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Ann Hampton Callaway: Jazz Goes to the Movies (Shanachie)

Listening to Ann Hampton Callaway, who, at 60, sounds richer and more lustrous than ever, it’s hard not to be reminded of Jo Stafford. The same bell-like clarity, natural warmth, impeccable phrasing, and keen interpretive savvy shine through. The intended theme here is songs from the movies, and while only five of the 14 selections … Read More “Ann Hampton Callaway: Jazz Goes to the Movies (Shanachie)”

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Ann Hampton Callaway: From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project

Among vocal jazz’s female holy trinity, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald have been lionized most but Sarah Vaughan has been feted best, via such fine salutes as Carmen McRae’s Sarah: Dedicated to You and Dianne Reeves’ The Calling. What, then, can an artist like Ann Hampton Callaway add? Plenty, it turns out. Like Vaughan, who … Read More “Ann Hampton Callaway: From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project”

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