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September 26, 2005 // UPDATED 1:58 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Michael Metzger
Michael Metzger

Even higher

Rita Coolidge can drop some names, too, though she's not in Steve Winwood's class. Coolidge, who was once upon a time married to Kris Kristofferson, has lent her crystalline voice to back-up tracks on recordings by Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills and Leon Russell.

She scored her initial commercial successes with Kristofferson and their album together, "Full Moon," all the way back in 1973. It took her another four years before she finally hit on her own with "Anytime, Anywhere," featuring her covers of Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" (#1) and the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (Top 20).

She was never able to find that commercial groove again, though she's had some minor adult contemporary triumphs over the years. Lately, Coolidge has turned, like so many in her generation of singers, to jazz standards, hoping to croon her way back into America's heart and wallet.

Earlier this year, she released "And So Is Love," a set of classic tunes such as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Cry Me a River," "More Than You Know" and "Sentimental Journey."

• Su Oct. 2, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall. $25-$45. 332-1010, www.dakotacooks.com.

Do you remember?

Macalester's Bob Mould once said he was giving up rock 'n' roll. Ha. Fat chance. The former Hsker D and Sugar singer-songwriter-guitarist is back where he belongs with "Body of Song," his latest solo release.

Mould hasn't given up his dance music mojo, however. "Body of Song" is electronica slammed through the drumset of Brendan Canty (of Fugazi) and Mould's own guitar.

• W, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. $10. 332-1775, www.first-ave.com