Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Starry Eyes: Collection
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
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A TIMELESS CLASSIC!!
Some singing! | Los Angeles, Calif. | 07/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT NOBODY HAS REVIEWED THIS INCREDIBLE COLLECTION!! Gloria Lynne is one of the all-time greatest smokey-voiced jazz diva's ever and this diverse collection finds her at her technical and passionate best. Bewitched, Blue Gardenia and Soul Serenede have never sounded better! Get this collection fast if you enjoy the art of great singing!"
Terrific CD by one of America's sadly neglected jazz stars.
Mary Whipple | New England | 05/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Between 1958 and 1964, Gloria Lynne made the amazing total of fifteen jazz albums for Everest Records. Today few jazz fans recognize her name.
A singer with a huge voice resembling that of Sarah Vaughan, Lynne has always used her rich alto and amazing range to soar into the stratosphere, capitalizing on her gospel background and her inherent sense of when to leave the constraints of a standard behind and take it into new realms.
Though she had only one big hit, "I Wish You Love," she had a career that lasted several decades in the clubs, and she might have been a household name, like Vaughan, if she'd had a few more hits (and breaks). Here her new interpretations of standards create an album that is both exciting and fun to listen to.
Unlike her CD of I Wish You Love, she has a restrained accompaniment here, not a big band extravaganza, which allows her voice to be showcased without any competition. Some of these songs are recorded live, and the entire CD, whether recorded live or in the studio, has the feel of a club performance. Though many songs (like "Blue Afternoon") begin as quiet ballads, they quickly take off in dramatic directions. "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" rocks, and Lynne wails. "Blue Gardenia," the song of a sad, lonely, rejected woman achieves poignancy with her passionate rendering.
There isn't a loser on the whole recording, and "Some of These Days," "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life," and "Soul Serenade" deserve a listen or two on the music sampler here. I "discovered" Lynne on a CD of female Masters of Jazz, Masters of Jazz, Vol. 5: Female Vocal Classics, in which she is featured with Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, and every other member of the pantheon of great jazz singers, and I have found a number of Lynne's CDs on the Amazon MarketPlace. This CD is far superior to the "I Wish You Love" CD, and I highly recommend it as an intro to a singer who deserves much greater recognition. n Mary Whipple
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