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by Laura Ainsworth

Best-of LP compilation of the satin-voiced retro-jazz singer's first three albums, featuring some of the top jazz musicians in Texas: beautifully recorded, gorgeously packaged and remastered for 180-gram virgin vinyl.
Genre: Easy Listening: Lounge
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1. Love for Sale
4:29 album only
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2. An Occasional Man
2:49 album only
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3. Necessary Evil
4:07 album only
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4. Just Give Me a Man
3:19 album only
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5. Hooray for Love
3:18 album only
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6. That's How I Got My Start
2:37 album only
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7. Out of This World
5:22 album only
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8. That's the Kind of Guy I Dream Of
2:52 album only
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9. Wasting My Love on You
4:52 album only
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10. Skylark
2:16 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Magically Transporting To An Era Far Gone…” -- Dallas Voice

In this age of YouTube and albums made on laptops, there are more singers than ever, but few genuinely distinctive and exciting new vocal talents. Laura Ainsworth is such a find.

With her satiny, sultry and (as one reviewer raved) "impossibly old-fashioned" three-octave voice, her bewitching beauty, her flirtatious wit and her coterie of great Texas jazz musicians led by incomparable pianist/producer Brian Piper, Laura has created three CDs thus far at Dallas’ premiere studio, Crystal Clear Sound. Keep It To Yourself, Necessary Evil and the upcoming New Vintage all blend classic mid-century lounge jazz with her own unique, era-hopping twists, and have earned hosannas from critics, DJs and Grammy-winning musicians worldwide. Reviewers have compared her to such midcentury icons as Rosemary Clooney and Dinah Shore and exhausted their thesauruses for superlatives: “sublime,” “brilliant,” “a jewel of a voice,” “a magnificent interpreter of song,” “weaves past and present with stunning power,” and Laura’s favorite, from Mark S. Tucker of AcousticMusic.com: “As sweet-voiced as a hummingbird crossed with a meadowlark.”

Now, with this audiophile vinyl compilation from her three albums, Laura Ainsworth is finally on the medium she was born for, that of the classic Verve and Capitol LPs; of Frank and Ella, Julie London and Mel Torme, Tony Bennett and Keely Smith. This is the music she was born to sing, having grown up with it thanks to her late dad, renowned big band saxophonist/clarinetist Billy Ainsworth, who accompanied many of those same legends in the elegant showrooms of Dallas and Las Vegas.

Whether breathing fresh life into a well-worn standard, unearthing a forgotten gem or introducing a new tune worthy of standing alongside the classics, she never records a “throwaway track.” Choosing ten best-of-the-best was nearly impossible. But we think you’ll agree these are definitely “top shelf” selections that display her amazing versatility: the playful island exotica of “An Occasional Man”; the big band blast of “Necessary Evil”; the sly sauciness of “Just Give Me A Man”; her enchanting world-jazz reinvention of the ‘40s standard “Out Of This World”; the torrid “Love For Sale” (where the walking bass evokes furtive footsteps down a neon-lit sidewalk after midnight); and ending with her emotionally raw, live-in-a-single-take recording of “Skylark” with jazz guitarist Chris DeRose-Chiffolo. One critic called her rendition “devastatingly beautiful” and “the transcendent moment every singer (of standards) hopes for.”

Warning: once you hear this LP, you will find yourself craving more and more of this remarkable Texas songbird. You’ll discover that everything about Laura Ainsworth is Top Shelf!


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