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Joe Williams: Music for Lovers

Read "Music for Lovers" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Joe Williams' Music for Lovers comes closer to the cocktail sophistication of Nat King Cole or Billy Eckstine than to any blues jump or shout to which Williams gave joyous voice as vocalist with the Count Basie Band.

Perhaps the best part of this material, drawn from Williams' 1959-63 ballad albums for Roulette Records, ...

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Dinah Washington: Music for Lovers

Read "Music for Lovers" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Dinah Washington's biting, blues-smoked phrasing is often cited as the primordial ground from which singers such as Esther Phillips and Nancy Wilson blossomed, and through them, more contemporary vocalists like Chaka Khan and Patti Labelle subsequently bloomed. This new collection of ballads draws from Washington's 1962-63 recording prime, a fertile period when she released several albums ...

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Lee Morgan: Music for Lovers

Read "Music for Lovers" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

Although annotator Donald Elfman deftly deflects the issue in his concise booklet essay, Lee Morgan was shot to death by his lover, certainly adding an irony to this disc's title, not to mention the additional irony that the compilation includes “Since I Fell For You." That might seem a minor marketing gaff, but there are fascinating ...

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Jimmy Smith: Music for Lovers

Read "Music for Lovers" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

This Music for Lovers compilation is probably the most restrained Jimmy Smith collection ever compiled, and it allows a rarely presented side of Smith's work from 1957-1960 to be spotlit. It's also an ideal showcase for Smith as delicately tasteful accompanist.

An apt comparison would be to Oscar Peterson during the '50s. All ...

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Maria Muldaur: Music For Lovers

Read "Music For Lovers" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Maria Muldaur is blessed with a voice that's both supple and sassy. In fact, her singing seems to grow more soulful with each album. Muldaur has tackled a lot of genres during her 57 years--everything from jug band music to bluegrass to rock to jazz to gospel to children's music. Over the last decade or so, ...