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Deana Martin: Destination Moon

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Among the female progeny of post-WWII pop elite who’ve established musical careers themselves-an impressive list that includes Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Nancy Sinatra-Deana Martin, fourth of Dean’s eight children, remains the least known. An accomplished stage and TV actress with a respectable voice, decent range and solid sense of swing, Martin has filled two previous albums with tunes made famous by her dad and his cronies. Fond of big, brassy arrangements-think classy, if pedestrian, approximations of Nelson Riddle and Billy May charts-Martin certainly isn’t the most adventurous of singers. But she shares her papa’s warmth and pluck.

Venturing slightly further afield on Destination Moon, Martin blends songs made famous by Peggy Lee (“I Love Being Here With You”), Johnny Mercer (“G.I. Jive”), Bobby Darin (“Beyond the Sea”) and Dinah Washington (the title track) with newer and distinctly duller compositions by L. Russell Brown and Joseph Baldassare. Best of the contemporary additions is pianist and vocalist John Proulx’s lilting “Stuck in a Dream With Me.” To close, Martin echoes Natalie Cole’s fondness for bi-generational duets, rather charmingly inserting herself into Dean’s eminently cool version of Cole Porter’s “True Love,” from his finest album, 1960’s Riddle-arranged and conducted This Time I’m Swingin’!

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