Keely Smith is 70. She sounds half that. On Keely Swings Basie-Style (Concord), her sizzling follow-up to the robust Keely Sings Sinatra, it’s tough to tell this Keely from the one who was the toast of Vegas some four or five decades ago. Sure she’s a tone duskier and there’s some wear and tear around the edges, but so little as to be almost indiscernible. Either the woman’s found the fountain of vocal youth or she’s been practicing a lot more of that old black magic than we figured.
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