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Make Someone Happy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Toronto's Sophie Milman has that rare ability to appeal to two often deeply separated worlds: those who like their jazz light and those purists who want their jazz heavy and nothing short of it. By having a more-than-capab... more »
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Toronto's Sophie Milman has that rare ability to appeal to two often deeply separated worlds: those who like their jazz light and those purists who want their jazz heavy and nothing short of it. By having a more-than-capable traditional jazz band and challenging herself vocally to bring the swing, she has commanded respect from both camps. Milman's delivery is silky smooth, a gorgeous voice with a low register reminiscent of Fiona Apple and an upper register that brings Ella Fitzgerald's bounce and playfulness to mind. Like many jazz vocal discs, her sophomore release Make Someone Happy contains an abundance of covers, but some rather surprising in style. The often-done "Fever"?s arrangement is nothing like the original, containing more of an unnerving musical undercurrent than the traditional sultry one. Milman--who recorded this disc in her early 20s--covers a number of underdone melodies, from Stevie Wonder's "Rocket Love" to the Guess Who's "Undun" with composer/original band guitarist Randy Bachman offering his sonic inflections to the song. Disc high points include the smokin' jam "It Might As Well Be Spring," the sexy bossa nova of original track "Something in the Air Between Us" and the beautiful cover of "Eli, Eli" by Second World War Holocaust hero and poet Hannah Senesh. It is a brave and haunting number that Milman does great justice to. --Denise Sheppard
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Joe W. from MAITLAND, FL
Reviewed on 5/17/2010...
classic tunes, performed beautifully!
Nice easy listening, jazzy vocal with nice style and deliver
Susanna Hutcheson | Midwest U.S.A. | 10/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We used to call them touch songs. Maybe they still do. In fact some of the songs are the old Marlyn Maye songs, such as "People Will Say We're in Love." But each song is unique, with different styling.
The rhythm is superb. Sophie's voice is mellow and lucious. The instrumental great.
Her voice has a nice range in the lower vocal range. But she reaches some of the higher notes easily too. She is a very versatile singer.
This is a great, easy listening album.
Not as good as her first album.
Andrew Vincent Grimes | Seattle, WA | 07/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Sophie Milman at "Jazz Alley", in Seattle a few months ago and loved her. I had to buy her first album, when I was there. I was that impressed. She played a lot of songs from that album and a few songs from this one (which I enjoyed), but I think, as a whole, this album is slightly less impressive.
I was a little disappointed with her rendition of "Fever". My favorite version is Peggy Lee's, so that's a little tough to match.
This is a fine album, though and I recomend buying it."