I'll Be Easy to Find

I'll Be Easy to Find

by Teri Thornton
     
 

After a nearly 40-year hiatus, Teri Thornton is back to swing and sing her way into your heart. In comparison to her old Riverside recordings, it seems she's lost nothing vocally, her angelic clarity and soulful vibrato are intact, and her enthusiasm is still spiking depth charts. She's backed by her own piano on four cuts, and the able Ray Chew on the others, save… See more details below

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After a nearly 40-year hiatus, Teri Thornton is back to swing and sing her way into your heart. In comparison to her old Riverside recordings, it seems she's lost nothing vocally, her angelic clarity and soulful vibrato are intact, and her enthusiasm is still spiking depth charts. She's backed by her own piano on four cuts, and the able Ray Chew on the others, save Norman Simmons for the sole live-in-concert finale (she and Simmons are credited) with bassist Lonnie Plaxico, alto sax and flute master Jerome Richardson, trombonist Dave Bargeron, multi-instrumentalist Howard Johnson, and drummer J.T. Lewis. At her best on ballads, blues, and upbeat swingers, Thornton proves she really can do it all. Her rippling Ella-cum-Sarah chords are unfettered on a rousing live "Salty Mama" with Grady Tate (drums) and Michael Bowie (bass). The funky blues is all right with Thornton on "Feels Good." A showstopper, "Knee Deep in the Blues," and the faded in and out bossa "Wishing Well" are from her pen. The most unusual arrangement by producer Suzi Reynolds of "Nature Boy" has no discernible time signature. It's kinetic but seems to float, Plaxico punctuating but never seeming to ever hit one. Richardson's great flute work and Bargeron and Johnson's background horns play inquisitive mind games, quite a challenging listen. She sings the ballads "Somewhere in the Night," "Where Are You Running?," and the title cut immaculately -- not kitten soft but forcefully pronounced. She's boppin' on "It Ain't Necessarily So" and adapts "The Lord's Prayer" in a modal vein, Chew's piano chordally searching for deliverance, and she really shines instrumentally on "I'll Be Seeing You" in a fashion that rivals Shirley Horn. There is a definitive song, "I Believe in You," with a great lyric that seems to sum up the influence of a certain someone who has helped Thornton through her battles with cancer and the constant yin-yang of raising a family for these past four decades. Teri Thornton is emphatically back with this complete view of an artist, finally giving us a taste of what we've suspected lo these many years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1999
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454775526
catalogNumber:
547755

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teri Thornton   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Lonnie Plaxico   Bass
Jerome Richardson   Flute,Bass Flute,Alto Saxophone
Norman Simmons   Piano,Conductor
Howard Johnson   Clarinet,Tuba,Cornet,Baritone Saxophone,E-flat Clarinet
Grady Tate   Drums
Dave Bargeron   Trombone
Michael Bowie   Bass
Ray Chew   Piano
J.T. Lewis   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Norman Simmons   Arranger
Howard Johnson   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Teri Thornton   Arranger,Liner Notes
Ray Chew   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Matthew "Boomer" La Monica   Engineer
Allan Tucker   Mastering
Hollis King   Art Direction
Kerosene Halo   Artwork
Bill Wynn   Engineer
Suzi Reynolds   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Bart Howard   Composer

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