Jane Monheit

Over the Rainbow

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"Over the Rainbow" is the "Song of the Century," according to a cover note that cites a poll by the RIAA and the NEA, and it's the leadoff song on Jane Monheit's second album, Come Dream With Me, which is why it was issued on this promotional CD single. Monheit begins a cappella, singing the song's bridge, then segues into the rarely sung introductory verse before finally getting to the familiar refrain. Her performance is understated and conversational, with occasional melodic variations, followed by a burnished trumpet solo by Tom Harrell. It's nervy to do a song so closely associated with Judy Garland, and Monheit seems to be trying to be respectful but, as a result, she never sounds like she's going to get anywhere near the rainbow, much less over it. There are also brief excerpts from two other songs on the album.

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