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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The 21 songs on this compilation were recorded in 1954 and 1955 and originally released as Chris Connor's first three solo 12" albums. Technically speaking, they're not her first solo recordings, as she'd previously done some 10" albums for the Bethlehem label. But certainly they rate among the cream of her early solo work, concentrating on material by the likes of Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, George Gershwin-Ira Gershwin, Gordon Jenkins, George Shearing, and Charles DeForest. On the 1955 sessions in particular from which the final eight songs are drawn, she's backed by some top players, including Herbie Mann, Milt Hinton, J.J. Johnson, and Kai Winding. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The 21 songs on this compilation were recorded in 1954 and 1955 and originally released as Chris Connor's first three solo 12" albums. Technically speaking, they're not her first solo recordings, as she'd previously done some 10" albums for the Bethlehem label. But certainly they rate among the cream of her early solo work, concentrating on material by the likes of Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, George Gershwin-Ira Gershwin, Gordon Jenkins, George Shearing, and Charles DeForest. On the 1955 sessions in particular from which the final eight songs are drawn, she's backed by some top players, including Herbie Mann, Milt Hinton, J.J. Johnson, and Kai Winding. This material was important in establishing her as one of the top '50s jazz vocalists, with her intelligent interpretations and husky timbre complemented by arrangements reflecting the cool school of jazz. As the packaging is on the sparse side though writing credits and basic session details are noted, serious Connor fans might find this too perfunctory an encapsulation of this part of her career. For more general Connor appreciators and vocal jazz enthusiasts, however, it's a good introduction and/or overview to some of the most significant recordings of her early output.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Fivefour
  • EAN: 5013929311329
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 157,473

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All About Ronnie - Ellis Larkins Trio (3:00)
  2. 2 Lullaby of Birdland - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:25)
  3. 3 What Is There to Say? - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:55)
  4. 4 Try a Little Tenderness - Ellis Larkins Trio (3:06)
  5. 5 Spring Is Here - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:57)
  6. 6 Why Shouldn't I? - Ellis Larkins Trio (2:46)
  7. 7 Lush Life (2:56)
  8. 8 Out of This World (2:57)
  9. 9 A Cottage for Sale (2:37)
  10. 10 How Long Has This Been Going On? (2:33)
  11. 11 Stella by Starlight (2:29)
  12. 12 Goodbye (2:34)
  13. 13 He's Coming Home (2:45)
  14. 14 Ridin' High - Ralph Sharon Group (4:16)
  15. 15 Blame It on My Youth - Ralph Sharon Group (2:40)
  16. 16 Trouble Is a Man - Ralph Sharon Group (2:56)
  17. 17 All This and Heaven Too - Ralph Sharon Group (3:33)
  18. 18 I Concentrate on You - Ralph Sharon Group (3:33)
  19. 19 A Good Man Is a Seldom Thing - Ralph Sharon Group (3:27)
  20. 20 Don't Wait Up for Me - Ralph Sharon Group (2:37)
  21. 21 Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) - Ralph Sharon Group (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Connor Primary Artist
Herbie Mann Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Puma Guitar
Ralph Sharon Piano
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Vinnie Burke Bass
Don Burns Piano-Accordion
Joe Cinderella Guitar
Milt Hinton Bass
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Osie Johnson Drums
Ellis Larkins Piano
Beverly Peer Bass
Kai Winding Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Gordon Jenkins Composer
George Shearing Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
Oscar Levant Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Larry Conley Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ned Washington Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Victor Young Composer
Willard Robison Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Charles DeForest Composer
Bart Howard Composer
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