LaVern Baker

Woke Up This Mornin'

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Credible comeback effort that spotlights Baker's still-seductive pipes on a program of mostly familiar standards -- everything from the straightahead blues "Rock Me Baby" to the Stax-era "Knock on Wood" and "I Can't Turn You Loose" to the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" and Carole King's sappy "You've Got a Friend." Supple backing by a cadre of New York session aces -- guitarist Cornell Dupree, drummer Bernard Purdie, keyboardist Paul Griffin, bassist Chuck Rainey -- adds the proper grooves for each.

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