CD Shining on You [Digipak] (CD 905574),
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Shining on You [Digipak]

  • 1. Upside Out
    2. Shining on You
    3. Summer Calling
    4. Love Is Real
    5. Equilibrium
    6. Wake up Song
    7. No Regrets
    8. Waltz For the Lonely Ones
    9. Some Day
    10. Wonder Why
    11. Things That Happen
    12. Foreverly
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ACT-97012

  • Credits

    SHINING ON YOU is a 12-track release by jazz singer Viktoria Tolstoy featuring "Upside Out," "Shining On You," and "Love Is Real."
    The great-great-grand-daughter of writer Leo Tolstoy, Viktoria Tolstoy had been a jazz singer in Scandinavia for over a decade when she recorded Shining on You. Tolstoy has a beautiful voice and can hold notes for a long period perfectly in-tune. This outing really does not give her much of a chance to sing jazz for the emphasis is on her interpretations of the lyrics. Her longtime musical partner Esbjrn Svensson wrote all of the music but, although some of the themes are memorable, it is the intelligent words and Tolstoy's straightforward interpretations (which often crossover into pop and folk music) that are of greatest interest. Highlights include "Upside Out," "Equilibrium" and "Things That Happen" although each song has its own interesting plot. There are touches of jazz provided by the rhythm section, a few Nils Landgren trombone solos, and a guest spot (on "No Regrets") for Toots Thielemans on harmonica. Shining on You is worth exploring by listeners who do not demand that singers always improvise. ~ Scott Yanow

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