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5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy made many brilliant albums - this is the finest of all, 21 Aug 2002
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mink Jazz (Audio CD)
The very title of the album suggests quality, and that's what you get here. Peggy plundered the Great American Songbook as usual (often selecting obscure but high quality songs), adding a couple of her own songs (Where can I go without you? and I didn't find love).
Peggy was, of course, in her element on the slow, seductive songs which were her trademark - just listen to her cover of Days of wine and roses - and which make up most of this album, but what really makes this album sparkle is the variation in pace. For example, on The lady is a tramp, Peggy went uptempo, not by dramatically raising her voice (that wasn't her style), but by singing more quickly than usual. The musicianship throughout the album is masterful, yet always secondary to Peggy's lovely voice.
This is a classy album by a classy singer who is sadly missed, but who has left an outstanding legacy in the form of a whole series of brilliant albums. I believe this is the best of the lot, but not by much - there are many others which are close behind. If you haven't got any of Peggy's music, this is a great place to start - but after hearing this, you will surely be tempted to buy more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best ever?, 6 May 2007
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I'm crazy about "Mink Jazz". It's the kind of album you hope a singer is going to make - great songs, impeccably singing, terrific backing. I'd imagine most people tend to think of Peggy Lee in a string/brass setting, but it's on this record that you really hear her in her element as a musician. Possessed of a low-key, intimate delivery, Peggy worked best (in my opinion at least) with a smallish combo, and that's what we have here, a group of the West Coast's finest aiding and abetting Peggy in her oh-so-cool renditions. Great songs, too: I fell in love with "Whisper Not" (can anyone swing as subtly as Peggy?), "Cloudy Morning" (gorgeous ballad) and really jumping versions of "As Long As I Live" and "I Won't Dance".

Grandiose as it may sound, I think this album encapsulates everything Peggy Lee brought to jazz/pop singing. It's a classic.
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