Ten years have passed since Jane Monheit’s debut album. She’s had a decade to learn and grow as an artist, and Home ably demonstrates how far she’s progressed. A low-key but consistently imaginative showcase for the honeyed-whiskey gorgeousness of Monheit’s voice, Home opens with “A Shine on Your Shoes,” its effervescence cleverly counterpointed by John Pizzarelli’s guitar. “There’s a Small Hotel” oozes romantic satisfaction; “This Is Always” is as pure and promise-filled as newlyweds’ altar kiss; and “Look for the Silver Lining” is as bright and shiny as fresh-polished sterling. The bleak arc of “I’ll Be Around” is superbly realized, building gradually against the metronomic heartbeat of Michael Kanan’s piano and then rising to a stormy crescendo before settling back into a chasm of desolation. “Everything I’ve Got” unfolds with just the right amount of spirited sass, and the limitless freedom of “The Eagle and Me” is expertly navigated as Monheit floats and swirls atop Joe Magnarelli’s trumpet.
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