Lorez Alexandria

Sing No Sad Songs for Me

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Lorez Alexandria was a very expressive and powerful singer. She gave the impression that, like Sarah Vaughan, she could sing anything. This obscure album from 1960-1961 is rather brief in playing time and none of the performances are over 3:45 in length. The emphasis is on ballads and standards, with Alexandria putting plenty of feeling into such numbers as "Gloomy Sunday," "Motherless Child," and "A Loser's Lullaby." Some of the material is a little more upbeat, although each selection is taken at a thoughtful pace, with the singer sounding relaxed even on a double-time version of "Lonesome Road." Riley Hampton's arrangements for the unidentified orchestra are tasteful and supportive without ever taking attention away from the singer. Although not essential, this album is worth a search.

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