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Ramsey Lewis: Love Songs

Read "Love Songs" reviewed by Jason Elias

Sometimes it's a good idea to do a Love Songs compilation. This is one of those times. Ramsey Lewis was signed to Columbia from 1973 to 1991. Of course, during those times, jazz went through many changes, and Lewis was certainly ready for them all. Easily moving from acoustic to electric piano to whatever synths were ...

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Marlene Dietrich: Love Songs

Read "Love Songs" reviewed by Jim Santella

Defining cabaret for generations to come, Marlene Dietrich recorded these songs between 1930 and 1959. As an established actress, she brought her charming way with a song to the big screen as modern cinema's first sex symbol. From film, she moved on to cabaret, never losing the unique earthy quality in her voice.

The ...

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Sarah Vaughan: Love Songs

Read "Love Songs" reviewed by Jim Santella

Recorded between January 1949 and January 1953, this compilation of fourteen romantic ballads by one of the word's greatest interpreters moves nice and slow. With the lush sounds of a full orchestra in support, Sarah Vaughan weaves her magic spell delicately and with true passion.

While the album includes several well-known instrumental soloists and ...

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Louis Armstrong: Love Songs

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The first thing to notice about this lovingly-crafted collection is its clarity. So much so, that listeners might be send fumbling for the liner notes to see that these tracks originally appeared not in the digital era, but deep in the analog and pre-analog days. Though some of these sides date back to the Depression, even ...

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Dave Brubeck: Love Songs

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For over 50 years, Dave Brubeck has been sitting quietly behind the keys making some of the biggest sounds in jazz. He’s worked with Davis and Evans and played the music of Porter, Gillespie and even Disney. However, much if not most of his best work was with his trusted quartet, backed by the rhythms of ...

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Miles Davis: Love Songs

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Throughout his long, varied and storied career, Miles Davis was known for many things. As the father/godfather/originator/pioneer of bop, hard bop, fusion and other styles, Miles’s 40+ albums revealed a diverse array of styles and sounds. Through it all, however, Miles maintained his trademark poise and lyricism, often best expressed through his ballads. On this collection, ...

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Bob Stewart: Love Songs

Read "Love Songs" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Bob Stewart is a talented singer, a throwback to such crooners of the '40s and '50s as Dick Haymes, Buddy Clark, the Eberle (Eberly) brothers and their musical cousins. The voice is clear and pleasant, midway between tenor and baritone, the lyric interpretation forthright and unvarnished. The liner notes say Stewart has been compared to Sinatra ...

Louis Armstrong: Love Songs

Read "Love Songs" reviewed by Jim Santella

Louis Armstrong’s career covered many separate chapters and cemented a solid influential framework around just about every jazzman that followed. Columbia’s ballad compilation features several facets of that career and captures “Pops" in his prime. Recorded from 1929-61 (most are from 1930 and 1955 sessions), the program teams Armstrong with Lawrence Brown, J.C. Higginbotham, and later ...