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Gloria Estefan's take on American Songbook due out in September

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Miami, May 1 (EFE).- Gloria Estefan's "The Standards," a celebration of the American Songbook, will go on sale Sept. 10, Sony Masterworks said.

Reflecting the international nature of her audience, the disc features songs sung in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French.

Estefan, who contributed to Frank Sinatra's 1993 "Duets" album and, more recently, to Tony Bennett's "Viva Duets," sought out singer-songwriter Laura Pausini, violinist Joshua Bell and saxophonist Dave Koz to collaborate on the project.

Besides classics such as "What a Difference a Day Makes" and "Young at Heart," the album includes Estefan's rendering in English of Carlos Gardel's "El Dia Que Me Quieras" ("The Day You Say You Love Me") and her Spanish-language version of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile."

The winner of three Grammys and four Latin Grammys began with a list of 50 songs and recorded 16 of them before choosing 13 cuts to go on the album.

"I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini and great romance recording artists in Mexico and Cuba," the Havana native said. "This genre is right up my alley, since music is always a catharsis to me."

Estefan has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide since bursting onto to the music scene in 1983 with "Conga."

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