Chris Connor I Walk With Music
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- Released: September 17, 2002
- Label: Highnote
- 1.Route 66
- 2.Where Can I Go Without You?
- 3.Quiet Nights
- 4.That Old Black Magic
- 5.How High The Moon
- 6.I Walk With Music
- 7.Serenade In Blue
- 8.Shall We Dance
- 9.This Heart Of Mine
- 10.On The Road Again
Personnel: Chris Connor (vocals); Richard Sussman (arranger); Bill Easley (reeds); Mike Abene (piano); Jack Wilkins (guitar); Chip Jackson (bass); Dennis Mackrel (drums); Memo Acevedo (percussion).
Recorded at M&I Recording Studios, New York, New York on May 17 & 19, 2002.
Includes liner notes by James Issacs.
Personnel: Chris Connor (vocals); Bill Easley (reeds); Michael Abene (piano); Dennis Mackrel (drums); Memo Acevedo (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Doug Ramsey.
Recording information: M&I Recording Studios, New York, NY (05/2002).
Photographers: Roy Gumpel; R. Andrew Lepley.
Arranger: Michael Abene.
There comes a point in each singer's life, at least anyone who lives to a decent age, where she or he has to decide whether it is time to stop recording. Virtually all vocalists (except for the remarkable Herb Jeffries) show their age in their voices and, once they hit their sixties and especially their seventies, they should ask themselves if they really want to be documented at that age. Chris Connor, who was at her peak in the 1950s, was 74 when she recorded I Walk With Music in 2002. Although her phrasing is still fine and her enthusiasm is high, her voice sounds very weathered and unreliable. She was wise to mostly pick songs for this set that only involve her using a small range but, despite some fine solos (particularly from Bill Easley on bass clarinet and guitarist Jack Wilkins), the decline in Chris Connor's voice makes this a difficult CD to recommend. ~ Scott Yanow
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