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Marlena Shaw: Lookin’ for Love

After some four decades left out of the spotlight, having bounced from Blue Note to Columbia to Verve to Concord and recorded more than a dozen consistently fine albums, Marlena Shaw is still going strong. Perhaps her failure to capture the sizeable audience she’s so long deserved stems from the fact that she’s always sounded just a tad too similar to Dionne Warwick (though there’s a jazz-savvy hint of Sarah Vaughan in Shaw that the pop-oriented Warwick couldn’t hope to replicate). Still, in the tradition of Dinah Washington, she remains one of the all-time best R&B-influenced jazz singers, as evidenced throughout Lookin’ for Love, her second outing for 441 following the sizzling Live in Tokyo from 2002.

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