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Mary LaRose: The Blue Guitar

There are precious few jazz licks lurking among the dozen tracks here, yet the album deserves attention because it features an established jazz singer whose previous releases include bop-flavored explorations of Ornette Coleman and Mingus plus the vocalese of Jon Hendricks. This, her fourth album, is a highly personal tribute to her father who worked on the railroad and played a blue Stella guitar. LaRose tries to capture the essence of country music by exploring Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and some minimalistic Shaker music.

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