Stacey Kent started her musical career covering jazz, bossa nova and songs (including French songs) before venturing into original pieces written with her husband Jim Tomlinson and the novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. The American splits her time between Colorado and London and puts her chic elegance, sophisticated vocals and emotional intelligence into her vast repertoire. Her latest album, Tenderly, sees her go back to her roots with the inseparable Jim Tomlinson (saxophone and flute), Jeremy Brown on double bass and Roberto Menescal on guitar. It’s another chance for the singer to revisit the Great American Songbook that fuelled her teenage years. Her special guest, Brazilian guitarist Roberto Menescal, takes us back to inspirational jazz from the late 50s (namely Cry Me a River by Julie London with Barney Kessel on guitar) up to the heyday of bossa nova which he was part of. Tenderly, the album’s title track, was first recorded by the Brazilian crooner Dick Farney in 1947. The theme epitomises the sense of “boa vizinhança” (good neighbour) that has characterised cultural relations between the US and Brazil and exudes timeless charm from this new album.
Stacey Kent (vcl), Jim Tomlinson (s/f), Jeremy Brown (cb), Graham Harvey (p), Josh Morrison (dms)