At 77 years old, soul-blues veteran Latimore is still his sultry self | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

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At 77 years old, soul-blues veteran Latimore is still his sultry self

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On Benny Latimore’s latest album, A Taste of Me: Great American Songs (Essential Media), the soul-blues veteran wraps his smoldering baritone around standards from the Great American Songbook (“Smile,” “The Very Thought of You”) as well as contemporary classics (“What a Difference a Day Makes,” “At Last,” “You Are So Beautiful”). He adds reworkings of his own “Dig a Little Deeper” and “Let’s Straighten It Out,” both of which prove themselves fully worthy of such august company. Still sexy and robust at 77, Latimore delivers a show that’s intimate and playful, exuding the tough-but-tender machismo that has made “Let’s Straighten It Out” such a potent boudoir anthem for more than 40 years. This concert, billed as a celebration of dancer-comedian-emcee-promoter Lee “Mr. Lee” Kirsky on the occasion of his 55th year in show business, also features Denise LaSalle, Enchantment, Sidney Joe Qualls, and Mr. Lee & Co featuring Kirksy’s son, Lee Jr.   v

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