Rebecca Jenkins, one of Canada’s most beloved and accomplished actresses, returns to her jazz roots with the release of Blue Skies. Co-produced by Jenkins with Joel Bakan (writer of The Corporation book and film) Jenkins lends her pure and soulful voice, and her original phrasing and interpretations, to some of the most celebrated standards in jazz music including such unforgettable tracks as Moon River, God Bless the Child and the enchanting title track Blue Skies.
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. 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. She has starred in CBC television’s Black Harbour series, alongside Oscar winners Tim Robbins (Bob Roberts) and Kevin Spacey (Darrow), and in, among other things, CBS's And Never Let Her Go, Guilty Hearts, Catch A Falling Star; Disney's Angels in the Infield; ABC's The Ruby Silver and “10.5”; and NBC's Bad Prospects, Till Death Do Us Part, and “Harvest for the Heart.
Rebecca's voice, with its bright, clear tone, is nicely framed and supported by Joel's inconspicuous, Charlie Christian-like guitar and some perfectly understated horn solos. I really like the way Rebecca swung the tunes, loved the bits of scatting and the bossa nova-styled Astrid Gilberto-like arrangements (though Rebecca's voice is far better than Gilberto's). I though the bravest thing Rebecca did was to take on the two Billie Holidays, especially songs so fully identified with her. In My Solitude was the one number that I didn't think fully worked--picking up the tempo, submerging the voice in the instruments at the beginning of the arrangement