Margaret Whiting

Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book, Vols. 1-2

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Given Margaret Whiting's limitations as a stylist, you certainly wouldn't expect an album of Jerome Kern-penned Broadway standards to rank among her jazziest, most lively LPs, but the great arranger Russ Garcia truly outdoes himself, masterminding a delightfully energetic session that's undeniably appealing. While Garcia and sidemen including altoist Bud Shank contribute much of the album's sense of swing, Whiting proves herself a far more fluid and rhythmic singer than her critics care to admit -- her clarion vocals achieve a nice balance between the theatricality of Kern's music and the pizzazz of Garcia's treatments. A pointed reminder that "wholesome" doesn't necessarily equate with "square."

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:22 Spotify
2 2:55 Spotify
3 3:32 Spotify
4 2:25 Spotify
5 3:19 Spotify
6 2:44 Spotify
7 3:06 Spotify
8 2:34 Spotify
9 3:57 Spotify
10 3:39 Spotify
11 2:56 Spotify
12 3:49 Spotify
13 3:23 Spotify
14 3:57 Spotify
15 2:15 Spotify
16 3:24 Spotify
17 2:52 Spotify
18 4:17 Spotify
19 3:33 Spotify
20 2:05 Spotify
21 3:08 Spotify
22 4:03 Spotify
23 2:25 Spotify
24 3:42 Spotify
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