Various Artists

Songposts, Vol. 1

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This CD sampler features a wide variety of adventurous singers. Most memorable are two duets by the great Sheila Jordan and bassist Harvie Swartz, Kate Hammett-Vaughan with Garbo's Haton "The Oft Repeated Dream" and Jeanne Lee's unaccompanied "Journey to Edaneres." Also included are performances by Georgia Ambros, Paula Owen, Jeannette Lambert, Irene Aebi (in duet with Steve Lacy's piano), Corry Sobol with bassist Dave Young, Jay Clayton with pianist Kirk Nurock, the Anne LeBaron Ensemble and David Drain. Although not everything works, this release from the Canadian label Word of Mouth gives listeners a taste of many different singers, some of whom are barely known in the U.S.