18 MAY 07 CHRIS SLAWECKI
Jane Monheit's romantic debut for Concord Records, her seventh album overall, completely consists of ballads and bossa novas. Surrender was produced by Jorge Callandrelli, who has served as arranger, conductor and producer on landmark releases by Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Celine Dion, and it certainly sounds like one of these shimmering, orchestral productions.
Surrender casts Monheit within some of the most beautiful and enduring American and Brazilian pop songs ever written, by some of the greatest composers in each genre. She romantically intertwines with Ivan Lins through his composition "Rio de Maio," and there's no mistaking the sunny, carefree acoustic guitar chords that stream like sunlight through Jobim's "So Tinha De Ser Com Voce." Monheit's graceful samba through "So Many Stars" is further graced by the performance and arrangement of Sergio Mendes, who co-composed it with Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Monheit also glides like Grace Kelly through "Overjoyed," one of Stevie Wonder's most difficult to sing melodies, and sounds as young and beautiful as a goddess in the classic "Moon River." Supple support from Monheit's band anticipates and cushions her every move, fitting her voice like custom-tailored leather gloves.
It's that voice that you keep Surrender-ing to, simply one of the most pure and beautiful voices in music today. Every note that Monheit sings sounds beautiful.