Picks and Pans Review: An Evening with Lena Horne

UPDATED 05/15/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/15/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

Lena Home

Home's range and sheer vocal power have clearly diminished since her triumphant, one-woman Broadway show in 1981. But if the survivor and legend, 77, sometimes wobbles and shouts rather than sings, such lapses are compensated for with dignity, tenderness and sass—few can growl like Home. She can imbue a lyric with such emotion that listeners may well feel they're eavesdropping on a highly charged, private moment. Two such examples in this concert recorded live at the Supper Club in New York City last fall are the haunting "Something to Live For" and "Yesterday When I Was Young." In the smoky "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me," Home's voice all but bumps and grinds, and in "Just One of Those Things," she sounds quite ready for just another one of those things. (Blue Note)

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