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Nancy Marano: You’re Nearer

The title of You’re Nearer (Munich), Nancy Marano’s impressive answer to 2001’s fine Sure Thing, seems rather ironic. Since the release of Sure Thing, recorded in New York and L.A. for the domestic BluePort label, Marano has earned significant critical praise as well as accolades from the likes of Benny Carter, Matt Dennis, Dave Frishberg, Annie Ross, George Shearing, Johnny Mandel and Dave Brubeck. Yet despite her rising stock, she needed, thanks to the peculiar vagaries of the jazz industry, to sign on with a European label and travel all the way to Holland to record a follow-up disc.

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