December 09, 1985 12:00 PM

Rosemary Clooney

There’s something very satisfying about the way Clooney is slowly but surely amassing what amounts to a retrospective collection of the best popular songs of the last 50 or 60 years. This smooth, soothing album includes such lovely bits of whimsical bittersweetness as Thanks for the Memory, Here’s That Rainy Day, Spring Is Here and It Never Entered My Mind. Clooney and producer Carl Jefferson also add a minor Cole Porter tune (if there is such a thing), Why Shouldn’t I? with its typically ingenious lyric: “Till today I studied love discreetly/But now that I’m completely free/I must find some’ kind persona grata/To give me data personally.” While Clooney does a couple of tunes accompanied only by Ed Bickert’s pensive guitar, cornettist Warren Vaché and saxophonist Scott Hamilton also get a substantial amount of solo time and make the most of it. It’s a happy thought that Clooney is unlikely to run out of tunes to record. She shouldn’t have to worry about running out of listeners either. (Concord)

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