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Bryson's Knowing Tribute

11 MAR 10 ANNE FARNSWORTH

Jazz singer Jeanie Bryson has a sly, seductive sound, making her a perfect interpreter of the songs of Peggy Lee. Some Cats Know: Songs of Peggy Lee is a loving tribute to one of America's greatest song stylists.

Bryson comes by her solid, swinging musicality naturally. Her mother is songwriter Connie Bryson and her father is Dizzy Gillespie. Her cool sensuality mirrors Lee's famous languor and, like her subject, she avoids vocal grandstanding, letting the lyrics and melody take center stage.

Backed by a powerhouse band that includes Red Holloway, Paquito D'Rivera and Terry Trotter, the set includes songs with lyrics written by Lee, like "I Don't Know Enough About You" and "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'." "Fever" is here, of course, as well as "Why Don't You Do Right," a huge hit for Lee when she was Benny Goodman's girl singer.

Peggy Lee had an amazing career as a singer and songwriter, charting hits from 1941 well into the '70s. She was the embodiment of shimmery lush -- from the deep resonance of her voice to her platinum hair, beauty mark and high cheekbones framed in fur. Bryson's homage brings her work to a new audience and that's a good thing.