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Blue Box, Vol. 2: Finest Jazz Vocalists

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Blue Box 2: Finest Jazz Vocalists collects a wide range of jazz singers, from Hadda Brooks to Mose Allison to Sarah Vaughan to Julie London. Contemporary performances like Bobby McFerrin's "Blue Bossa" and "Friends," and Eliane Elias' "Don't Ever Go Away" are as prominent in the collection as classic ones like June Christy's "Something Cool" and Nancy Wilson's "Guess Who I Saw Today." Dean Martin's "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," Bing Crosby's "Now You Has Jazz," and Louis Prima's "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" add a pop element to the album, as do the covers of classic rock songs like Bob Belden's "I've Just Seen a Face," Kurt Elling's "Time of the Season," and Cassandra Wilson's "When the Doves Cry." Chet Baker's "My Funny Valentine" and Julie London's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" are two of the other highlights of this worthwhile celebration of jazz vocalists.

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