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Singers: Renée Fleming

Sophisticated Ladies

"Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renée Fleming and Ruth Cameron: the lineup of singers performing popular standards and vintage obscurities on 'Sophisticated Ladies,' the 25th-anniversary album of Charlie Haden Quartet West, is formidable. The 12-cut CD is the deepest immersion in the quartet’s moody retro film noir style since its 1999 album, 'The Art of the Song,' which featured the guest vocalists Shirley Horn and Bill Henderson.

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"The happiest surprise is Ms. Fleming’s voluptuously besotted rendition of 'A Love Like This,' composed by Victor Young as a theme for the 1943 movie 'For Whom the Bell Tolls,' with lyrics by Ned Washington. Ms. Fleming's rich, gliding voice evokes a woman wallowing in heedless sensual afterglow, her half-choked singing flooded with emotion."--Stephen Holden, New York Times

MP3, "A Love Like This," amazon.com

CD, amazon.com

CD, amazon.co.uk

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