Even though Ella Fitzgerald insisted that Connee Boswell was her first and perhaps greatest influence, Connee hasn't been given her due. Perhaps because there hasn't been a proper reissue of her solo recordings (as opposed to the well-deserved attention given to the recordings she made with her sisters) listeners don't pay enough attention to her solo work. For me, she is the poet of yearning--consider the first chorus of this recording and of IN A LITTLE SECOND-HAND STORE--and then she moves from deep pathos and loss to a lighter, more jazz-like approach for the second chorus. It's not only great singing; it's wonderful acting and dramatization, making us forget that the song isn't terribly deep on its own. Listen, and listen again:
World music pioneer Adam Rudolph and his groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra join forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive to create the monumental new album, Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records). Ragmala bridges generations, cultures and traditions in a deep-rooted, forward-looking sound born of 21st-century innovation and hybrid voices. Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes, and tradition-blurring flutist...
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