Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); George Mesterhazy (guitar, piano, keyboards); Steve Novosel (bass); Steve Williams (drums); Alex Acuna (percussion).
Recorded at Cinegrill, Hollywood, California.
LOVING YOU was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); George Mesterhazy (guitar, piano, keyboards); Steve Williams , Terrence "Bearwolf" Williams, Steve Williams (drums); Alex Acu¤a (percussion).
Recording information: Cinegrill, Hollywood, CA (05/17/1996-05/18/1996).
LOVING YOU is a love letter from Shirley Horn to her fans. Horn focuses on her specialty, slowed down romantic love ballads, with an emphasis on Brazilian popular songwriters. The effect is similar in mood and tone to Sarah Vaughan's BRAZILIAN ROMANCE album, with many tracks featuring the MIDI orchestrations of George Mesterhazy. The work at times borders on easy listening pop jazz. The soft romantic mood wavers only once with Horn's bluesy interpretation of Lil' Green's "In The Dark."
There are languid, dreamy versions of Ivan Lins' tunes "The Island" and "Love Dance." Other treasures on this album include two songs that Horn performs alone at the piano, "It Amazes Me" (the Cy Coleman tune made famous by Blossom Dearie), and the title track.
Part of Horn's vocal magic is the feeling that she is not singing, but whispering in your ear. Her masterly chord cluster style of piano playing punctuates her every phrase. If you're a fan of Shirley Horn's ballads, then this is a work you'll love to hear.