Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Charles Ables (bass); Steve Williams
Producers: Miriam Cutler, David Kreisberg, Ron Berinstein.
Recorded live at Vine ST Bar & Grill, Hollywood, California on May 12-13, 1987.
When Shirley Horn recorded I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU LIVE AT VINE STREET in Los Angeles with her trio for Verve records in 1987, she was already very much a jazz cult figure whose work was highly esteemed by other artists including Miles Davis. Her first release for Verve Records, which also proved to be her first commercial breakthrough, is quite simply a wonderful recording.
Horn's choice of material is always compelling and chosen with exquisite taste. Her sultry and smoky vocals are extremely intimate and conversational. The show-stopping version of the haunting Italian ballad "Estate (Summer)" which she recorded three times but premiered here, is an extreme example of her slowed down manipulation of time, and is nothing less than thrilling.