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Bob Dorough: Eulalia

There are great jazz singers-Ella, Sarah, Billie, Mel-and then there are deceptively great jazz singers whose rare qualities require a more discerning ear: Fred Astaire, Chet Baker, Mose Allison, Dave Frishberg and, with his hypnotic cat-scratch twang, Bob Dorough. Like his great friend Frishberg, Dorough, now 90, is also a first-tier pianist and songwriter, as well as a gifted arranger. His myriad skills are on glorious display across these nine tracks, recorded in 2011 with a midsize ensemble that includes saxophonist Phil Woods and Dorough’s daughter Aralee, principal flutist with the Houston Symphony.

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