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Stacey Kent, Summer Me, Winter Me, Naïve ***1/2

With arrangements on the album by Stacey Kent's husband saxophonist-flautist Jim Tomlinson the anchor the album relies on tracks mine a classic era where jazz became the soundtrack of arthouse films and a certain very classy nostalgia was included …

Published: 14 Nov 2023. Updated: 43 days.

With arrangements on the album by Stacey Kent's husband saxophonist-flautist Jim Tomlinson the anchor the album relies on tracks mine a classic era where jazz became the soundtrack of arthouse films and a certain very classy nostalgia was included for no extra charge. Opening with a breezy version of Michel Legrand and the Bergmans' 'Summer Me, Winter Me' Stacey sings in French on another Legrand classic 'La Valse des Lilas' and again you land on one of the chief plus points on a Stacey Kent record: that stately feeling of a lost era and a tempo that takes all the time in the world. Jacques Brel's 'If You Go Away' is sung in two versions, one in English one in French. Quintessential Stacey Kent then - and while not a classic in her discography (for these go to The Changing Lights or Dreamer In Concert first) this move to a new label still means business as usual for a remarkable singer who has a sound completely her own.

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Gigs to go to this week

Tomorrow's Warriors Frontline Pizza Express Live, Holborn Tonight Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow Jakub Klimiuk Quintet St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall Tomorrow Iain Ballamy, Huw Warren, Yuri Goloubev Flute and Tankard, …

Published: 13 Nov 2023. Updated: 7 months.

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Tomorrow's Warriors Frontline Pizza Express Live, Holborn Tonight

Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow

Jakub Klimiuk Quintet St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall Tomorrow

Iain Ballamy, Huw Warren, Yuri Goloubev Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tomorrow

James Pearson Trio ft. Tim Boniface Girton College, Cambridge Wednesday

Cécile McLorin Salvant QEH, London Wednesday

Rory Ingham Threes Up Organ Trio The Musician, Leicester Wednesday

Georgia Mancio and Alan Broadbent Quartet The Bear, Luton Thursday

Jakub Klimiuk Quintet Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Jyotsna Skrikanth Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thursday

May Inoue Quartet Verdict, Brighton Thursday

Nigel Price Organ Trio The Globe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Thursday

Soft Machine The Bear, Luton Friday

Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers Scott's, Belfast Friday

Down for the Count Orchestra Queen's Hall, Edinburgh Friday

Charles Lloyd Ocean Trio Barbican, London Friday

Nigel Price Organ trio Blue Room, Lincoln Friday

Bill Laurance and Michael League The Tung, Liverpool Friday

Joy Ellis trio 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Musson/Lisle/Moore/Lash Thrive Cafe, Cambridge Friday

Huw Warren Peppers, Fishguard Friday

Emma Rawicz Quartet + Alice Zawadzki Trio Cambridge Junction, Cambridge Saturday

Brian Kellock trio Old Kirk, Kirkaldy Saturday

Jools Holland and his R&B Orchestra Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth Saturday

Xhosa Cole/Mark Sanders Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby Saturday

Bill Laurance and Michael League Turner Sims, Southampton Saturday

The Symphonic Music of Wayne Shorter Royal Festival Hall, London Sunday

Jon Lloyd Quartet American Museum, Claverton, Bath Sunday afternoon

Alfa Mist RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester Sunday

QOW Trio Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Sunday

Xhosa Cole, in the photograph, plays Derby on Saturday