Let Yourself Go: Celebrating Fred Astaire

Let Yourself Go: Celebrating Fred Astaire

by Stacey Kent

CD

Overview

In his imperishable films, Fred Astaire introduced some of the finest songs that such immortal composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Arthur Schwartz could provide, including "A Fine Romance," "By Myself," "They All Laughed," "Let Yourself Go," and "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Like Astaire, vocalist Stacey Kent knows how to make a big impression without breaking a sweat. On her tribute to Hollywood's greatest song-and-dance man, Kent displays an easy way with classic repertoire, the same comfortable swing and intimate approach that endeared her to fans of her earlier albums, Close Your Eyes and The Tender Trap. Kent's slightly nasal tone and low- volume delivery impart an unassuming, yet utterly winning, personality to the entire project, one that her British band is perfectly in tune with. (Special kudos go to Jim Tomlinson, whose Stan Getz-like tenor solos add even more luster to the Astaire anthems). Kent knows how to extract the delicious humor in exquisitely-crafted songs like "Isn't This a Lovely Day," "Let Yourself Go," and "I Won't Dance," as well as the subtle pathos of "I Guess I'll Have to Change my Plan" and "By Myself." Kent seemed to come out of nowhere, but Let Yourself Go confirms that she's here to stay.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2000
Label: Candid Records
UPC: 0708857976423
catalogNumber: 79764
Rank: 13312

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stacey Kent   Primary Artist,Vocals
David Newton   Piano
Simon Thorpe   Bass
Colin Oxley   Guitar
Jim Tomlinson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Alan Bates   Executive Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Curtis Schwartz   Engineer
Stacey Kent   Arranger
Jim Tomlinson   Arranger,Producer
Simon Woolf   Arranger

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Let Yourself Go: Celebrating Fred Astaire 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are some wonderful selections here, like ''They All Laughed,'' and ''I'm Putting All my Eggs in One Basket,'' and Kent's voice is different but has a very cabaret quality. If you want to here a new take on some great old classics, you may be interested.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms Kents voice should be irritating and tiresome, but by the magic of music it is transformed into soft breezes and spring rain. Fred Astaire wasn't a great singer and he made these melodies into standards. Ms Kent adds her own distinctive touch. She boldly takes on Frank's One For My Baby and makes it her own, maybe even improves on perfection. This is a CD for cold winter nights. Start a fire, turn out the lights, grab something strong and steamy to drink and let yourself go. Bring a friend. With Ms Kent in the background blowing sweet and low you might just think of a way to make it till morning. Buy this CD. It's the right thing to do