Can it be possible that Ernestine Anderson’s singing career spans four decades and more? Her voice is as strong as ever, just this side of husky, on Isn’t It Romantic, a collection of standard ballads by Rogers/Hart and others. Backed by the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra, Anderson is in her element with this material. Conducted by Jerry van Rooyen, the Dutch orchestra has been collaborating with top international jazz musicians for more than half a century for both radio broadcasts, and at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Here, they provide a lush backdrop for one of the jazz world’s mellowest voices.
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