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JazzTimes 10: Classic Vocal Jazz Duets

When one plus one equals a sound that's unquantifiable

Luba Mason & Al Jarreau: “Moondance”
From Mason’s Mixtura (Lubica Mason, 2016)
Luba Mason coined the term “mixtura” to define her personal philosophy: that surrounding yourself with exceptional individuals pushes you to greater heights. Her corresponding album is crowded with such artists. Best is her union with Al Jarreau on “Moondance.” The original Van Morrison recording shimmers with sensuality. That heat is considerably amped by Mason and Jarreau, incredible at age 74 in one of his final studio sessions, as they slither through a vibes-driven arrangement that suggests a steamy Caribbean night, heavy with erotic yearning.

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