All About Chris

All About Chris

by Chris Connor
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Fivefour
UPC:
5013929311329
catalogNumber:
13

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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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