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Blue Skies

by Rebecca Jenkins

Award-winning actress and singer Rebecca Jenkins (Bye Bye Blues, Bob Roberts), provides fresh interpretations of jazz standards.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. They Can't Take That Away From Me
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2. Moon River
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3. Like Someone in Love
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4. Quiet Nights
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5. Blue Skies
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6. In My Solitude
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7. Cheek to Cheek
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8. Once I Loved
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9. God Bless the Child
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10. Night and Day
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11. All of Me
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12. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rebecca Jenkins, one of Canada’s most beloved and accomplished actresses, returns to her jazz roots with the release of a new CD of jazz standards, Blue Skies. With Blue Skies Jenkins brings her pure and soulful voice, and her original phrasing and interpretations, to twelve jazz standards, backed by musicians, Alan Matheson (trumpet), Joel Bakan (guitar), and Liam MacDonald (drums and percussion). Blue Skies was independently co-produced by Jenkins with Bakan (writer of The Corporation book and film).

Jenkins burst onto the Canadian film scene with her best actress Genie Award-winning performance as a 1940s jazz singer in Anne Wheeler's Bye Bye Blues (the soundtrack was released by Warner Bros. as an album). Her soulful and charismatic singing and acting in that film launched a career that has included numerous critically-acclaimed and award-winning roles in Canadian and American film and television. Among other things, she played the lead in the CBC series Black Harbour, starred alongside Oscar winners Tim Robbins (Bob Roberts) and Kevin Spacey (Darrow), and played lead roles in several recent feature films written and/or directed by Daniel MacIvor (Past Perfect, Marion Bridge, Wilby Wonderful, Whole New Thing).

As a singer, Jenkins toured and recorded as back-up vocalist with the Parachute Club and Jane Siberry. Over the years she has performed original and other material, including the jazz repertoire, in front of symphony orchestras, on radio shows (among other things, she co-hosted and performed songs on CBC Radio’s Quiet There’s a Lady On Stage, broadcast from the Glenn Gould theatre), at music festivals, on compilation albums (such as Bruce Cockburn’s Kick at the Darkness), at clubs and concert halls, and for film and television soundtracks.

Her original song Something’s Coming, which she performed on the feature film Wilby Wonderful soundtrack, was nominated for a Genie Award for best original song. She also co-wrote and performed, with Aaron Davis, the title track to The Sunrise, a television adaptation of a Margaret Atwood short story, in which she starred and was nominated for a Gemini Award.

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Donald Personette

Enchanting and well sung selection
This collection was no disappointment to me. I first became aware of Rebecca's great singing style while watching her in Bye Bye Blues. That was a wonderful movie and I have taken advantage of every opportunity to see her movies since. This CD is perfect. She chose the right songs and sang them perfectly. Her voice has a sweetness and purity that enchants the listener.
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Andrew Wreggitt

Sweet melodies envelope the listener.
My family sat down over dinner and listened to this CD and it was like having an old friend in the room. A little Astrid Gilberto, a little Billie Holiday but all Rebecca Jenkins. The simple arrangements and intimacy of Jenkins' voice allows those pure sweet melodies to envelope the listener. We were enthralled by our first listening and KNOW Blue Skies will become a welcome and frequent dinner companion.
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Mason, Naples

excellent CD, great song selection and interpretation,
heard Rebecca live in Naples Fl, so was eager to hear the new CD...was very pleased ...Joel's guitar comping lays down tasty jazz grooves...the combo creates enjoyable dynamic interplay ...Canadians do groove...horn affectionadios will love the trumpet and fluegle horn solos...a solid CD ...the expressive vocal scating is icing on the cake...
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