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Montserrat Caballé: A Voice Of Passionate Grandeur

Caballé could be imposing at full voice, but she showed her real greatness when singing intimately.

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Dianne Reeves: A Jazz Voice With Pop Sensibilities

The legendary singer celebrates her affinity for pop music with a jazz musician's approach.

Working with the most basic human utterances, Monk's vocal music sounds fundamental and timeless. Massimo Agus/Courtesy of Universal hide caption

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Meredith Monk: A Voice For All Time

Simple and unadorned, Monk's vocal music sounds as if it has always meant to exist.

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Camaron De La Isla: The Voice Of Flamenco

As he began his career, flamenco was still a connoisseur's music, but Camaron changed that forever.

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Rooted in local African rhythms, mbalax music has allowed Youssou N'Dour's voice to soar with a whole new freedom. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Youssou N'Dour: The Voice Of Senegal

The Senegalese singer is a musical chameleon capable of a seductive whisper or a siren's cry.

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George Jones: The Voice Of Heartbreak

George Jones, who died Friday at 81, could pull and bend notes until they made listeners hurt.

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Luther Vandross: The Velvet Voice

The late soul singer's legendary voice has been called "flawless" and "as smooth as silk."