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The Last Concert

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The Last Concert

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Rosemary Clooney
Producers:
Concord

We gave it an A

Final testaments don’t get much more satisfying than this 2001 Honolulu gig that ended up being the 73-year-old ”girl singer’s” swan song. (It was surreptitious and serendipitous; Clooney, whose last live album was in ’56, was unaware the tape was rolling.) Avoiding ”Come On-a My House” in favor of Hoagy Carmichael’s ”Rocking Chair” and other lively tunes that resonate with experience, Clooney sounds as if her lower range was the one she’d always worked with. You won’t know whether to feel relieved or angry that she left us before getting a chance to diminish.