Jane Monheit, vocals
Michael Kanan, piano
Neal Miner, bass
Rick Montalbano, drums
Miles Okazaki, guitar
An extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs have made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds, Jane Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her debut album, Never Never Land (2000), remained on the Billboard Jazz chart for over a year and was voted Best Debut Recording by the members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Her second release, Come Dream with Me (2001), came just a year later and landed atop the Billboard Jazz charts, while In the Sun, her 2002 release, earned a Grammy nomination for Vince Mendoza in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category.
Monheit's releases in the middle of the last decade included Live at the Rainbow Room (2003), Taking a Chance on Love (2004), and The Season (2005). Her 2007 CD, Surrender, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. "The pristine clarity of her voice is a remarkable asset," exclaimed The New York Times in its commentary on Surrender and Monheit's 2009 effort The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me.
In 2010, Monheit celebrated the tenth anniversary of her remarkable recording career with her most mature, heartfelt album yet: Home, a collection of standards that represents a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician. Her latest album, the disc features the band she has worked with onstage and off for most of her career, as well as special guests like John Pizzarelli, Mark O'Connor, and Larry Goldings. Home is her first project for Emarcy/Universal, is the first album she's made in its entirety since becoming a mother (her son was born halfway through the recording of her previous album), and also marks her debut as sole producer of a recording.
On the whole, Home is arguably the loveliest and lightest album of Monheit's 10-CD discography. The disc sees her up the ante in her career by digging deep into what brought her to this music in the first place: great songs and her passion for interpreting them. This return to the heart of who she is, and the fearless honestly with which she imparts her musical truth, lend great maturity and sincerity to her music and solidify her reputation as one of the greatest jazz chanteuses of our time.
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