Personnel includes: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano, organ); Johnny Mandel (conductor); Buck Hill (tenor saxophone); Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Roy Hargrove (flugelhorn); James Walker (flute); Toots Thielmans (harmonica, guitar); Larry Bunker (vibraphone); George Mesterhazy (piano, keyboards, keyboard programming); Charles Ables (guitar, bass); Steve Novosel (bass); Steve Williams, Billy Hart (drums); Alex Acuna (percussion).
Producers: Shirley Horn, Richard Seidel, Jean-Philippe Allard, Johnny Mandel.
Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios and A&R Studios, New York, New York; Group IV Recording and The Cinegrill, Hollywood, California; Shirley Horn's home, Washington, D.C. between November 1988 and May 1996. Includes liner notes by Joseph F. Laredo.
This is part of Verve Record's Jazz 'Round Midnight series.
Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano); Wynton Marsalis (vocals, trumpet); Johnny Mandel, Roy Hargrove, Toots Thielemans (vocals); Jim Walker (flute); George Mesterhazy (piano); Larry Bunker (vibraphone); Steve Williams (drums); Alex Acu¤a (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Joseph F. Laredo.
Recording information: Cinegrill, Hollywood, CA (??/??/1992-05/18/1996); Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY (??/??/1992-05/18/1996); Group IV Recording, Hollywood, CA (??/??/1992-05/18/1996).
Photographer: Larry Busacca.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Hat Nguyen; Johnny Mandel; Roy Hargrove; Toots Thielemans; Wynton Marsalis.
Arranger: Johnny Mandel.
The tracks collected here span 12 years of Shirley Horn's marvelous recordings for the Verve label, and feature jazz pianist and vocalist Horn's super tight trio with various special guests, such as Wynton Marsalis and Toots Thielmans. Shirley Horn's work has always been uniformly excellent, and every track on this sampler of her music is a knockout.
Horn is a master of the romantic jazz ballad, the emphasis of this collection. Her smoky vocals are intimate and conversational, and she uses silences to make an emotional point, rather than vocal acrobatics. Her idiosyncratic chord cluster style of piano playing punctuates her every vocal phrase. Included here are such classic Horn tracks as the gorgeous and languid "A Time For Love," with Johnny Mandel's superb orchestral tapestry, as well as sultry versions of "Fever" and "How Long Has This Been Going On?" This CD is a perfect entry into the unique and brilliant artistry of Shirley Horn.