Only a few can lay claim to a 50-year musical career. Count Nancy Wilson among them.

Only a few can lay claim to a 50-year musical career. Count Nancy Wilson among them. Throughout the course of an astounding 67 recordings, this singer's singer has crafted an impressive body of work—jazz, R&B, pop, standards—that transcended categorization long before it became fashionable. Wilson simply sang good music. And that's the case with her latest offering, a collection of favorites she has never had the chance to record. Featuring a special guest, each selection melds perfectly with Wilson's storytelling style. Among the pleasant surprises is her take on an obscure Marvin Gaye ballad, "Why Did I Choose You," with R&B fixture Kenny Lattimore. Kindred jazz soul George Shearing contributes to "Blame It on My Youth." Throughout, Wilson's hypnotic, expressive voice has lost none of its original appeal. As she aptly notes on the splendid opening track, "An Older Man Is Like an Elegant Wine": "Wine is not alone in getting better with the years."—GM