"Stormy Weather: The Legendary Lena (1941-1958)" (Bluebird). The singer partners with Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw and others in definitive versions of "Stormy Weather," "I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues" and nearly two dozen more.
" Lena Horne at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: Ain't it the Truth" (Rhino). Here's a summation of Horne's movie career, with performances from "Panama Hattie," "Cabin in the Sky," "Thousands Cheer," "Swing Fever" and others.
"Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo" (El Records). The singer duets with guitarist Szabo to haunting effect, especially in music of Burt Bacharach.
"An Evening with Lena Horne" (Blue Note). The live recording, which won a Grammy for best jazz vocal performance, conveys poignant melancholy.
"Lena Horne: We'll Be Together Again" (Blue Note). Few artists sang Billy Strayhorn as knowingly as Horne, who worked closely with him; his spirit hovers over this recording.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun