PATTI AUSTIN.

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PATTI AUSTIN avant gershwin (Rendezvous Entertainment)

PATTI AUSTIN SIGNED HER FIRST recording contract with RCA Records at age 5 in 1954. Since then, the nine-time Grammy nominee has seen all there is to see in the music business. Best known through her string of pop and R&B hits on Quincy Jones's Qwest Records from the late 1970s through the 1980s, she was at the same time a well-respected jazz singer and highly regarded for her live performances in general, avant gershwin continues in that tradition, with Austin's always-unique approach making this set of standards as fresh as ever.

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Producer Michael Abene (who has worked with Maynard Ferguson and Mercer Ellington, among others) highlights Austin's impossibly sharp phrasing and intonation on the album. Recorded in 2006 during two audience-attended sessions with WDR Big Band Koln, avant is both relaxed and...

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