Ernestine Anderson I Love Being Here With You (Live) (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: July 29, 2002
- Label: Concord Records
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.I Love Being Here With You
- 2.All Blues
- 3.Down Home Blues
- 4.As Long As I Live
- 5.Please Send Me Someone To Love
- 6.I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
- 7.Spring Is Here
- 8.Street Of Dreams
- 9.Never Make Your Move Too Soon
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Blues In The Closet - (TRUE instrumental)
- 2.I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
- 3.I Should Care
- 4.There Is No Greater Love
- 6.On My Own
- 7.Never Make Your Move Too Soon
Personnel includes: Ernestine Anderson (vocals); Red Holloway (alto & tenor saxophones); Marshal Royal (alto saxophone); Scott Hamilton, Frank Wess (tenor saxophone); Warren Vache (cornet); Dan Barrett (trombone); Ed Bickert (guitar); Dave McKenna, George Shearing, Nat Pierce, Gene Harris (piano); Steve Wallace, Neil Swainson, Lynn Seaton (bass); Jimmie Smith, Frank Capp, Harold Jones (drums).
Producers: Carl Jefferson, Chris Long, Frank Capp, Nat Pierce.
Compilation producer: Nick Phillips.
Recorded live at Kan-i Hoken Hall, Tokyo, Japan; The Alley Cat Bistro, Culver City and Concord Pavilion, Concord, California in November & June 1987 & August 1990. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather and Gordon Raddue.
Personnel: Ernestine Anderson (vocals); Ken Pohlman, Ed Bickert (guitar); Red Holloway (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Marshall Royal, Joe Romano (alto saxophone); Frank Wess, Scott Hamilton, Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone); Conte Candoli, Snooky Young, Frank Szabo (trumpet); Warren Vach‚ (cornet); Dan Barrett , Garnett Brown, Charles Loper, Buster Cooper (trombone); Dave McKenna, Gene Harris, George Shearing, Nat Pierce (piano); Frank Capp, Jimmie Smith , Harold Jones (drums).
Audio Remixers: Phil Edwards ; Ron Davis.
Liner Note Author: Gordon Raddue.
Recording information: Alley Cat Bistro, Culver City, CA (06/??/1987-08/18/1990); Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA (06/??/1987-08/18/1990); Kan-I Hoken Hall, Tokyo, Japan (06/??/1987-08/18/1990).
Author: Leonard Feather.
Photographer: Lloyd Wright.
One thing Concord Jazz cannot be accused of is failing to document Ernestine Anderson's live performances. When the veteran jazz singer was recording for Concord in the late '70s, '80s, and early '90s, the label put out several live albums that featured her extensively. Here's the thing: Not all of those albums were released under Anderson's own name -- she was employed as a featured vocalist for pianist George Shearing, the Frank Capp/Nat Pierce Juggernaut, and a band that was billed as the Concord All Stars. Anderson's live performances of 1987-1990 are the focus of this excellent two-CD set, which Concord assembled in 2002 -- and none of the recordings are from the singer's own albums. The all-star release Live at the 1990 Concord Jazz Festival (Third Set) is heard in its entirety, and I Love Being Here With You also contains material from albums by Shearing (Dexterity), the Concord All-Stars (Ow!), and the Capp/Pierce big band (Live at the Alley Cat). This double CD shows Anderson to be a highly soulful and hard-swinging interpreter of standards, but for all her passion and bluesy grit, she is highly sensitive on performances of "Please Send Me Someone to Love," "Street of Dreams," "I Should Care," and "Skylark." Historically, Anderson has had a way of attracting R&B and blues lovers, and it is no coincidence that this collection contains versions of "Down Home Blues" (the gem that the late bluesman Z.Z. Hill is best remembered for) and the Crusaders' "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" (which is heard twice). If you're the sort of listener who is capable of enjoying Carmen McRae or Ella Fitzgerald one minute and Aretha Franklin or Etta James the next, I Love Being Here With You is well worth the price of admission. ~ Alex Henderson
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