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Mary Stallings: Live at the Village Vanguard

Mary Stallings is a classic example of how it takes time, musical seasoning and living a full life to mature as a vocalist and to address a lyric properly. While youthful instrumentalists may have something to say, 20-something vocal ingenues need not apply.

Stallings came on the scene in the late ’50s and her supple voice landed her in rarified air: performing with Louis Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie and Earl “Fatha” Hines for starters. After a semiretirement, and now in the midst of the second stage of her career, Stallings brings a lifetime of emotional intelligence that enables her to truly inhabit a lyric.

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