The Anita Kerr Singers

Music Is Her Name

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Music Is Her Name is a compilation of two 1972 albums The Anita Kerr Singers originally recorded for Phillips Records. The 18 tracks account for all but three songs from the album Sentimental Journey and all but one song from the album 'Round Midnight. Kerr's albums are often thematic, as is the case with both Sentimental Journey and 'Round Midnight. She recorded both albums in London around the same time with a similar selection of classic pop and jazz numbers, so the recordings blend together as one on this collection. Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and Irving Berlin provide classic songbook selections such as "Begin the Beguine," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and "How Deep Is the Ocean." Kerr's mixed chorus engages in some wordless vocalizing similar to the Swingle Singers on "String of Pearls," while Kerr sings "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" and "'Round Midnight" mostly solo. Aside from Kerr's vocal showcases, the singers' hermetically-sealed harmonies are in evidence throughout, particularly on a flawless performance of "Blues in the Night." Some of the instrumental arrangements swing with a horn section, but most are conducted as '70s-style soft pop instead of the jazz or traditional pop styles usually associated with this material. The packaging gives no indication as to the origin or vintage of the material, and might have proven more appealing to prospective buyers if it had.

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