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Datevik: Ballads From The Black Sea

Russian producer-impresario George Avakian, cultural bias blinders squarely covering his eyes, declares this Russian emigre “The finest new voice I’ve heard in a quarter century…” Well George, from a standpoint of ballad singing Datevik is certainly a contender, though there are other measuring sticks for declaring finery. First heard and seen widely on BET’s Jazz Discovery program, it’s nice to see someone from that worthy showcase make the leap to a recording label. And Datevik has certainly made strides, if not leaps, from where she was at that point.

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