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Maurice Hines: To Nat King Cole With Love

Some jazz singers are so busy swinging, they often forget about lyrics. They should listen to, and learn from, this album. Sure, Maurice Hines has flaws: His range is limited and his sustained notes tend to wobble, but oh, how he phrases and how he groups lyrics together, often singing some words in italics. And he has a jazz singer’s sense of humor. This session is a blast from the get-go.

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