Dinah Shore was not a jazz singer, but she does deliver
her songs well and in the manner the composer intended. After the
first few tracks I started to think "Am I ready for 2 hours,
38 minutes of this?" but after three or four tracks, I realised
how pleasant it was to listen to a singer whose diction was so good
that you can hear each word clearly. (X Factor please note:
I can’t make a word out from any of their so-called singers!) Lester
Young said that no-one should try to jazz on a tune that he doesn’t
know the words to, and who am I to argue with Prez! She also sings
in tune throughout, but in a rather unemotional way, probably the
hallmark of a top professional of that era. The arrangements are adequate,
but Nelson Riddle had not set the standard at that time. They are
played very well, no doubt by the top studio musicians of the time.
Dinah had many hits during her long career and was
also a very successful chat-show hostess from the 1950s until 1991.
She passed away in 1994, a victim of ovarian cancer.
The record has an excellent sleeve-note from Peter
Dempsey, which he produced last year.
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