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Nancy Osborne: Hot Swing, Cool Jazz

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I'm in a quandary to describe this album of big band jazz vocals from Nancy Osborne as anything more than “pleasant." Through no fault of the singer or the top-flight band of West Coast musicians like Pete Christlieb, Gary Herbig, Charley Loper and Tom Ranier--or the arrangements of Bob Florence, Paul McDonald, Lon Norman, Jonathan Barick or Dave Wolpe--this album cannot be lifted into a higher category.

The best summary I can offer is that the album offers “safe" middlebrow jazz music. Several of the tunes are currently overexposed per the Great American Songbook (eg. “I've Got You ...



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