If one great singer/songwriter deserves interpretation by another great singer/ songwriter, look no further than Mary Lee Kortes' remake of Bob Dylan's 1975 masterwork, recorded live at New York's Arl

If one great singer/songwriter deserves interpretation by another great singer/ songwriter, look no further than Mary Lee Kortes' remake of Bob Dylan's 1975 masterwork, recorded live at New York's Arlene Grocery club last year with her band Mary Lee's Corvette. Kortes taught herself harmonica three days before the gig but was obviously well-schooled in the difficult Dylan opus—though she does turn the mike over to an anonymous Dylan imitator in the audience for "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts." Otherwise, Kortes, with the help of her outstanding band, is right-on throughout this sterling performance—particularly on a track like "Idiot Wind." Originally self-released, Blood on the Tracks so impressed the powers that be at Bar/None that a deal was struck. Hopefully, a bright future awaits Kortes and her own brilliant tunesmithing.—JB

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