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Various Artists: ‘S Wonderful – Concord Jazz Salutes Ira Gershwin

This hour-plus compilation of 14 Ira Gershwin evergreens previously recorded by Concord’s stable of stars celebrates the rich legacy of the lyricist-brother of composer George. Top tracks are Mel Torme’s “Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away)” fueled by Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Susannah McCorkle’s “Fascinating Rhythm” with clarinetist Ken Peplowski and pianist Dave Frishberg, Ernestine Anderson’s “Love Walked In” with and the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, and the sensuous voice of Brazilian pianist Tania Maria on “Embraceable You.” Rosemary Clooney takes triple honors for “Love Is Here to Stay,” “Long Ago (And Far Away)” and an orchestral-enriched “A Foggy Day (In London Town).” Torme and Cleo Laine duet on “Isn’t It A Pity?” with John Dankworth’s aid.

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