Review: Jane Monheit, at Birdland, Alternates Latin Textures With a Moaning Cry

The time is long past since the jazz singer Jane Monheit could be described as a musical prodigy. Endowed with a voice of phenomenal beauty and flexibility, Ms. Monheit was hailed as potentially the next big thing in jazz more than 15 years ago, but with caveats.

The time is long past since the jazz singer Jane Monheit could be described as a musical prodigy. Endowed with a voice of phenomenal beauty and flexibility, Ms. Monheit was hailed as potentially the next big thing in jazz more than 15 years ago, but with caveats. A formidable vocal technician, she often seemed disconnected from her material, content to make a gorgeous sound and execute tricky vocal improvisations that frequently came across as empty displays of virtuosity.

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