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Russell Davies - 30/05/2010


A cautious welcome, by Russell, to summer via a famous Nat King Cole song prompts an exploration of laziness as a song-topic: We hear a rare Joe Venuti piece, more familiar ones by Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin. Plus, Russell discovers a curiosity: that Will Hudson's Moonglow was based on Duke Ellington's Lazy Rhapsody. There are further diversions: a new release by Joyce Breach and a memory of pianist Dave McKenna with Marty Elkins, before Russell pays a fuller tribute than was previously possible to the late Lena Horne.

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