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This set of sensitive ballads features singer Madeline Eastman, who is accompanied by just pianist Tom Garvin. It immediately reminds one of Irene Kral's collaborations with Alan Broadbent in the 1970s and sometimes comes close to being as coolly emotional. Eastman is probably best-known for her wit, scatting ability, and swinging style, so this project is a departure for her. All of the songs are taken pretty slow and the emphasis is on her interpretations of the lyrics. Overall, Eastman succeeds in setting a dark and desolate but often hopeful mood, recording a date worth several listens, particularly when one is in an introspective mood.

Biography

Born: 27 June 1954 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In her career as a jazz singer, Madeline Eastman has remained close to home while establishing a worldwide presence without recording for a major label, instead releasing a series of independently produced, critically acclaimed recordings. Born June 27, 1954, in San Francisco, CA, she grew up listening to pop tunes on the radio, including those sung by Barbra Streisand, Jack Jones, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme, among others. In her senior year of high school, she viewed the film Lady Sings the Blues...
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