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This compilation pays tribute to Clooney, who celebrated her 70th. birthday on May 23 of this year, and includes some of her best work for the Concord label. Since this fine, jazz-based vocalist, has recorded 24 albums for the label, this 19 song collection represents just a smidgen of her remarkably consistent output. Clooney has always been drawn to the works of America's great pop composers and this CD includes some classic tunes by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and the Gershwin brothers. She is heard in a variety of settings that range all the way from the roar of Woody Herman's big band to the quiet of her duet with outstanding Canadian guitarist, Ed Bickert. The CD does include two brand new selections. Rosemary opens the set with the wistful James Taylor composition Secret of Life and closes the show in company with Linda Ronstadt and k.d. lang on one of Rosie's "signature songs" (Our) Love Is Here To Stay. Through the years her voice has remained virtually unchanged and for those unfamiliar with her artistry, this collection should lead you to a further exploration of her work.
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open