Shirley Horn Travelin' Light
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- Released: March 15, 1994
- Label: Grp Records
- 1.Travelin' Light
- 2.Sunday In New York
- 3.I Could Have Told You
- 4.Big City
- 5.I Want To Be With You
- 6.Some Of My Best Friends Are The Blues
- 7.Someone You've Loved
- 8.Don't Be On The Outside
- 9.You're Blase
- 10.Yes, I Know When I've Had It
- 12.And I Love Him
Shirley Horn Trio: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Marshall Hawkins (acoustic bass); Bernard Sweetney (drums).
Additional personnel: Johnny Pate (brass arrangements); Joe Newman (trumpet); Frank Wess (flute, alto saxophone); Kenny Burrell (guitar).
Recorded in New York in 1965. Includes liner notes by James Gavin.
Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Frank Wess (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor saxophone); Joe Newman (trumpet); Bernard Sweetney (drums).
Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
Recording information: New York, NY (1965).
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Arranger: Johnny Pate.
This is a reissue of a rare early recording that the Washington, DC based Shirley Horn made in 1965 in New York City for ABC-Paramount. Though TRAVELIN' LIGHT received enthusiastic reviews at the time, it quickly went out of print. Unlike her earlier Mercury recordings, here Horn was permitted to spotlight her trio and accompany herself on piano.
Her whispery, sultry, and smoky vocals are subtle and languid. Her phrasing is exquisitely intimate and conversational, relying on odd metered timing rather than volume to make an emotional point. Her masterly chord cluster piano style punctuates each vocal phrase. The song arrangements (mostly for a septet with some big band tracks) are fine, but very short (no track is longer than three minutes) suggesting the label had pop airplay in mind. As a result, the musicians never get a chance to stretch out. Still, the choice of material here is consistently interesting; the uptempo numbers like "Big City" and "Don't Be On the Outside" swing hard, and the ballads like "Someone You've Loved" are luxuriously slow. This previously rare Shirley Horn gem is certainly well worth checking out.
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