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Antonio Carlos Jobim: Live At Minas

Read "Live At Minas" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

When one thinks of an Antonio Carlos Jobim record, what comes to mind are either his '60s recordings with João Gilberto and Frank Sinatra, or discs that feature him with a large backing ensemble. However on Live at Minas (recorded live in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1981 but only made public in 2006), we hear a ...

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Marlene Ver Planck: My Impetuous Heart

Read "My Impetuous Heart" reviewed by Andrew Velez

For those who imagine Oscar Hammerstein's lyrics are strictly designed for nuns chirping about larks learning to pray, check out Marlene Ver Planck's Baccarat chiseling of his “All in Fun, as set to Jerome Kern's music, from this reissued 1999 session. The great lyricist could scarcely have a better interpreter to reveal the depth of feeling ...

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Gal Costa: Live At The Blue Note

Read "Live At The Blue Note" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

For the set list of her first-ever appearance at New York's Blue Note last May, Gal Costa chose to sing material that influenced her growing up. Aware that she had to be as minimalist as possible, she chose a simple backing quartet of guitar, bass, drums and saxophone.

The disc, which was recorded ...

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Marlene VerPlanck: My Impetuous Heart

Read "My Impetuous Heart" reviewed by Jim Santella

A heralded interpreter of the classic American Popular Songbook, Marlene VerPlanck makes each story come alive right before your ears. Arranger Billy VerPlanck, the singer’s husband and musical partner for over forty years, creates scenarios for each song that makes them unique. Changes in tempo and mood that correspond with changes in the lyrics make each ...

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Carol Sloane: Romantic Ellington

Read "Romantic Ellington" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Ellington at the Millennium. A flood of Ellingtonia has been released in this year of the maestro’s centenary. This is the first completely vocal collection I have come upon (Tony Bennett’s Sings Ellington Hot and Cool not withstanding). Carol Sloane of Hendricks, Lambert, and Sloane fame releases her first recording for the DRG label after several ...