Peggy Lee

Mink Jazz

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Although raved about in the liner notes and a strong seller at the time, this outing by Peggy Lee (which was reissued in 1998 on CD, augmented by five additional selections) is a fairly safe set from the singer. Only two of the 17 selections are over three minutes (both just barely). With arrangements by Benny Carter and some very short spots for trumpeter Jack Sheldon, the backup group did not have to work too hard, and Lee mostly just swings the melodies. She sounds fine on such numbers as "Whisper Not," "As Long as I Live," "I Could Write a Book" and "I'll Get By," but the brevity of the tracks (probably designed for radio airplay) keep anything unexpected from occurring.

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