The Bebop Shop : In The Tradition: Mainstream & The Bop Revivalists : Stacey Kent
'The Boy Next Door' became Kent's breakthrough and her biggest hit to date when it was released in 2003, establishing her as a household name in France and the UK.Remastered By Bernie Grundman. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
Breakfast on the Morning Tram marks Kents return to the studio after a four-year recording hiatus, and inspired the albums title, referring to the start of something new; a journey in a new direction. It is also the name of one of four new original songs the first originals that Kent has ever recorded written especially for her by Tomlinson and acclaimed author Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of the Booker and Whitbread prizes for such literary works as The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. (Blue Note Records) Price: £13.99
The repertoire also includes four previously unrecorded selections; two from Antônio Carlos Jobim, Waters of March and Dreamer, and two new compositions by her husband, saxophonist and the album's producer, Jim Tomlinson; Postcard Lovers, with lyrics by the novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro (author of Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go) and O Comboio, penned by the Portuguese poet, Antonio Ladeira, which Stacey sings, beautifully, in Portuguese. (staceykent.com) Price: £13.99
Her new album, The Changing Lights is a musical journey through jazz, bossa nova and chanson, including a mixture of Bossa Nova classics from Tom Jobim, Marcos Valle, and also Roberto Menescal, who appears as a featured guest on the album. There are also new songs written especially for Stacey by Jim Tomlinson. The title track, The Changing Lights, is written by Jim Tomlinson and novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, the songwriting team that have been writing for her since her first album for EMI, the Grammy-nominated Breakfast On The Morning Tram. (Warner) Price: £12.99
In the spring of 2020, "I Wish I Could Go Travelling Again" was the song that was most talked about and requested by Stacey Kent's Fans when they reached out on social media. It was clear, even early on during the Covid crisis, that in lockdown, people were relying on music and imagination to transport them and to find a sense of connection with the world beyond their own four walls.
Like many of us, Kent spent the last year online, looking for ways not to lose touch with the world outside. In an effort to stay connected she landed on the idea of a collection of songs that gives expression to our collective desire to roam the world once again through the medium of music.
Accompanied on piano by Art Hirahara, 'Songs From Other Places' includes interpretations of songs by Stevie Nicks (Landslide), Paul Simon (American Tune), Lennon & McCartney (Blackbird), Gershwin, Weil, Jobim as well as two new songs written with Nobel Prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. (Proper Music) Price: £13.99
So, whilst not exactly a requests album, Summer Me, Winter Me is a response to that informal and unscientific sounding, a representative selection of some of these requests. - Stacey Kent (PIAS/Integral) Price: £13.99
180g black vinyl, gatefold sleeve. Price: £28.99