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Whitney Marchelle: Dig Dis

Is Whitney Marchelle the Zelig of jazz? She seems a curious enigma-just try to find any personal information about her online-of indeterminate age, and appears to have released only one previous album, 2009’s Me, Marsalis & Monk. Yet she’s performed the world over, played plenty of A-list clubs and worked with a far-flung list of music’s elite, including Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Frank Lacy, Jonathan Batiste, James Brown, Bill Withers and Kiss. She is a formidable singer with praiseworthy scat and vocalese skills, impressive range and an appealingly scorched soul-jazz sound. Across the 14 selections on Dig Dis she ventures far and wide, working with a small army of shifting bandmates, 38 in all, among them Terry, Lacy, Jeremy Pelt and Wycliffe Gordon.

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