Between 2004’s The Dana Owens Album and her run as a movie-musical diva, the ”Hey, that rapper lady can sing!” novelty has worn off. We now wonder if Latifah can succeed Diana Krall — or Rod Stewart! — as our leading pop-standards standard-bearer. Two producers split the period difference, with Tommy LiPuma (Krall) handling the Sarah Vaughan era and Ron Fair (Xtina) doing the Phoebe Snow and Pointer Sisters updates. Taste prevails, but personality must be left to the hundred more interesting jazz singers out there.
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