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Make no mistake, this is not soft-centred or saccharine jazz, despite being supremely soft and easy on the ear and mellow enough to melt the heart. The past-masters of jazz coupling bring you their home-grown album produced and performed at their own theatre/concert venue. It's quintessential Dankworth-Laine duets, with breezy and self-effacing piano playing from Dankworth to allow the meaningful, vibrating tremors in Laine's voice to resonate around the words. Whether it's performing classics like THE LOOK OF LOVE or breathing life into the classics of a Shakespeare sonnet, the voice is protean and the results powerful.

Cleo Laine & John Dankworth: Collection

Simply irreplaceable!


Born: 28 October 1927 in Southall, Middlesex, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With a multi-octave voice similar to Betty Carter's, incredible scatting ability, and ease of transition from a throaty whisper to high-pitched trills, Cleo Laine was born in 1927 in the Southall section of London, the daughter of a Jamaican father and English mother. Her parents sent her to vocal and dance lessons as a teenager, but she was 25 when she first sang professionally, after a successful audition with the big band led by Johnny Dankworth. Both Laine and the band recorded for Esquire, MGM...
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