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Anne Ducros: Piano, Piano

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How odd is it for a singer who doesn’t play to choose Piano, Piano as an album title? Not odd at all when you consider that the hook here is the teaming of Ducros, that blonde bombshell of a French vocalist who is equal parts Blossom Dearie and Annie Ross plush a dash of Yma Sumac’s exoticism, with four of the jazz world’s most accomplished pianists: Chick Corea, Jacky Terrasson, Enrico Pieranunzi and René Urtreger.

None of Ducros’ esteemed guests are onboard for the album’s opener. Instead, it is her regular quintet-led by pianist Benoît de Mesmay-that joins her for a disappointingly cacophonous treatment of Miles Davis’ “Four” that finds both Ducros and de Mesmay drowning in bassist Sal la Rocca’s overzealous arrangement.

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