For her final studio album (the last cuts were recorded just three months before her death), the classic swing singer Maxine Sullivan interpreted 16 songs by Jule Styne dating from 1926’s “Sunday” to 1983’s “Killing Time.” Sullivan’s voice was still strong at the end of her career, and her interpretations of such numbers as “Just in Time,” “It’s Been a Long, Long Time,” “I Don’t Want to Walk Without You” and “I’ve Heard That Song Before” uplift the lyrics and make the tunes sound fresh and new. A fine close to a productive career.
Born: May 13, 1911 in Homestead, PA
Years Active: ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s
A subtle and lightly swinging jazz singer, Maxine Sullivan’s delivery was very likable, and she did justice to all of the lyrics she sang during her long career. After moving to New York, Sullivan sang during intermissions at the Onyx Club and was discovered by pianist Claude Thornhill. Thornhill recorded her with a sympathetic septet singing a couple of standards and two Scottish folk songs performed in swinging fashion — “Annie Laurie” and…