Two Jane Monheit DVD-Audio discs have been released by Silverline Records. January 27th saw both ‘Never Never Land’ and ‘Come Dream With Me’ hit retailers shelves, the first in a series of titles resulting from a deal between the 5.1 Entertainment label and N-Coded Music.
From the text supplied by Silverline:
Recorded in 2000, ‘Never Never Land’ charged into the top ten jazz chart with it’s beautiful collection of ten jazz standards, which feature some of today’s best jazz musicians. Accompanying her on ‘Never Never Land’ is an all-star cast of musicians including pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Lewis Nash. ‘Come Dream With Me’ is a spectacular album which debuted at number one on the jazz chart when first released as a Compact Disc in 2001. Jane’s development as a singer connected with her fans on her sophomore album and revealed Monheit’s classical vocal talent.
New York vocalist Jane Monheit began her career at the age of 20 when she became the first runner-up in the 1998 Theolonius Monk Institute vocal competition, winning a $10,000 scholarship to further her musical education. Monheit broke into the jazz world with confidence and poise that belied her fledging career. Vocal warmth, control and expressiveness are the unique characteristics that set critic’s ears alight. Jane’s experimentation with arrangements, styles and influences has proven that she belongs on the short list of top female jazz singers.
Silverline describe each disc as having a 96kHz 24-bit high-resolution surround mix, a 48kHz Dolby Digital multi-channel alternative (for DVD-Video players) and a “high resolution stereo mix”. However, now that we have copies of both discs, the stereo track is nothing more than 192kb/s Dolby Digital, although rather strangely, one player we have here at High Fidelity Review output a 96kHz PCM two-channel downmix when replaying the high-resolution surround content.
After an initial evaluation, I quickly came to the conclusion that the fidelity of the high-resolution content on both discs was outstanding, the presence and realism of Monheit’s vocals are uncanny. The 5.1 mix, created by Gary Lux, is conservative and lacks any meaningful contribution from the centre channel, but undoubtedly suits Monheit’s considered and intimate performances.
Both titles include extensive liner notes (on the disc), credits and artwork to accompany each track.