Peggy Lee’s 1953 Black Coffee album will forever remain a masterpiece of vocal jazz. With such a seminal release, she stood to define an era.
- Black Coffee (1953) A
- Dream Street (1957) B+
- The opening “Street of Dreams” is mysterious and alluring, a career highlight for Ms. Lee. The rest of the album follows suit: Dream Street is mysterious and alluring, though not necessarily a career highlight.
- The Man I Love (1957) B+
- Crafted, conducted by and cuckolded with Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee’s The Man I Love is largely the creation of another man. Yet her sophisticated persona still shines through. This is her record, after all.