Sophie Milman - In The Moonlight
Okay, so stating that I'm not a big jazz guy may be just a tad of an understatement. However, I am always up for a challenge and thus I decided to tackle In The Moonlight, the forthcoming album (out September 27th) from Juno Award-winning jazz singer Sophie Milman.
Milman doesn't really do anything radically different from the traditional jazz vocal performances. That's fine. Not everything needs to be a groundbreaking, especially when it's executed as well as Milman does here.
Vocally, Milman commands attention. Her voice is warm and inviting, but leaves no doubt who is in charge. With "Ces Petits Riens" Milman proves that all you really need to do to sound sultry is sing in French.
The arrangements are elegant and glamourous, evoking images of the smokey jazz lounges of yesteryear. Tracks like the shuffling "Moonlight" and "Till There Was You", with it's Spanish guitar, are timeless without sounding dated.
In The Moonlight won't get you up and moving, but it will serve as the perfect soundtrack to a romantic candlelit dinner or a lazy Sunday morning curled up with a fresh coffee and the newspaper.
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