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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 October 2012
Five BIG Stars! Like a superb vintage wine, the multiple Grammy-winning super Diva delivers a 2011 winner! In her 50th Anniversary year of musical excellence, the legendary Dionne Warwick emerges in great voice at age 70 to focus exclusively on the music of the genius songwriter and lyricist Sammy Cahn and his musical partners. On this CD, whether backed by a small jazz combo, big band with strings and chorus, or simply a piano, Dionne deftly merges the jazz, pop, blues, and latin music worlds on one disc, as she serves up both familiar and obscure Cahn songs supported by a number of improvised jazz solos and lush musical interludes throughout. The 'best of the best' begins with the heartfelt title song "Only Trust Your Heart" served up as a wonderful bossa nova (that went straight to my crowded iPod). "Wonder Why" swings madly with Dionne in great form buoyed by a very nice piano solo in the middle. The obscure, bouncy "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are" also gets the latin treatment that works very well & its been in my head for days now. Dionne turns "If You Can Dream" into a vocal marvel with a nice piano/strings interlude. "The Second Time Around" is pure Tin Pan Alley joy with those nice Warwick nuances. And perhaps the best of them all is the beautiful, intimate "Pocketful of Miracles", supported only by some sparkling piano work, which is tailor made for late-night listening, allowing her to show off her gorgeous vibrato. While not fully a jazz recording, this CD has enough great songs to prove that she can get "jazzier" anytime she wants and she has always been a superb interpreter of lyrics by everyone from Bacharach/David to Stevie Wonder to the BeeGees and now Sammy Cahn. Encore, Dionne! Highly Recommended. Five ENJOYABLE Stars (This review is based on an iTunes download of 13 Sammy Cahn songs and the JazzTimes website Dionne Warwick "A Walk on the Jazz Side" interview.)
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