- Shall We Dance? (Hammerstein/Rodgers) - 3:42
- Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered lyrics (Hart/Rodgers) - 5:05
- My Heart Stood Still Lyrics (Hart/Rodgers) - 2:57
- It Never Entered My Mind (Hart/Rodgers) - 4:39
- I Wish I Were in Love Again (Hart/Rodgers) - 4:06
- Thou Swell(Hart/Rodgers) - 4:52
- It Might as Well Be Spring (Hammerstein/Rodgers) - 4:39
- Nobody's HeartLyrics (Belongs to Me) (Hart/Rodgers) - 3:48
- I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My... (Hammerstein/Rodgers) - 4:35
- This Can't Be Love Lyrics (Hart/Rodgers) - 3:07
- Easy to Remember (Hart/Rodgers) - 4:57
- Manhattan Lyrics - 4:22
- Bali Ha'i (Hammerstein/Rodgers) - 3:00
Label: Candid Records
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Recorded in conjunction with the 2002 Richard Rodgers centennial celebration, In Love Again is another winning album for Stacey Kent. The songs Rodgers wrote with Lorenz Hart always suit themselves naturally to jazz, so Kent covers nine of them here, including the great standards "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered" and "It Never Entered My Mind ." There are also three of Rodgers's songs with Oscar Hammerstein II: the easy-swinging opener "Shall We Dance?," "Bali Ha'i," and "It Might as Well Be Spring," the jazziest Rodgers & Hammerstein song (no matter what John Coltrane says). Kent's crack band returns, with guitarist Colin Oxley's sensitive lines recalling Joe Pass's work with Ella Fitzgerald, and Jim Tomlinson supporting his wife on tenor sax and flute.
The current trend with CD's to print the lyrics of all the songs in the sleeve, is a mystery to me. Stacey Kent has excellent diction, so we don't need them on that score. 'Sing along with Stacey', I don't think so!
Let this not detract from the music however, I heard one of Jim Tomlinson's
records playing in a record store in Coventry the other day and thought
it was Stan Getz! I can think of no higher praise. Dave Newton is without
doubt a world-class pianist and Colin Oxley is a major league Guitar player.
The Bass & Drums of Simon Thorpe and Jasper Kviberg respectively fit
in well with the overall concept. Most vocalists agree that some of the
people they sing with are more empathetic to the vocalist than others.
Stacey Kent is fortunate to work with such a talented group of musician's, but then she did marry one of them, Tenor player Jim Thomlinson.
Lets turn our attention to the 'tunes' for a moment, Richard Rogers was one of the all time great 'tune smiths' and there can be no doubt about that. Every tune on the album is both a classic and well suited to the jazz performance.
That just leaves SK herself, in just a few years she has moved from being
an unknown, to being a well-established and extremely popular singer and
BBC radio presenter, with the BBC Big Band Special programme. There is
really nothing I can add; she has already made it!