November 8, 2011

Mariah Carey: Closet Jazz Singer? Pop singers go jazzy on us and do a damn good job!

Mariah sings beautiful on this very short duet with Tony Bennett. I also love the sections where she rounds out Tony's tone in the upper register when they sing together. Yes there is the R&B flavoring but so what. Good singing is good singing!

Mariah surprised me as well as a few other pop vocalists on Duets II album. The real standout on the album was Amy Winehouse's Body and Soul though. She was channeling Dinah and Billie on this. Given it was her very last recording, very poignant as well.

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