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JAZZ

Jacky Terrason and Cassandra Wilson: Rendezvous (Blue Note, CD). While the French-American pianist and the great jazz diva make for a wonderful pair, one is apt to receive this set as a glorious update on Wilson's classic standards album, Blue Skies, from 1988, and give thanks accordingly. Following the triumph of her last two Blue Note albums, Wilson has become the most celebrated jazz voice of the age. Though this may be a quota- quickie recording, it's still marvellously rich and evocative, with Wilson' s deep, sexy voice on "That Old Devil Moon" sounding as affecting as ever. The odd spritely instrumental by Terrason is interleaved with gorgeous standards from Wilson. "Tea for Two", "Little Boy Blue", "If Ever I Should Leave You", "My Ship" and "Tennessee Waltz" are swooningly good, and the late-night feel makes the recording an almost completely satisfying collection.

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