When Jane Scheckter decided to gather up the standards, and a more recent track or two, for her fourth CD, she also took the time to stroll by a few of the best in the business and beckon likewise; thus, beside a bouncy base trio (Tedd Firth on piano, Jay Leonhart plying bass, and Peter Grant manning the drums) she juxtaposes Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), Warren Vache (cornet), Harry Allen (tenor sax), and then 26-year old Aaron Weinstein (violin), who slides in liquid Grapelli lines. Finally, Tony Desare drops around to duet on a cut, and Gil Chimes drops a harmonica into Rodgers & Hart's Where or When.
Scheckter maintains an unusual ground level throughout the date, favoring the kind of New York street ambiance Bernstein featured so well in West Side Story. There's also just the hint of brass at the edges of her voice but a good deal more of the fresh-faced Doris Day girl next door, this time with more slink. The gentle swing of How Little We Know is one of her best showcases, a tempo and tone that compliments Scheckter's natural wont, and the wry new lyrics in Will You Still be Mine will cause a few chuckles. Regardless, though, this is definitely lounge-cabaret music without pause, and even the ballads have the gesture of lights lowered on Broadway or just off it.
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