Entertainment Weekly - 3/16/01, p.69
"...Jazz singers don;t get any classier than Horn....[She] brings intelligence and heart to a select collction of standards and well-chose, offbeat choices..." - Rating: B+
CMJ - 3/5/01, p.27
"...A classic jazz singer in every sense....the music here never turns saccharine or mushy."
Down Beat - 5/01, pp.72-44 stars out of 5
- "...She sounds better than ever..."
JazzTimes - 5/01, p.251
"...Intimate and warm, [her] voice is the perfect tool to express the haunting sentiments embodied in [these] seldom perfromed classics..."
Vibe - 4/01, p.1694 discs out of 5
- "...A smooth, slow-burning, erotic meditation on love, with Horn delivering sultry tunes...with the sire hand of a woman who has traveled the full course of romance..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 4/01, p.107
"...A stately album of a certain imperious majesty entirely appropriate to [her] Old Warrior status..."
Personnel includes: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Johnny Mandel (conductor); Carl Saunders (trumpet); Larry Bunker (vibraphone); Alan Broadbent (piano); Dori Caymmi, Russell Malone (guitar); Brian Bromberg, Chuck Domanico, Charles Ables (bass); Steve Williams (drums).
Recorded at Schnee Studios, Los Angeles, California from June 12-15, 2000 and at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California on September 26 & 27, 2000. Includes liner notes by Joel Siegel.
YOU'RE MY THRILL was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. "You're My Thrill" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).
Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Russell Malone, Dorival Caymmi (guitar); Carl Saunders (trumpet); Alan Broadbent (piano); Steve Williams (drums, percussion); Steven Schaeffer (drums).
Audio Mixer: Bill Smith .
Recording information: Schnee Studio, Capitol Studios, CA (2000).
Illustrator: Bernie Fuchs.
Photographer: Larry Busacca.
Arranger: Johnny Mandel.
YOU'RE MY THRILL captures the pianist-singer in a trio setting with long time companions Charles Ables (bass) and Steve Williams (drums). On this outing, Horn recorded the trio first, then gave the tapes to Johnny Mandel who subsequently feathered orchestral arrangements into the mix. As usual, Horn's music is sultry and tender. Focusing on ballads, she takes us on a journey through the often-doleful world of love.
Lyrics revolve around all aspects of amour from first kisses to final good-byes. The trio is relaxed and spare, as each song paints a sleepy image of either hope or heartache. Some have criticized Horn's records as being overly saccharine, but no one could argue that her interpretations of the great American songbook are insincere or cold. In addition to the title track, highlights include the delicately swung "Why Don't You Do Right" featuring Russell Malone on guitar, and the haunting ballad "All Night Long."