"Fans of composer Kurt Weill will find his songs extremely well served by cabaret singer Anne Kerry Ford in this mostly live recording with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. Ford, who starred in a Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera, has a big theatrical voice that uses an actress’ instincts to expose and illuminate emotional shadings. Ford’s voice aches with pain, yearning and heartache. There’s a rich variety of tunes here; songs Weill wrote with Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash and his best-known collaborator, Bertolt Brecht. “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” is a knockout. “It Never Was You” is tender; “Lonely House” (with lyrics by Langston Hughes) is astonishing, as is the whole of this passionate disc. Grade: A"