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Diana Ross: Blue

Read "Blue" reviewed by Samuel Chell

This album is an eye-opener, especially after all the negative press and peer criticism that followed the R&B queen's starring role in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues: her portrayal of America's foremost tragic jazz diva, as well as her impersonation of a music persona of cult-like proportions in the inner, exclusive circles of the “hip" jazz world.

But the evidence on this long-suppressed disc from the same era is compelling. Ross did her homework, absorbing everything about the ...

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Diana Ross: Blue

Read "Blue" reviewed by R. Emmet Sweeney

In late 1971, after Diana Ross completed filming the Billie Holiday bio-pic Lady Sings the Blues, Motown put her in the studio to record an album of jazz standards to coincide with the movie's release. The material was shelved after the producers decided to keep Ross on the pop-star track, which soon produced the #1 hit “Touch Me in the Morning."This summer Motown is releasing that long-lost album, entitled Blue. A welcome attempt to cash in on the ...