“Tight rhythm section, exquisite solo work that enhances my singing, not overpowering it… There is a strong unity of the musicians, the vocals and the arrangements. Dynamic!” quotes Ms. Stuart, thinking back to her studio memories on Don’t Look Back.
Since her debut with Beginning to See the Light, Ms. Stuart has reached another level in her career with this project, as her diversity and innovative studio work mold into a newer and revitalizing sound. The dynamics of the music, the thought process of the selections and distinct arrangements have morphed into a very reliable and “foundation heavy” project.
Ms. Stuart’s vocals, aside from what makes this spin have the feel it does, is the respect and involvement she has for her gifted cast. Ms. Stuart’s ego has no personality for there is none; she is on the same plane with her peers, thus a unique and very successful philosophy.
It is evident with her talents and background in theater that Gershwin’s “Summertime” has a new posture: the exiting vocal pulse of Ms. Stuart. That which drains the veins of mediocrity, bestows on the jazz populace a unique and impulsive arrangement.
Ms. Stuart’s signature smile adorns every performance and comes through from the studio recording. That full throttle smile manifests itself in the intro track “I Just Found out about Love,” which contrasts many emotions, even a splash of scat fever.
This disc has more energy and eclectic sensitivity than Ms. Stuart’s debut, but that stands to reason as she is a “facilitator of feel.” She listens and becomes aware of the growth of her sound and the reaction of the audience. This disc showcases numerous moods of her talent, which was not as palpable in her first spin. Welcome Jane Stuart and treat yourself to her space, where jazz is not just an occurrence, but a way of inducing value of effort into the genre.