Forever Gold

Della Reese

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Forever Gold Review

by Steve Leggett

With enough jazz, gospel, and blues in her approach to find some unexpected new edges in her versions of pop standards, Della Reese radiated both character and versatility as a singer. This budget two-disc collection isn't necessarily the ideal introduction to Reese (it lacks her biggest hit, 1959's "Don't You Know," for instance), but it does have its moments, including a fine version of Irving Berlin's "All Alone," a sassy take on "Pennies From Heaven," and a breezy, ornate, and odd (but definitely interesting) arrangement of Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night."

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