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Dross Attack

May 02, 1987

Richard Cromelin's review of Luther Vandross' concert performance ("Vandross Just Doesn't Go That Extra Distance," April 17), went the extra distance in demonstrating his ineptitude as a music reviewer.

It's somewhat incomprehensible to imagine an entertainer of Vandross' stature expounding on the details of a personal tragedy within the context of his concert performance. It's even more ludicrous to think that a reviewer of Cromelin's reputation would not only expect that of a performer, but personally attack Vandross and label him "superficial" because he failed to share the experience with us.

I didn't pay $18.50 to hear about Vandross' personal problems. I also didn't go expecting to hear Marvin Gaye, Al Green or Freddie Jackson, unlike Cromelin, who seemed confused as to whom he was reviewing.

I went to be entertained, to adulate and enjoy Vandross. In that respect, I feel Vandross entertained and performed to the best of his ability, and should be judged accordingly.

CHARLES SAVAGE

Los Angeles

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