Janet Planet

The Consequence of 2

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Jazz vocalist Janet Planet and guitarist Tom Theabo have been working together for more than 20 years. They have finally gotten to produce their first album. That this set is made up principally of standard material is no deterrence whatsoever to investigating this CD. The combination of voice and guitar offers a challenge to the performers to be sufficiently original so as to avoid having the session become monotonous. After listening to the first few cuts, one realizes this will not be a problem. Planet, a singer approaching the edge, puts a new and different spin on this oft-recorded material. "The Waters of March" is generally done in a staccato monotone. But not by Planet as she alters the pace throughout as well as adding dynamics not often found in the performance of this Antonio Carlos Jobim favorite. On the upbeat ditty "Happy Talk," Planet stretches out the ends of some lines and appends some fun scat along the way. There is some modern material on the play list, allowing Planet to engage in creative performing. The cream of this category is "Let Me." Beguilingly coquettish is the manner in which she greets the lyrics of "Tea for Two." Irrespective of what she's singing, Planet treats each song as a special gem to be given a particular vocal burnish. Her style is simple, direct, clear, and exceedingly lyrical. Moreover, she can be distinctive without sounding as if she is taking on affectations. Theabo's single string plucking matches perfectly with Planet's open and unfettered vocalizing. After listening for a while, one gets a sense that both the voice and the guitar are coming from a single instrument so well do the two mesh. Highly recommended.

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