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BOOK REVIEWS

Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne

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Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne James Gavin Hardcover; 608 pages ISBN: 0743271432 Simon and Schuster 2009...it just keeps rainin' all the time...

If James Gavin's biography of trumpeter Chet Baker, Deep In A Dream (Knopf, 2002), was a study of the slow motion, black hole implosion of a life into addiction and dissolution, then Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne is a survey in the ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

An Evening with Lena Horne

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Lena Horne An Evening with Lena Horne Blue Note 2006

The sentiment that comes embedded in Lena Horne's classy 1994 concert performance at the Supper Club in New York, is enough to carry the show all by itself. Her magnetic personality gives the cabaret performance a full charge of passion that's complemented by her convincing vocal expressions. She's a born communicator.

This performance was broadcast on the A&E television network ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lena Horne: Seasons of a Life

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The recording studio is not always the best place for an artist to showcase their skills. Performers who have achieved their greatest success playing in front of an audience may in fact be unable to duplicate in the sterile confines of the studio that elusive talent that makes them so compelling on stage. Just as the craft of acting for the camera demands a different approach than acting in a theater, so too must a singer adjust when captured on ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lena Horne: Seasons of a Life

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Over seventy for these performances and still swinging, Lena Horne sounds great. She's emotional and somewhat sentimental, but her performances always leave you with the feeling that you've just shared some quality time with an old friend.

Previously unissued, but recorded in 1994-2000 sessions that resulted in Classic Ellington, An Evening With Lena Horne, We'll Be Together Again, the Lulu on the Bridge soundtrack, and Being Myself, this Blue Note compilation carries vintage Lena Horne to its fullest. ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Love Songs: Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne & Nina Simone

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Many jazz purists shy away from collections, opting for the artists' original CDs. But collections have their purpose. My first vocal jazz recording was on Columbia Records: Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah. It led to my lifelong affection for jazz singers. These Love Songs collections present three of the most distinctive American singers of the 20th century: Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne and Nina Simone. And what glorious music they made. It may come as a surprise to many ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lena Horne: Being Myself

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"Come in and join the party," Lena calls, slapping her long fingers on an empty seat.

You best take her invitation, ‘cuz Ms. Horne knows of what she sings. Long-established as a jazz legend, Lena Horne continues her reign as queen of the blue note with her latest Blue Note release. In addition to touching up personal favorites such as "As Long As I Live" (which sparkles as brightly as when Horne performed it live for her classic concert collection ...


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