Shirley Horn I Remember Miles
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- Released: June 9, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Polygram Records
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Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Charles Ables, Ron Carter (bass); Steve Williams, Al Foster (drums).
Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York from December 2-5, 1997.
I REMEMBER MILES won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Buck Hill (tenor saxophone); Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn); Steve Williams , Steve Williams , Al Foster (drums).
Audio Mixer: Dave Baker .
Liner Note Author: Ira Gitler.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY (12/02/1997-12/05/1997).
Illustrator: Miles Davis.
Arranger: Shirley Horn.
This stunning album is Shirley Horn's loving tribute to her friend and colleague, the legendary late Miles Davis. Davis was so taken by Horn's first album EMBERS AND ASHES that he forced The Village Vanguard to let her virtually-unknown trio open for him during his 1961 run there. Their friendship and admiration for each other's music lasted through the years, and Shirley Horn's 1991 recording YOU WON'T FORGET ME, was one of the last recordings Miles Davis made.
Horn selected mostly ballads from Davis' Columbia Records catalogue for her tribute because, as she explains in the liner notes, Davis liked her to sing ballads, and ballads are Horn's specialty. She can slow down time in a unique and spellbinding way. Her sultry and smoky vocals are intimate and conversational, relying on odd metered timing and silence, rather than volume, to make an emotional point.
This album's knock out punch is the epic (over 10 minutes long) "My Man's Gone Now" performed in an uncharacteristically (for Horn) abstract style with a double rhythm section and Roy Hargrove wailing and soaring on the trumpet. This may well be one of the greatest tracks Horn ever recorded.
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