Picks and Pans Review: Smilin' Through
Cleo Laine and Dudley Moore
Yes, it's that Dudley Moore, and it's not all that surprising. He graduated from Oxford with a bachelor of music degree, and his first big gig was as a pianist with John Dankworth's band in 1958. He has often played onstage and on television—as well as in "10." This time he's hanging around with a 10 among jazz singers: Cleo Laine, who sings When I Take My Sugar to Tea, It's Easy to Remember, Alec Wilder's I'll Be Around and husband Dankworth's Play It Again, Sam. Moore noodles on piano in the background and then takes an easygoing solo chorus or two, sounding at times like Oscar Peterson or Erroll Garner. The album includes a pleasant Moore tune, Strictly for the Birds, which has a little of Dudley's singing—it makes Ringo Starr seem like Caruso.
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