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David Klein Quintet: My Marilyn

This collection of songs from Marilyn Monroe’s films is one of the sleeper CD successes in recent memory. Shortly after its release in Europe it sold over 30,000 copies, a huge number for a recording by relatively little known artists. Swiss tenor saxophonist David Klein conceived the project as a tribute to the actress.

The saxophonist’s mother, Miriam Klein, is the singer. Mulgrew Miller heads the rhythm section. Much of the credit for My Marilyn’s popularity goes to sentimentality for Monroe, which seems to grow year by year, but the music stands on its quality, not on the programmatic association.

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