Tracks selected by Diana Krall.
Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Johnny Mandel, Jimmy Jones (arranger); Gary Bartz (alto saxophone); Frank Wess, Jerome Richardson (tenor saxophone, flute); Buck Hill, Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal (trumpet); Gene Orloff (violin); Hank Jones (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Milt Hinton, Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Tyler Mitchell (bass); Charles Ables (electric bass); Osie Johnson, Al Foster, Steve Williams, Billy Hart (drums); The Hornettes (background vocals).
Producers include: Shirley Horn, Johnny Mandel, Richard Seidel, Jack Tracy.
Compilation producer: Richard Seidel.
Recorded between 1962 and 1997. Includes liner notes by Diana Krall and Bob Blumenthal.
This is part of the Verve Ultimate Series.
Part of the fine Verve series of compilations where popular jazz performers pick artists that influenced their work and select their favorite tracks. Here singer/pianist Diana Krall explores the music of singer/pianist Shirley Horn. Most of these tracks span the decade of Horn's Verve recordings, and feature her super tight trio.
Horn's work has always been uniformly excellent; every track on this sampler of her music is a knockout. She's a master of the romantic jazz ballad. Her sultry and smoky vocals are intimate and conversational, and she uses odd-metered timing and silences to make an emotional point, rather than vocal acrobatics. Her masterly chord cluster piano style is used to punctuate her every vocal phrase. Included here are such Horn classics as the ballads "Summer (Estate)" and "A Time For Love," both with Johnny Mandel's gorgeous string arrangements, and swinging versions of "Hard Hearted Hannah, the Vamp of Savannah"" and "Hit The Road, Jack" from Horn's tribute album to Ray Charles. This CD is a perfect introduction to Shirley Horn's artistry.