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Ernestine Anderson: Nightlife

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The most remarkable thing about Nightlife is that it is not noticeably remarkable. Recorded over three sessions at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola that bridged Ernestine Anderson’s 80th birthday, it simply serves as testament that the lady has lost none of her sass, wit or verve.

Nor has her ability to straddle the border of blues and jazz diminished one iota. Sure, she leaves some of the heavy-lifting to her bandmates, but she has judiciously selected players who can effortlessly field whatever is tossed their way. (Saxophonist Houston Person and pianist Lafayette Harris Jr. perform on all three dates, with Chip Jackson and Lonnie Plaxico alternating on bass and Willie Jones III and Jerome Jennings trading off on drums.)

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