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Marlene VerPlanck: Now!

Four things we’ve come to count on when unwrapping a new Marlene VerPlanck disc: top-flight arrangements from hubby Billy (tripling as arranger and conductor), at least a couple of obscure Johnny Mandel gems among the tracks, further digging among the back halls and basements of songwriters’ archives for additionally surprising delights and polished, astute readings from a multishaded pro who has, over the years, augmented her durable solo career with backup work in support of everybody from Sinatra and Como to Gene Simmons.

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