Stephen Holden on Too Marvelous for Words

“The singer Ann Hampton Callaway wasn’t always the pop-blues wailer who brought the house to its feet on Friday evening at Carnegie Hall, where the New York Pops orchestra celebrated the centennial of the songwriter Johnny Mercer. Her rendition of “Blues in the Night,” with a lusty full-bodied arrangement by Harold Wheeler, gave this lament by Mercer and Harold Arlen the kind of top-to-bottom vocal coverage that few singers have the technical resources to deliver.”

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