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Marlene VerPlanck: Ballads…Mostly

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Among jazz vocalists, long absences between albums are hardly uncommon, but vocalist Marlene VerPlanck surely holds the record for extended heel cooling. In 1955, a 22-year-old VerPlanck found herself surrounded by such notables as Kenny Clarke, Hank Jones and Herbie Mann when she cut her debut LP. Then … nothing. She toiled as a studio backup vocalist and sang the occasional ad jingle, but didn’t release a follow-up album until 1979. Another decade passed, and a third platter appeared. Since then, VerPlanck has been making up for lost time, filling the last two decades with 19 discs.

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