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After paying tribute to actresses of the '30s, '40s, and '50s on her debut album, Sirens...Songs of the Silver Screen, Quinn Lemley turns her attention to '50s cocktail lounge culture on her second album, Cocktails with a Twist. The term "lounge music" might have a negative connotation to some, but Lemley steers clear of schlock and shows a genuine fondness for the classic pop and jazz of that era. If Lemley's goal was to transport us back to a time when one sipped dry martinis in a cocktail lounge while Julie London, Frank Sinatra, or Jo Stafford played on the jukebox, the singer does so nicely on her appealing versions of "An Occasional Man," "Besame Mucho," and "Love Me or Leave Me." The CD's more humorous moments come on Afro-Cuban-influenced numbers like "C'est Si Bon" and "Quando Bailar," but on the whole, Cocktails with a Twist isn't as humorous or as theatrical as Sirens or Lemley's third album, Dance or Die. That's not to say that it's a somber album, though — even on "You Don't Know What Love Is," Lemley sounds like someone who's enjoying herself. Cocktails with a Twist is easily recommended to fans of jazz-influenced '50s pop.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The person singer/actress Quinn Lemley has found herself compared to more than anyone is the late Rita Hayworth. Not only does Lemley look a lot like the famous 1940s/1950s sex siren -- she has also portrayed her in The Heat Is On, a New York musical that is based on Hayworth's life. But unlike Hayworth -- whose real voice wasn't heard in Gilda, Pal Joey, and other major films -- Lemley is also a talented recording artist. In fact, she has an impressive vocal range and is a playful, lively singer...
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