Jane Monheit: In the Still of the Night
In the Still of the Night
Jane Monheit (vocals)
Taking a Chance on Love (Sony 92495)
Jane Monheit (vocals),
and orchestra arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli.
Composed by Cole Porter.
Recorded: New York and Los Angeles, March and May 2004
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Monheit has all the tools for greatness - perfect intonation, great range, nuanced phrasing. And I've never heard a prettier version of this Cole Porter song. But is prettiness the right attitude for Porter's classic song? This "still of the night" landscape is mostly an empty horizon, with little happening on an emotional level. Monheit has the potential to rank among the finest singers of her generation, but the psychological content of her songs doesn't yet match the slickness of her technique.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia