranger
Rick Montalbano   Arranger
Susan Bank   Management
Peter Rudge   Management
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction

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