Annie Ross

Music Is Forever

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Annie Ross's first album in much too long is a look back at some of her best-known songs from the perspective of a still sassy 65-year-old. Accompanied by a top-flight jazz band including Mike Renzi on piano (Tommy Flanagan sits in on two tracks), Joe Beck on guitar, Peter Washington on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, Frank Wess on tenor and flute, and Al Grey on trombone, Ross revisits her famous vocalese lyrics of the '50s, "Twisted," "Jackie," and "Farmer's Market," plus jazz tunes and standards like "It Had to Be You" and "It Never Entered My Mind." Her range has narrowed, and her readings are as much spoken as sung, but her phrasing remains precise, and these recordings are musical acting performances by veteran capable of ringing every nuance from them while continuing to swing.

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