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Annie Ross: Let Me Sing

Even with scratches, dents and a whole lot of miles on the odometer, a Rolls Royce is still a Rolls Royce. At age 75, Annie Ross no longer hugs the vocal curves like she incomparably did back in the days of Lambert and Hendricks, nor is the ride anywhere near as wild or, um, twisted. The valves are a bit sticky and the high beams have dimmed; but wrap her in velvet arrangements, lovingly accented by Warren Vache’s soft-burnished horn work and Bucky Pizzarelli’s tender guitar, and she still purrs like a vintage Corniche as she traverses this multihued slate of 16 standards.

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