Free Spirits

Free Spirits

by Chris Connor
     
 

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Chris Connor's smoky voice made her a natural fit for torch songs, but her flair for improvisation expanded her considerable talents to include upbeat material as well. Free Spirits, an excellent small-group date arranged for her by Al Cohn, features Connor in a range of settings; remember, free spirits don…  See more details below

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Chris Connor's smoky voice made her a natural fit for torch songs, but her flair for improvisation expanded her considerable talents to include upbeat material as well. Free Spirits, an excellent small-group date arranged for her by Al Cohn, features Connor in a range of settings; remember, free spirits don't necessarily mean high spirits. The choices for material also range far and wide. A trio of Ellington evergreens anchor the set, but she also includes material from Peggy Lee, Oscar Brown, Jr., Leiber & Stoller's "Kansas City," and Billie Holiday's nearly untouchable "God Bless the Child." It helps that she gets expressive accompaniment from an all-star lineup -- alto Phil Woods, tenor Oliver Nelson, and a pair of all-time trumpeters (Clark Terry and Joe Newman). Despite the title, the only concept at work here is her ability to captivate a listening audience with a wide-ranging set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431652121
catalogNumber:
6521
Rank:
162979

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Connor   Primary Artist,Vocals
Oliver Nelson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Dave Bailey   Drums
Ronnie Ball   Piano
George Duvivier   Bass,Double Bass
Cohn   Leader
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Sol Schlinger   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Ben Tucker   Bass,Double Bass
Phil Woods   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Joe Newman Quartet   Trumpet,Soloist
Irvin Markowitz   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ran Blake   Liner Notes
Norman Mapp   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer
Cohn   Arranger,Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Margo Guryan   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
J. Lewis   Composer
Sid Kuller   Composer

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