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The notion that songwriters aren’t always the best interpreters of their own material didn’t originate with Bob Dylan. Hoagy Sings Carmichael, a collection of 10 Carmichael classics sung by the composer and orchestrated by arranger/conductor Johnny Mandel, is a case in point. Though the songs here are delivered with a creator’s conviction, Carmichael’s voice alternates between a tuneless drawl and, in the case of “Winter Moon,” a dry croak. Nonetheless, you’re unlikely to find more heartfelt interpretations of classic Carmichael titles such as “Skylark” and “Memphis in June” or instrumental contributions as felicitous as those by alto saxophonist Art Pepper and pianist Jimmy Rowles.