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This is a collection of 13 tunes written by the cream of popular songwriters - Irving Berlin, the Gershwin Brothers, and others honoring Fred Astaire''s contributions to the vocal art. Kent delivers this selective play list with one of three musical combinations: solo piano with voice, piano plus rhythm with voice, and a larger aggregation which includes sax and guitar. Irrespective of the instrumental context, all of the tunes are delivered with Stacey''s pleasant nasal twang to help her create the impression that the lyrics she''s singing are part of an intimate one on one conversation with each listener. Kent''s pianist, David Newton, is one of the premiere accompanists in the U.K., having worked with such top flight singers as Tina May. Originally released in 2000.


Grateful singers know that virtually defined the Great American Songbook, beginning in the ''30s with his legendary film collaborations with George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern. Stacey Kent pays tribute to Astaire in Let Yourself Go, the third stellar album for the London-based, New York-bred vocalist whose voice resembles a lighter version of ''s. Kent shines on both gorgeous ballads ("They Can''t Take That Away from Me") and solid swingers ("Shall We Dance"), and adds an easy bossa nova beat to "''S Wonderful." Trading lines with her is Kent''s saxophonist-husband Jim Tomlinson, who fronts the solid band. Flexible with the rhythms yet never straying far from the melodies, Kent also pays perhaps the ultimate compliment to many of these songs by including the oft-neglected verses. Tony Bennett''s 1993 Fred Astaire tribute was his breakthrough to the mainstream music scene. Perhaps Let Yourself Go will be the U.S. breakthrough for Stacey Kent. --David Horiuchi


Further enchantment is on hand from the beguiling vocalist Stacey Kent, whose Let Yourself Go, celebrating Fred Astaire is a winner. Kern rubs shoulders with Gershwin, Berlin, Mercer and Arlen in a cavalcade of favourites, among them Shall We Dance?, S''Wonderful and One for My Baby. The inimitably soft, midnight-blue hue of Kent''s voice hypnotises with its instant intimacy and uncanny timing. She inhabits these songs with the same ease as she possessed In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning on her last outing, The Tender Trap. Though records such as this remind us that Astaire never really mastered the art of singing, the man whom both Balanchine and Nureyev called "the world''s greatest dancer" would doubtless have tipped his topper to these superb renditions.--Mike Bradley -- The Times, London, September 21, 1999

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Track Listings

1 Let Yourself Go (Irving Berlin)
2 They Can''t Take That Away From Me (George/Ira Gerswhin)
3 I Won''t Dance (Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh)
4 Isn''t This A Lovely Day? (Irving Berlin)
5 They All Laughed (George/Ira Gershwin)
6 He Loves And She Loves (George/Ira Gershwin)
7 Shall We Dance? (George/Ira Gershwin)
8 One For My Baby (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer)
9 S''Wonderful (George/Ira Gershwin)
10 A Fine Romance (Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields)
11 I Guess I''ll Have To Change My Plan (Howard Dietz/Arthur Schwartz)
12 I''m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket (Irving Berlin)
13 By Myself (Howard Dietz/Arthur Schwartz)

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