Chris Connor Haunted Heart
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- by Chris Connor ~ A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft ~ $13.25
- Released: August 28, 2001
- Label: Highnote
Down Beat - May 2002, p.643.5 out of 5 stars - "...It's an intese, cliche-free calling card on which [Connor] doesn't waste a note..."
- 1.By Myself
- 2.Haunted Heart
- 4.But Not For Me
- 5.Stairway To The Stars
- 6.Key Largo
- 7.Only The Lonely
- 8.Day In Day Out
- 9.I Wished On The Moon
- 10.Drinking Again
Personnel: Chris Connor (vocals); Bill Easley (tenor saxophone, flute); Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mike Abene (piano); Chip Jackson, Steve LaSpina (bass); Dennis Mackrel (drums).
Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 10 & 12, 2001. Includes liner notes by Lloyd Sachs.
Personnel: Chris Connor (vocals); Bill Easley (flute, tenor saxophone); Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Michael Abene (piano); Dennis Mackrel (drums).
Audio Mixer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Liner Note Author: Lloyd Sachs.
Recording information: Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NH (03/10/2001-03/12/2001).
Arranger: Michael Abene.
Seventy-four at the time of this release, Chris Connor's already deep voice has gotten lower through the years. She is in relatively good form through the set, performing ten standards that include "By Myself," Claude Thornhill's "Snowfall," "Only the Lonely," and "I Wished on the Moon." Although there are a few medium-tempo numbers, Connor's strength at this point in time was in her no-nonsense if occasionally wistful interpretations of ballads. She is assisted by pianist/arranger Michael Abene, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, tenor saxophonist Bill Easley, and a fine rhythm section. A successful effort. ~ Scott Yanow
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