Jane Monheit: Over the Rainbow


Over the Rainbow


Jane Monheit (vocals)


Come Dream With Me (JVC Japan 60744)

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Jane Monheit (vocals), Tom Harrell (trumpet), Kenny Barron (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Greg Hutchinson (drums).

Composed by Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg


Recorded: New York, January, 2001


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Coincidentally, two months after Jane Monheit recorded it, "Over the Rainbow" was voted the 20th century's favorite song in the Recording Industry of America Association's survey of hundreds of music lovers from all walks of life across the U.S. Whether or not the 23-year-old Monheit's cover will become as iconic to our new century as 16-year-old Judy Garland's original was to the last, only time will tell. As the emotional centerpiece of Hollywood's most beloved family film, Judy's track has enjoyed a promotional advantage, not to mention a 62-year head start. But don't sell Jane short. A stirring, uplifting, charismatic performance.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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