Lorraine Feather

Café Society

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While it might not be as ambitious as her previous album, New York City Drag, where Lorraine Feather showed that she had the vocal and artistic chops to handle reinterpreting a number of Fats Waller tunes, Café Society does a nice job of showcasing this longtime vocalist's artistic range. From the hyper-exuberant version of "Jungle Rhythm" (featured in the sequel to the Disney classic The Jungle Book), to her reinterpretation of Duke Ellington instrumentals on "Creole Love Call" and "Rockin' in Rhythm," this album is a well-produced showcase of what Lorraine Feather can do. A number of originals co-written with famed songwriters like David Benoit and Don Grusin help add variety, with songs that range from swing to the softer side of contemporary jazz.

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