July 14, 1997 12:00 PM

Various Artists

When she died of cancer in April, 49-year-old Laura Nyro left behind a legacy not only of classic hits (“Eli’s Comin’,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stoney End”) but of a mold-breaking approach to songwriting. Fourteen artists and groups contribute to this homage (recorded before its participants knew Nyro was gravely ill) to a writer who influenced generations of musicians. From Suzanne Vega’s taut “Buy and Sell” and Jill Sobule’s sassy “Stone Soul Picnic” to Rosanne Cash’s simmering “Save the Country” and Sweet Honey in the Rock’s jubilant “And When I Die,” Time and Love works on a variety of levels—all of them solidifying Nyro’s legacy as one of American pop’s more underrated masters. (Astor Place)

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