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reviewed Steve Tyrell: A New Standard. July 11, 2011
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Steve Tyrell: A New Standard
Such is the observation of the legendary American pianist, composer and music producer Burt Bacharach upon sampling Steve Tyrell's 1999 debut album "A New Standard".   I completely …
reviewed The World of Nat King Cole. October 11, 2010
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The World of Nat King Cole
Over the years I have owned any number of Nat King Cole collections.  Although I never failed to enjoy the music I found each of those vinyl LP's or compact discs to be flawed in some way.  Collectors …
reviewed Four Freshmen: Capitol Collectors Series. September 20, 2010
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Four Freshmen Capitol Collectors Series
"In the world of jazz, The Four Freshmen hold many distinctions.  They were the first successful recording vocal jazz group to play their own instruments; they were the first four-part groupto …
reviewed The Very Best of the Manhattan Transfer. September 05, 2010
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The Very Best of The Manhatten Transfer
They have been around for nearly four decades now.  This group has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working and most versatile acts in show business.  The Manhattan Transfer made …
Chattanooga Choo Choo
His success did not come overnight.  There were major setbacks along the way and at times Glenn Miller wondered if he would ever find "his sound".  But in the spring of 1939 it …
reviewed Crazy Love (Michael Buble album). October 24, 2009
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Michael buble Crazy Love
So what's your pleasure?  Do you enjoy tunes from the Great American Songbook?  How about a  little rhythm & blues?  Perhaps you dig the music of Van Morrison.  …
reviewed Judith Durham and the Hottest Band In.... January 07, 2009
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Judith Durham and the Hottest Band In Town
I have always felt that Judith Durham was among the top female vocalists of the past half century. As you may or may not know, Judith was the lead singer of the Seekers, a popular 1960's folk group from …
reviewed The Mills Brothers: The Anthology (19.... January 05, 2009
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The Mills Brothers
That's right. If I were stranded on an island and had the choice of listening to the recordings of any one artist I would choose the Mills Brothers. According to Jay Warners "Billboard Book of American …
reviewed Nat King Cole: Greatest Hits. January 04, 2009
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Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole is an American icon. Some sixty years later his early recordings with the King Cole Trio are still highly regarded by jazz afficianados around the world. And many of his solo efforts remain …
reviewed The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic.... December 29, 2008
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The Best of Ray Charles The Atlantic Years
Ray Charles was clearly one of the giants of American popular music in the second half of the twentieth century.  There was simply no one else like him.  His tenure at Atlantic records began …
reviewed Ramsey Lewis Trio Time Flies. December 23, 2008
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Ramsey Lewis Trio TIme Flies
In the interest of full disclosure let me begin by stating that I have absolutely no qualifications to review a jazz album.  I do not seem to have an ear for jazz.  I don't understand it …
reviewed The Essential Rosemary Clooney. December 19, 2008
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The Essential Rosemary Clooney
My first encounter with the music of Rosemary Clooney was as a 14 year old teenager in 1966 playing one of my aunts scratchy old LP's. That collection of early 1950's pre rock and roll hits included …
reviewed Chaka Khan ClassiKhan. December 17, 2008
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Chaka Khan Classikhan
When Chaka Khan emerged on the national music scene in the early 1970's as leader of the funk group Rufus I was not particularly impressed.  Funk was never one of my favorite genres anyway so …
reviewed Ruth Etting: Ten Cents A Dance. December 13, 2008
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Ruth Etting Ten Cents A Dance
So just who is this Ruth Etting anyway? Just one of the most famous singers of popular songs in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Ruth arrived in Chicago at the ripe old age of 17 and kicked around …
reviewed Nat King Cole At The Sands. December 11, 2008
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Nat King Cole At The Sands
 I have often remarked that Nat King Cole was incapable of making a bad record.  So when I happened upon "Nat King Cole At The Sands" I thought I'd put my theory to the test.  …
reviewed Billy Stewart One More Time: The Ches.... December 09, 2008
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Billy Stewart One More Time The Chess Years
Like Little Willie John and Jesse Belvin before him, Billy Stewart remains a largely unknown and vastly underrated figure in the history of R&B.  Billy Stewart was discovered by the legendary …
reviewed We All Love Ella: Celebrating The Fir.... December 04, 2008
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We All Love Ella
My memories of the late Ella Fitzgerald are sketchy at best. I certainly do recall her numerous appearances on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1960's and I do own a vinyl collection of her greatest hits. …
reviewed Billy Eckstine Everything I Have Is Y.... December 04, 2008
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Billy Eckstine Everything I Have Is Yours
Billy Eckstine was legendary.  He is one of those performers I wish I could have seen in person.  His distinctive baritone voice made anything he sang extraordinary.  This 2 CD set is one …
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