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Diane Schuur/Maynard Ferguson: Swingin’ for Schuur

In 1961, lightening struck twice. After crisscrossing the country as “Jazz for Moderns” headliners, Maynard Ferguson and Chris Connor joined forces for the back-to-back albums Two’s Company and Double Exposure. Their fire-and-ice fusion was sublime.

Now, four decades later, Ferguson unites with another vocal diva, Diane Schuur, with solid, but uneven, results. The fault’s not with either artist. Ferguson, now 73, has lost none of the verve and vibrancy that have long been landmarks of his distinguished career. Schuur, like labelmate Rosemary Clooney, is simply too polished and professional to deliver anything less than, well, a polished and professional performance.

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