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A little respect for some classic jazz

Allison Crowe's blend of blues, rock, gospel, pop and jazz makes her a nightmare for music-store clerks paid to sort CDs. But her debut, Secrets, earned the singer-songwriter from Nanaimo, B.C., much acclaim. Crowe told Maclean's about her favourite jazz albums.

1. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, by Aretha Franklin. “I'm particularly fond of the title track. And the album has Respect! You can't go wrong.”

2. Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen to You, by Chet Baker. ”I discovered Chet when I was very young, taking bass lessons. He has such a unique voice and a tragic story. Great music if you're sad.”

3. The Jazz Vocal Collection by various artists. “My favourite tracks are Love Me or Leave Me by Nina Simone. I love the classically infused jazz piano solo. And In Love in Vain by Gabrielle Goodman -- just stand-up bass and a voice. Very sparse, very cool.”

John Intini, Maclean's (Canada)

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