Shirley Horn I Love You, Paris (Live)
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- Released: September 13, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Polygram Records
Entertainment Weekly - 9/16/94, p.121"...her concert audience...seems so rapt that it didn't make a peep during Horn's gently murmuring performance...And so will any listeners Stateside..." - Rating: B
JazzTimes - 11/94, p.75"...Shirley Horn's particular talent seems to be to treat a song with great tenderness and respect..."
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Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Charles Ables (electric bass); Steve Williams (drums).
Recorded live at Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris, France on March 7, 1992. Includes liner notes by Joel E. Siegel.
I LOVE YOU, PARIS was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
It's easy to imagine why Shirley Horn has become a favorite of French audiences. Her hushed and sultry half-spoken vocals and penchant for romantic standards can easily coexist with the likes of Jaques Brel or Serge Gainsbourg. This, Horn's fourth release on Verve Records, is a recording of a remarkable concert that Horn gave on March 7th, 1992 at the sold out 2,000 seat Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris (one of Europe's premiere concert halls). Horn's and the entranced French audience's feelings of love are mutually expressed in this absolutely stunning program.
This release is one of the finest concert recordings in jazz history. Charles Ables and Steve Williams, her amazing rhythm section, are perfectly tuned to Horn's shifts in meter and nuance. Every cut from this concert is a masterpiece and standouts include a swinging "Old Country" and "L.A. Breakdown," but Horn's specialty is the ballad and there is no one in music who can sing a ballad slower. Horn knows how to make time stop while the music continues to groove. The high point of the evening is certainly her version of the Leon Russell ballad "A Song For You" which she brilliantly segues into Gordon Jenkin's "Goodbye."
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