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Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent @ Tbilisi Event Hall / 20 April 2013 / 21:00

Stacey Kent sings from the soul. She tells us her stories with faultless phrasing and a lucid, enchanting voice. On the stage of La Cigale, last May in Paris, Stacey shared intimate and intensely emotional moments with a knowing and captivated audience, who had flown in from all around the world to take part in the recording of her first live album. Today, it is our great pleasure to be able to present this radiant, generous and sincere artist on the resulting album, Dreamer In Concert.

After 8 studio albums, Dreamer In Concert is the first album that captures Stacey’s magical onstage persona. From the stage of La Cigale, she delivers fresh interpretations of some of the most emblematic songs in her repertoire, including the standards of the Great American Songbook, The Best Is Yet To Come, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, It Might As Well Be Spring and others. She also revisits the classic French songs, Ces Petits Riens, Samba Saravah and Jardin d’Hiver

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The repertoire also includes 4 previously unrecorded selections; 2 from Antônio Carlos Jobim, Waters of March and Dreamer, and 2 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. Indeed so sublimely does she sing in Portuguese, that Kent, who is fast becoming a major star in Brazil, is one of just two American artists (the other is James Taylor) invited to perform at the 80th birthday celebration’s of Rio’s world famous landmark, Cristo O Redentor, on October 12th when over a million people will gather on Copacabana Beach.

  1. It Might As Well Be Spring 07.29 (Oscar II Hammerstein / Richard Rodgers)
  2. Ces Petits Riens 04.01 (Serge Gainsbourg)
  3. Postcard Lovers 06.20  (Kazuo Ishiguro / Jim Tomlinson) *
  4. If I Were a Bell 04.07 (Frank Loesser)
  5. Corcovado 05.31 (Gene Lees / Antonio Carlos Jobim)
  6. Waters of March » 03.57 (Antonio Carlos Jobim) *
  7. The Best Is Yet To Come 03.36 (Carolyn Leigh / Cy Coleman)
  8. O Comboio 04.29  (Antonio Ladeira / Jim Tomlinson) *
  9. Dreamer 05.16 * (Gene Lees / Antonio Carlos Jobim) *
  10. Breakfast on the Morning Tram 05.29 (Kazuo Ishiguro / Jim Tomlinson)
  11. They can’t take that away from me » 05.17 (Ira Gershwin / George Gershwin)
  12. Samba Saravah 05.07 (Pierre Barouh  / Vinicius de Moraes – Baden Powell)
  13. Jardin d’Hiver 04.32 (B. Biolay – Keren Ann Zeidel)

* new songs : original compositions or previously unrecorded renditions.

Dreamer In Concert is Kent’s third album for the Blue Note label. Breakfast on the Morning Tram, released in September 2007, sold more than 330,000 copies worldwide. In 2009, it was certified Platinum in France, certified Double Gold in Jazz in Germany and was nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Vocal Jazz Album. In the same year, Stacey Kent was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Her follow up album, Raconte-moi, released in Spring 2010, is certified Gold in France and received critical acclaim worldwide, becoming one of the biggest selling French-language album outside of France that year.

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Recorded by João Paulo Nogueiro at La Cigale, Paris, France on May 30 & 31, 2011
Mixed and mastered by Curtis Schwartz at Curtis Schwartz Studio, England June-August 2011

Arranged and produced by Jim Tomlinson for Token Productions
A&R : Nicolas Pflug
Artwork & photography : Jean-Louis Duralek

Musicians :
Stacey Kent, vocals, Guitar & whistling
Jim Tomlinson, Tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone & percussion
Graham Harvey, piano & Fender Rhodes
Jeremy Brown, double bass
Matt Skelton, drums & percussion
Jim Tomlinson plays Selmer saxophones, Vandoren Mouthpieces & DPA microphones
Matt Skelton plays Bosphorus cymbals

Artist Name Instrument Website
Stacey Kent Vocals www.staceykent.com
Jim Tomlinson Saxophone www.jimtomlinson.net
Graham Harvey Piano www.myspace.com
Josh Morrison Drums No Website
Jeremy Brown Bass www.symbolrecords.co.uk

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