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Maurice: I’ve Never Been In Love Before

Maurice’s voice, new to the jazz scene, is lightly graceful and lazily pleasant. Meandering through 13 love songs, he conveys a whimsical approach with a lilting Bob Dorough meets Dave Frishberg sound. His timbre and expression is well suited to perform the happy-sad plot of a love affair, from “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and “It Had to Be You” to “You’ve Changed” and “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”

The reason Maurice probably chose to use only his first name is that his surname generally brings to mind dancing. His full name is Maurice Hines; his brother is Gregory. Maurice’s varied solo career during the past three decades was as a dancer, actor, choreographer and director, as well as singing in many musicals, including Sophisticated Ladies, Jelly’s Last Jam and Guys and Dolls.

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