Jane Monheit

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by SuperDuck, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Just bought her newest album, "In The Sun", after listening to jazz radio non-stop just to hear her version of "Cheek to Cheek" when I could. What an AMAZING voice. Impeccable. My only gripe is that I was expecting a few more upbeat songs on the album. There are a few real draggers, but it's worth it to hear her voice. I'd really like to get her first CD next. (The one where, to put it crudely, she kinda looks like Ivana Humpalot on the cover. She's really very attractive, but on that first one she looks kind of intimidating. :D)

    After the obligatory Michael Jewels post (;)), does anyone else enjoy her music?
  2. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    When my cable provider used to have the BET on Jazz cable station, Miss Monheit was sometimes shown in performances with her band. Though I like her well enough, Diana Krall and Sade remain my current favorites. Of course, Sade does not sing jazz standards, so some may debate that she can even be fairly considered in this discussion.

    There's another thing, too. I don't care for the peppy uptempo version of "Cheek to Cheek" that Miss Monhien does. I like a smoother, more romantic version...the old Fred Astaire style. Maybe I am a traditionalist.

    But I very much accept that preferences in vocal style and sound are very individualistic. Each to his own, I say. Also it pleases me greatly when someone posts thoughts about jazz vocalists. We often discuss jazz instrumentalists here, but discussions of jazz vocalists are too few and far between.
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I have heard a lot of songs by Diana Krall. She plays the piano supberbly and sings wonderfully, but her voice is a touch too deep for my liking. In terms of talent though, it's hard to surpass her.

    I am not familiar with Sade, though. If she doens't sing standards, does she do original tunes?
  4. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Sorry it took me so long to get back to answer your question about Sade. Yes, she and her band write original music. For an overview of some of her biggest hits, check out the CD "The Best of Sade" released by Sony Muisc.
  5. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Interesting. I will have to check her out. Hopefully, my library carries that CD. :D
  6. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I wish she were coming near me sometime soon. I missed her in October, and she won't be anywhere near Chicago until March, and I don't even know how long it will be after that.

    Then again, I don't even know what constitutes "big venue" and "small club" around here; I'm just getting into the scene, as it were. (Purely as a spectator, mind you.) My teacher is in a trio that's just getting started, but he knows his way around the north side so maybe he can point me someplace.
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I like vocalists who do this, rather than those who just sing their bit and never vary it. So there is a UK-based (originally from Australia) singer called Anita Wardell, who plays the Jazz clubs with a piano trio and she is just like a Tenor or Alto Sax player leading the band and will scat solos that are very sax-like and will improvise with the band.

    I have also attended workshops with Clare Martin who has had a few CDs out and is another UK Jazz singer but comes from my home town. Clare can play the chords - talk about improvising, and at one workshop she even played drums, when no drummer turned up - she kept talking to me about her faults on drums, while we were playing, backing the student vocalists, but I thought she was great!! ;)
  8. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Thanks much for the info, Ed.
  9. I just stumbled upon this thread. I've been listening to "In The Sun" almost everyday for the past week now and she is past good. I have all three of her CDs and SuperDuck, they're all worth getting. I read an interview she gave in Jazz Times magazine and from what the responses she was giving, she seems like a real down to earth woman. She lets the crticism just roll off her back, but she says she doesn't understand why some people are so cruel. (apparently some critics in the past had written her off as the product of slick marketing and of being a fad)

    Mark my words, in the next few years I predict she is going to get bigger than big. You can't hold a voice like this back.

    My favorite track is, "Comecar de Novo." She sings it in its native Portuguese and once you hear it, you can not forget it!

    Man, what a CD. I have to catch her live when she comes to NYC in March.

  10. Ed man, you heard right! I just saw her Friday night at the Cafe Carlyle, not your hottest NYC jazz spot, but, she was unbelievable! She's kind of like Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee all rolled into one! Kind of like, but, you have to hear her live to appreciate the control she has over her voice. She can go from full volume to a whisper and back again and her voice holds its tone; always smooth, always feminine.

    As she entered the room, she actually bumped into me. I'm never going to wash all of me ever again! :D

    And Ed, you know Joe Martin and Joel Frahm? :eek:

    Joel Frahm blows like Stan Getz, and I can not say enough good things about Joe Martin. He was doing things so fluid-like on his bass that it was blowing my mind. I could ramble on for another thousand words, but, I'd just be repeating myself.

    Seriously, whoever's reading this do yourself a favor: buy any of her CDs and go see this *GIFT* the jazz world has received before she gets too big and her tickets are up there in the Streisand range. Believe me, it just might happen.

    I can't wait to see her again.

    The thread you will never escape: :D


    Go see her.


    Her. Her band. WOW!
  11. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I had the the distinct pleasure of seeing this combo
    work the Monhegan Sun Casino in Norwich CT.

    They have a lovely intimate venue, very plush and stylish, that was a perfect showcase for her. The set may have been the more defined set, but I was VERY impressed with her vocal talents, range, execution, control and phrasing. One arrangement I particularly enjoyed was 'Somewhere Over the
    Rainbow' that she particularly nailed, with some risky vocal stretches and interpretation.

    The piano player did have ' a lot going on' maybe a bit too much almost for my taste [ and that is SO subjective ... ] The bass player and sax player were top notch.

    I have seen Diana Krall also, a few times. Her chic is a bit more I'm-hipper-than-you-NY, but she is a good package. Fancy shoes and all ... Her bass player is very good as well, Italian if I recall.
    I think JM is a much more talented vocalist, and I would prefer to see her again. She would be a good draw at a Newport Jazz Festival style venue, though the [ Newport ] Casino can be a bit intimidating.

    If you haven't seen her, you won't be disappointed!

    Well, off to see PROJECT OBJECT with Ike Willis and some Frank Zappa covers with my son, so Peaches and Regalia guys.

    Love from the Ocean State
    the Big O #2
    Goin' for eleven tonight .....