Jazz vocalist Janet Planet releases an album of Bob Dylan songs that features thirteen of Mr. Dylan’s compositions from the 1960’s.
Ms. Planet is most influenced by lyrics, and in constant quest to connect the meaning, physicality and musicality of words. Like many other jazz and cabaret singers, Janet Planet has drawn from the “American Songbook” for material, but as an artist she is continually reaching beyond traditional boundaries for inspiration. Janet was drawn to the concept of a “Dylan Songbook” not only for the poetic value of Dylan’s work but also for the musical challenge his melodies posed for a jazz musician.
Planet reflects, “I am a lover of words. Bob’s prose inspired me to sing his “songbook.” As it turns out, I became a legitimate Dylan fan only after I tackled, articulated and assimilated his words... wrestled with, tampered with, and slept with his words.”
The original arrangements are Janet Planet collaborations with long-time musical partners Tom Theabo and Tom Washatka. Tom Theabo is featured on lead guitar throughout the album.
All songs written by Bob Dylan. Produced by Janet Planet, Kyle Knoke & Tom Washatka. Executive producer: Kyle Knoke. Recorded & mixed by Tom Washatka.
Tom Theabo (guitar), John Gibson (bass), Andy Sachen (bass), Danny Lueck (drums & percussion), James Le Fevre (drums), Tom Washatka (saxophone & keyboard)
Praise for Janet Planet
“Planet defies expectation...anything she graces with her vocal chords benefits.” — Cadence Magazine
“The voice of the New Jazz Culture... amazingly powerful, with seemingly limitless expression.” — Jazziz Magazine
“The effervescent and supremely talented Ms. Planet can stylishly sing anything she chooses.” — Isobel Neuberger, Rochester Public Radio
“Many cabaret performers call themselves jazz singers – Janet Planet is the real deal.” — Elizabeth Ahlfors
“When anyone has asked me, as they often do, what singer have I seen lately who really impressed me, I have one answer. And, it rhymes. Janet Planet.” — Rob Lester