STACY KENT / THE CHANGING LIGHT
June 12, 2014
Jazz vocalist, Stacy Kent moved into Birdland for a regrettably short time, two days, to promote a newly released CD and entertain her legion of fans. In front of a packed house, the pixie-haired Kent draws people into her intimate voice stylings.
Despite a limited vocal range, Kent enlarges her repertoire by locating deeply musical, self-contained phrasings. Clear voiced, Kent enunciates her words perfectly (no small feat) and actually sounds best when her voice mingles with the piano.
Kent's tone and excellent Portuguese perfectly suit the music of Jobim, and happily, bossa nova classics are featured on her new CD “The Changing Lights” as well as in her sets at Birdland.
Kent’s musical and personal partner, sax player Jim Tomlinson, is joined on the bandstand by Art Hirahara on piano, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Josh Morris on drums effectively framing Kent’s distinctive voice.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis