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Marilyn Harris with the L.A. Jazz All-Stars Big Band: Round Trip

Marilyn Harris impresses not only with her vocalese but also with her vocal ease. She boasts a fluid straightahead voice and eloquently lives up to the billing of die-hard, genuine jazz singer. She can do it all, and in these dozen tracks everything is on display except her keyboard chops. She sings in 5/4 on the title tune and goes a step further, with 7/8, on Hank Levy’s “Way Out Here in the Country.” She offers sardonic lyrics on 10 tracks (four of them writing collaborations with hubby Mark Winkler) and a duet with Bob Dorough on “Cool.” She gives eloquent proof that she’s more than a swinger with three outstanding ballads: Marian McPartland’s beautiful melody “Twilight World” as well as “If He Walked Into My Life” and the poignant original “That Afternoon in Harlem.”

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