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Christine Ebersole: Strings Attached

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of vocalists have sung with strings, but you can count the number of voice-and-violin jazz albums on one hand and have several fingers left over. Which makes this warm pairing of actress and singer Christine Ebersole and wunderkind violinist Aaron Weinstein all the more special. The unlikely duo earned raves for their Birdland appearance alongside pianist Tedd Firth and bassist Tom Hubbard in late 2011. Ebersole, 60, often pigeonholed as a cabaret singer but truly a fine jazz interpreter, and 28-year-old Weinstein have since teamed for sporadic club dates, reassembling the original foursome for this 2012 studio session.

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