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Mike Janzen Trio / Press

“He opens with... a loose, joyous “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” then reshapes “Chim Chim Che-ree” as a twilit exploration of shadowy delights. ...there’s a smoky huskiness to Janzen’s voice that arrestingly tempers such inherently sunny material. “Consider Yourself” is superbly handled with angular jauntiness, as is “If I Only Had a Brain.” “Maybe” ...(instrumental) is stripped of its syrupiness and handled with enchanting elegance. “NYC,”...is a clever fit....Les Miserables’ “Bring Him Home,” which Janzen strips of its overblown theatricality and transforms into a gentle lullaby. The title track from The Fantasticks ... is masterfully rendered. Janzen takes a breezy stroll through.. “I’ve Never Been In Love Before,” and provides “Somewhere,” precisely the august tenderness it demands. Most stunning though, is the third of the instrumental tracks, a richly imaginative rendition of “Do I Love You (Because You’re Beautiful” that, ..”