My Heart Sings
pairs Polly Bergen
with arranger Luther Henderson
, who shakes up his signature orchestral approach via the addition of cool jazz horns and late-night accoutrements perfectly matched to Bergen
's dusky vocals. It's a shame the material is so predictable -- standard "singer with strings" fare like "Sophisticated Lady," "When I Fall in Love," and "I'm in the Mood for Love" -- but the set's style and sophistication make up for covering such familiar ground; for that matter, Bergen
is such a distinct performer that even the most well-tread lyrics seem refreshed, and the joy she brings to bubbly renditions of "Lucky Day" and "The Lady Is a Tramp" is infectious.