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Some of the Blackbird's most compelling tracks 'now' resonate in ways that Bettye LaVette and Steve Jordan couldn't possibly have imagined / JazzTimes

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No argument here if you thought Things Have Changed, Bettye LaVette's 2018 tribute to Bob Dylan, deserved its two Grammy nominations, and perhaps even a mantle-size trophy to boot. Still, for all its merits, that album is no match for Blackbirds, the 74-year-old vocalist's remarkable follow-up. Reuniting her with drummer/producer Steve Jordan, Blackbirds provides an unwaveringly soulful excursion into R&B, jazz, and pop waters. What's more, because so many things have indeed changed in 2020, for better or worse, some of the album's most compelling tracks now resonate in ways that LaVette and Jordan couldn't possibly have imagined during their collaboration.

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