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Saturday, December 29, 2007

"Duke" Best of 2007

"Carol Sloane, "Dearest Duke" (Arbors): The other outstanding vocal album of the year is Ms. Sloane's latest and most heartfelt collection of Ellingtonia. The nod almost went to Andy Bey's new Birdland set, but the presence of the brilliant clarinetist Ken Peplowski on every track puts Ms. Sloane over the top."

The above comment by Will Friedwald appears in the December 28, 2007 edition of THE NEW YORK SUN titled "Jazz To Remember And To Remind: The Best Jazz Of 2007". While my "Dearest Duke" cd is "the other outstanding vocal album", you may be interested to know that he chose one by a favorite singer of mine, LA's much-admired Sue Raney. Wonderful news that a new recording is available:

"Sue Raney, "A Tribute to Doris Day: Heart's Desire" (Fresh Sound): The first recording in 10 years by Los Angeles's greatest vocal treasure is an homage to another underappreciated singer. Ms. Raney makes even Day's children's songs seem like profound life lessons. Here's hoping we don't have to wait another decade for her next album or to see her live in New York."

To read the complete article, go here

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