Lost in His Arms

Janis Mann

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Lost in His Arms Review

by Dave Nathan

West Coast singer Janis Mann's second album is a live concert performance from May of 1999. Joining her are some of the cream of the very fertile Northwest jazz scene, including veteran tenor and soprano sax player Don Lanphere, whose career has been revitalized since he moved to that part of the country. Trumpet and fl├╝gelhorn jazz virtuoso Jay Thomas is also present. Mann has summoned the same ace rhythm section she had with her first release, with Randy Halberstadt on piano, Doug Miller on bass, and Brian Kirk on drums. Mann displays more of a vibrato on this session than she did on her first, and she uses its very effectively in making her vocal points on such cuts as "I Got Lost in His Arms." But like her first album, Mann's enthusiasm for the material she has selected for her play list is apparent, and is spurred on by the very positive reaction of the crowd to the proceedings. On "Day In, Day Out," using her voice as horn, her first chorus sets the stage for some superb improvisational solos by Thomas and Lanphere. As she returns for the last chorus, Mann directs her vibrato to highlight certain words, especially "out" of the "day," giving her voice a unique timbre. Like her first effort, she sets aside plenty of room for her playing mates, which is probably one reason why instrumentalists like working with her. In addition to Lanphere and Thomas, Halberstadt gets plenty of space on a rough and ready "Get Out of Town" and Doug Miller on "Waiting for You." This album does nothing to detract from Mann's reputation as one of the most authentic and pure jazz voices working today. Recommended.

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