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Barbara Morrison: Live at the Dakota

Barbara Morrison is likely the most accomplished jazz/blues veteran you’ve never heard. In a career than spans three decades, the Michigan-born, L.A.-based powerhouse has delivered seven sublime solo albums, three of which ably capture the unfettered snap, crackle, pop of her live performances while remaining unjustly obscure. This latest of her trio of live discs finds Morrison holding court in the Midwestern jazz oasis that is Minneapolis’ Dakota, flanked by the sort of nonpareil statesmen–pianist Junior Mance, saxophonist Houston Person, bassist Earl May and drummer Jackie Williams–that most singers would give their left lung for.

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