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Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum: Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum

There’s no earthly reason why a virtual unknown can’t make his recording debut at 75. Meet Memphis-born Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum, a St. Louis-bred treasure second only to its Gateway Arch. A tsunami of hyperbole is now flooding the media in hopes of turning him into a national phenomenon. The pianist-singer-tenor saxophonist deserves the belated exposure: His first recording is impressive.

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