Various Artists

Masters of Jazz, Vol. 5: Female Vocal Classics

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Seventeen different female jazz singers are heard on 18 numbers (Ella Fitzgerald appears twice) on this worthwhile sampler. Many of the performances were quite popular and there are strong examples of the talents of Lena Horne ("Stormy Weather"), Mildred Bailey ("Rockin' Chair"), Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day ("Let Me Off Uptown"), Ella, Sarah Vaughan ("If You Could See Me Now"), Betty Roche ("Take The 'A' Train" with Duke Ellington), Annie Ross ("Twisted"), Peggy Lee, June Christy, Jeri Southern, Chris Connor, Gloria Lynne, Nancy Wilson, Etta Jones ("Don't Go To Strangers"), Nina Simone and Betty Carter. Worth picking up by listeners new to jazz who do not already own these classics.

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