"May the Music Never End" is a fitting title for this new collection: Jazz vocal legend Shirley Horn is fighting cancer and the diabetes that recently claimed her right foot.

"May the Music Never End" is a fitting title for this new collection: Jazz vocal legend Shirley Horn is fighting cancer and the diabetes that recently claimed her right foot. Since customary piano self-accompaniment is out, George Mesterhazy steps in ably, making his mark early with an insistent solo on lead blues track "Forget Me." Ahmad Jamal substitutes on a couple of cuts, with fluegeler Roy Hargrove guesting on two others, including the lighthearted Duke Ellington/John LaTouche gem "Take Love Easy." Otherwise, Horn retains her typical trio format with bassist Ed Howard (taking over for longtime Horn Trio member Charles Ables, who died last year) and veteran Horn drummer Steve Williams. As ever, Horn's precisely measured, self-produced vocal subtlety is the center, with other standout performances including a confessional-styled Lennon/McCartney "Yesterday."—JB