Jane Monheit, at the age of 26, is widely considered to be one of the great young voices of jazz and traditional pop. Her professional career began at age 20 after winning the first runner-up prize at the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute vocal competition. Shortly thereafter she began work on her first album, which came out in 2000. With Surrender - her sixth album and her first for Concord - she truly comes into her own, going beyond the "promising young vocalist" category to emerge at the top of her profession. This album is a superb collection of bossas and ballads, many of which were developed by Jane and her band while on the road. Graced with lush and elegant string arrangements by Jorge Calandrelli and guest appearances by Toots Thielemans, Sergio Mendes (playing piano on his own composition "So Many Stars," which he last recorded with Brasil ’66), and a new composition and duet with Ivan Lins, Surrender promises to be Jane’s crowning achievement to date, and the beginning of a beautiful partnership with Concord.