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Marlene VerPlanck: My Impetuous Heart

Tempting as it is to suggest that ever-dependable Marlene VerPlanck has done it again, serving up yet another platter of luscious standards and rarities, truth is she did it eight years ago. Produced, arranged and even promoted by hubby Bill VerPlanck, this collection of 18 tracks (with the VerPlancks it’s always about quantity and quality) was originally recorded with the Hank Jones Trio and released in 2000.

Remarkably for a VerPlank album, there’s not a single Johnny Mandel tune. Instead, there’s a double dip into the Marilyn and Alan Bergman songbook, with the gorgeously fragile Peggy Lee anthem “You Must Believe in Spring” and, written with Burton Lane, the dreamy “I Can Hardly Wait.” There are also double nods to Johnny Mercer (a surprisingly breezy “Travelin’ Light” and a delightfully carnivalesque “How Little We Know”), Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (“Call Me Irresponsible” and the infectiously bouncy “Love Won’t Let You Get Away”), and Billy himself, with the sweetly earnest “The Day I Found You” and the soft-swingin’ title track.

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