Multcolib My Librarian Alison: 10 sublime divas, 10 divine songs

Ultimate Dinah Washington
Ultimate Dinah Washington By Washington, Dinah (Streaming Music - 1997 ) Streaming music Access online »

Annotation:Dinah Washington's deep and reedy voice makes it difficult to choose one favorite song, but the orchestration for Cry Me A River gives it a slight edge.

Annotation:The patter at the beginning of this recording (sadly, with no footage) makes this rendition even better.

The essential Cesaria Evora
The essential Cesaria Evora By Evora, Cesaria (Music CD - 2010 Creoles and pidgins, Portuguese-based (Other) ) CD World Africa EVORA All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Evora , a Cape Verdean, sang in the tradition of Fado, a Portuguese style marked by mournful sentiment. You don't have to speak Portuguese understand the feeling behind the music.

Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall By Adele (DVD - 2011 ) DVD 782.42166 ADELE Available in some locations

Annotation:I chose a live concert here because Adele has such a funny stage presence. Hear "Rolling in the Deep" and then see another version in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, below.

Annotation:Adele is such a charming presence when she isn't singing, but when she opens her mouth to sing - wow. NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts provide an intimate experience with some amazing musicians.

The Silver Collection - Billie Holiday
The Silver Collection - Billie Holiday By Holiday, Billie (Streaming Music - 2012 ) Streaming music Access online »

Annotation:Billie Holiday's emotional range is astonishing. Though I love "Ain't Nobody's Business", one of my favorites is "Gee Baby, Ain't I good to you?"

Annotation:Disturbing, horrifying, intense and haunting all at once.

French Chansons the Very Best Of, Volume 3
French Chansons the Very Best Of, Volume 3 By Piaf, Edith (Streaming Music - 2014 ) Streaming music Access online »

Annotation:I love the contradiction between the delicate looking Piaf and her powerful and dramatic voice.

100 Days, 100 Nights
100 Days, 100 Nights By Jones, Sharon (Music CD - 2007 ) CD Popular JONES All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 1 copy

Annotation:A great voice plus and amazing stage presence, plus a truly stunning band = Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.

Pecados y milagros
Pecados y milagros By Downs, Lila (Music CD - 2011 Spanish ) CD Latin DOWNS Available in some locations

Annotation:Oaxaca native Lila Downs draws upon the many cultural influences of Mexico and indigenous languages in her music. Her voice is versatile and dramatic.

Etta James - the Extended Play Collection, Volume 67
Etta James - the Extended Play Collection, Volume 67 By James, Etta (Streaming Music - 2014 ) Streaming music

Annotation:"At Last" was played over and over when James died in 2012, but it never grew tired.

Annotation:I love the contrast between the recording above and an older Etta James singing her hit in this video. Still the great voice and even more depth of emotion.

Four Women
Four Women The Nina Simone Philips Recordings By Simone, Nina (Streaming Music - 2003 )

Annotation:A lot of American Idol singers have tried their best to do justice to the song "Feeling Good" but no one comes close to Nina Simone's rendition.

Annotation:For more diva-licious listening, try the "swelligant" KMHD Jazz radio program, Divaville.

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Ten songs and albums in a variety of formats to make you swoon. My list includes Sharon Jones, Lila Downs, Cesaria Evora, Dinah Washington, Rachael Price, Etta James, Nina Simone, Edith Piaf, Adele, Billie Holiday. Who's on yours?

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