Blue Note's Esquire Jazz Collection: Voice of the Soul collects original recordings from the '40s and '50s by some of the most inspired singers that recorded for the premier jazz label. Among the 12 tracks on this volume are Sarah Vaughan's "'Round Midnight," Joe Williams' "Every Day I Have the Blues," Chet Baker's "But Not for Me," and June Christy's "Something Cool." This consistently satisfying disc also features familiar tunes by the Nat Cole Trio, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstine, Nina Simone,Tony Bennett, and Nancy Wilson.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell