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Toni Tennille: Tennille Sings Big Band

On her fourth album of jazz standards, Toni Tennille again casts aside the pop pipes that produced “Do That To Me One More Time” with her “Captain” husband. Solidly in sync with the swinging Matt Catingub Band, she excerpts from her symphony concert book to celebrate the lyrical wit and lovely music of Rodgers and Hart, Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Gus Kahn and Sammy Cahn.

The daughter of former Ben Pollack band-singer Frank Tennille confidently displays her jazz heritage and vocal versatility on six hip Sammy Nestico arrangements written for the singer, the best of which are “That Old Black Magic,” “This Can’t Be Love” and “Makin’ Whoopee.” Catingub, another second-generation jazzer (he’s the son of the late Mavis Rivers) leads a powerhouse West Coast band and contributes new versions of the other six tracks, including “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” and “Teach Me Tonight.”

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