Lovely and Aliveby Lena Horne (Vinyl Record)

Lena Horne: Lovely and Alive (Vinyl LP)

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Lena's musical home was in the American Songbook, which she approached with a natural and entertaining manner. A good example of this is the first number here - the Cole Porter classic I Concentrate On You, which swings along to the perfectly recorded big-band sound of the Marty Paich Orchestra. A surprise element is the extensive palette of vocal sound-coloring with which the diva enhances her voice to achieve the drama of a Shirley Bassey or the dusky depths of a Dinah Washington. Each and every number on this Grammy-worthy album has been thought out in great detail and guarantees sophisticated entertainment, and a hint of West Coast Jazz is perceptible when Jack Sheldon treats us to the sound of his warm and dark trumpet solos. I Concentrate on You, I Get the Blues When It Rains, I've Grown Accustomed to His Face, I Got Rhythm, I'm Confessin' (That I Love You), I Want to Be Happy, I Surrender Dear, I Found a New Baby, I Understand, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me), I Only Have Eyes for You