Standard Time (Columbia)
The last album (A New Standard) from this jazz vocalist spent 90 weeks on the top of the Billboard charts. Expect the same from this release of 16 jazz standards that include, "Someone To Watch over Me," "Ain’t Misbehavin'," and "It Had To Be You." Put on "Baby, It’s Cold Outside," featuring guest vocalist Jane Monheit, for an extra warm evening.
Always Got Tonight (Reprise Records)
The consummate cool guy from the Bay Area returns with his eighth album of love found, love lost, and love for sale. It’s already been a big year for Isaak with his critically acclaimed TV show on Showtime, the theme from which ("American Boy") is just one of the many gems on this disc. Surrounded by his usual tight band, Isaak and company deliver the goods.
Sinatra Concept Albums (Capitol)
It’s hard to celebrate V-Day without Ol’ Blue Eyes crooning in the background. With these Sinatra discs, the last seven titles to be individually released from a grand total of 16 that were in the Concepts box set, the folks at Capitol have made it easy to pick up some great music to spark that loving feeling.
— James E. Mayfield