Listening to Luther Vandross' latest album takes on added urgency and poignancy, given his current medical condition.

Listening to Luther Vandross' latest album takes on added urgency and poignancy, given his current medical condition. That notwithstanding, Dance With My Father is signature Luther: hot-buttered vocals dripping over lush ballads, with occasional midtempo spikes. Leading the way are the moving title track, the sparse "Buy Me a Rose," and the gospel-tinged "Right in the Middle." The artist's penchant for selecting choice old-school cuts remains unerring. His vocal parlay with a soulfully sophisticated Beyoncé Knowles on the Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway classic "The Closer I Get to You" is heavenly. Longtime fans may deem the crooner's pairing with such hip-hop icons as Foxy Brown and labelmate Busta Rhymes jarring and unnecessary. But whether singing straight with no chaser or sharing the spotlight, Vandross proves, again, that he's a gifted vocalist who transcends time.—GM