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Carol Sloane/Clark Terry: The Songs Ella & Louis Sang

Continuing her set of tribute albums, to Carmen McRae and to Frank Sinatra, seasoned vocalist Carol Sloane has pulled a hat trick with the dean of trumpeters, Clark Terry, in spinning off a dozen duets a la Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. They capture the spirit of Ella and Louis who did duet most of these at similarly leisurely tempos on their Ella & Louis albums, and Carol and Clark easily key on their mellow swing and savor the gracious humor. Only the set framers-“I Won’t Dance” and “Stompin’ At The Savoy”-go uptempo; the other ten are smooth ballads (“Tenderly,” three to places-NY, AL, VT) and medium fun-for-two types (“Gee, Baby Ain’t I Good To You,” “Don’t Be That Way”).

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