Cabaret legend Nancy LaMott, who succumbed to cancer in 1995, never sounded more vibrant than on this live recording.

Cabaret legend Nancy LaMott, who succumbed to cancer in 1995, never sounded more vibrant than on this live recording. She died seven weeks after the complete performance was taped at what became her final appearance at the Chestnut Room at New York's Tavern on the Green. Backed by a glistening trio (her longtime arranger Christopher Marlowe's piano is especially exquisite on an unusually melancholic reading of "How Deep Is the Ocean"), LaMott shines with her bright singing and stage patter. In light of her untimely passing, Rodgers & Hart's "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," Rupert Holmes' "The People That You Never Get to Love" and David Shire and Alan & Marilyn Bergman's "The Promise (I'll Never Say Goodbye)" are heartbreaking.—JB

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