Chip Deffaa
May 06, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

We'll Be Together Again

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Lena Horne
Producers
Blue Note
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

On her first album in five years, the 76-year-old Lena Horne displays the arch self-confidence and sophistication of her early work and also a newfound sense of vulnerability. She’s able to touch us in a way she never could on recordings made during her presumed heyday in the ’40s. She’s also an ideal vocal interpreter for the exquisitely fragile songs of the late Billy Strayhorn, who was a close friend. Her reading of Strayhorn’s ”Something to Live For” is a highlight. On We’ll Be Together Again, the musical accompaniment is sometimes overly lush and sentimental, but Horne is class all the way.

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