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245: Johnny Mathis, ‘Misty’

The gooiest song ever.
Let’s tryst again, like we did last summer.

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3

217: Amy Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’

Turns out 500,000,000 Amy Winehouse fans were right. Go figure.

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4

216: Billie Holiday, ‘God Bless the Child’

Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin—their pain, their music, and us.

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2

209: The Real Group: ‘Monica Vals’ (‘Waltz for Debby’)

When they say ‘The voice is the only instrument made by God’, they’re thinking of Margareta Bengston of The Real Group singing Bill Evans’ ‘Waltz for Debby’. Four minutes in heaven.

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192: Les Double Six of Paris, “Moanin'”

The hard-bop jazz vocal sextet Les Double Six of Paris–their sources, their contemporaries and their followers; and why vocal jazz groups loved singing Count Basie.

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178: The Claudia Quintet +1 feat. Kurt Elling, ‘Showtime’ (“What is the Beautiful?”)

What is the Beautiful?
(Hint: The best things in life are acquired tastes.)

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173: The Real Group, ‘Nature Boy’

An immaculate union of the pristine and the passionate – The Real Group in a breathtaking take on ‘Nature Boy’. It’s just a little perfect.

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168: Neal Hefti, ‘Girl Talk’

Women are a superior breed to men, but everyone from God to James Thurber knows they sure like to talk. Girl Talk.
I personally wouldn’t have it any other way.

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