Album: Anne Sofie von Otter / Brad Mehldau, Love Songs (Naive)

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Inspired pairing of leading mezzo-soprano and jazz pianist, or chi-chi crossover for the carriage trade?

This double album is a bit of both, yet it's heaven compared to Mehldau's previous outing with Renee Fleming. The second CD (chansons and show-tunes) is the most successful, with the closing "Some Other Time" good enough to stand alongside Bill Evans and Tony Bennett. Von Otter sings with real feeling but, for the jazz fan, there's perhaps little that Kurt Elling or Cassandra Wilson couldn't improve upon.