What I listen to again and again:

London Sessions by Mel Tormé
Tormé recorded this album after his third divorce, and sang his pain into the songs.
“6 Suites for Cello” by J S Bach played by Pierre Fournier
Fournier honks a few low notes but gives an interpretation both delicate and substantial.
The Sweetest Punch by Bill Frisell
Frisell and band play Bacharach with Elvis Costello and Cassandra Wilson singing: near perfect.
Something Cool by Nola Bogle
The Still of the Night by Tom Wopat
Wopat sings a tender and vulnerable version of “Where is Love?” that sounds of the forlorn boy and of a man. He gives subtle and gentle performances of Jimmy Webb’s beautiful “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress” and “If these Walls Could Speak”. As one of the best interpreters of Webb’s nuanced work, he should sing a full album of Webb’s songs.
Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield
Between the Lines by Janis Ian
Lena & Gabor by Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo (1979)
This remains my favorite of her albums.
Michel Legrand
Burt Bacharach

Baroque, yes; marches, no; waltzes, rarely.


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