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Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made to Sing (Smoke Sessions)

Mary Stallings tends to inspire superlatives, and Songs Were Made to Sing is sure to coax another chorus of well-deserved, overdue praise. Released on the verge of her 80th birthday, the album captures an ageless artist at full power, a peak she’s been hitting consistently since Concord relaunched her recording career with a series of excellent … Read More “Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made to Sing (Smoke Sessions)”

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Mary Stallings: Feelin’ Good

Navigating one of the greatest second acts in vocal-jazz history, San Francisco’s Mary Stallings burned bright in the ’60s, then disappeared for over a decade before triumphantly resurfacing in the ’80s. Five years ago she arrived at HighNote, where she’s achieved ripe perfection. There are times, particularly on ballads, when the similarity between Stallings and … Read More “Mary Stallings: Feelin’ Good”

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Mary Stallings: But Beautiful

Though two decades have passed since Mary Stallings’ dynamic emergence from an equally long semi-retirement, she remains an undervalued treasure. Perhaps it’s because her musicianship is so seamless, her vocal agility so seemingly effortless, that the tremendousness of her gift isn’t immediately obvious. As an interpreter of standards she is nonpareil. When she opts for … Read More “Mary Stallings: But Beautiful”

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