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Nancy Wilson was one of the few jazz-based pop singers of the 1960s who was able to navigate that decade's rock & roll-crazed waters and stay on top of the single and album charts. While her natural physical beauty certainly didn't hurt her career, it was probably her honest feel for soul and the blues, as well as jazz, that had her riding high during a time when so many of her peers were being dropped by the major labels or moving to Europe. Lush Life follows Wilson's winning formula of combining jazz and adult pop, but while individual tracks stand out, a heavy Barbra Streisand influence hurts the disc overall. Like Babs, Wilson possesses pipes powerful enough to blow...
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All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
Nancy Wilson was one of the few jazz-based pop singers of the 1960s who was able to navigate that decade's rock & roll-crazed waters and stay on top of the single and album charts. While her natural physical beauty certainly didn't hurt her career, it was probably her honest feel for soul and the blues, as well as jazz, that had her riding high during a time when so many of her peers were being dropped by the major labels or moving to Europe. Lush Life follows Wilson's winning formula of combining jazz and adult pop, but while individual tracks stand out, a heavy Barbra Streisand influence hurts the disc overall. Like Babs, Wilson possesses pipes powerful enough to blow the roof off of a barn as she does on "Free Again" and "Over the Weekend", but her real gifts come out on the lightly swinging "River Shallow" and a slowly building ballad reading of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" that puts a fresh spin on the over-exposed 1960s staple. Expert West Coast jazz musicians such as Shelly Manne and Ted Nash contribute to the session, but Billy May and Oliver Nelson's charts are often too string-heavy. While the album is cohesive, it's a shame that you can't tell the difference between the work of two normally singular and unique arrangers. Still, both men did build solid foundations for Nancy Wilson, and Billy May uses the title track as a means to tip his hat to Billy Strayhorn, the song's composer, with a smart mix of big band swagger, intimate small-group jazz, and moody orchestral flourishes straight out of an old film noir. While Lush Life is a pleasing effort that will be enjoyed by Nancy Wilson fans, Welcome to My Love, her 1968 collaboration with Oliver Nelson alone, keeps the strings while wisely ditching the Streisand feel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/1995
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724383274529
  • Catalog Number: 32745

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nancy Wilson Primary Artist, Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion, Mallets
Shelly Manne Drums
Ted Nash Clarinet, Flute
Bob Hardaway Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, French Horn
Abe Most Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute
Justin Gordon Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Bass Flute
Victor Arno Violin
Edward Bergman Violin
Harry Bluestone Violin
Larry Bunker Percussion, Timpani, Mallets
John Collins Guitar
John DeVoogdt Violin
Donn Trenner Piano
Frederick Seykora Cello
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Nathan Gershman Cello
James Getzoff Violin
Catherine Gotthoffer Harp
Anatol Kaminsky Violin
Armand Karpoff Violin, Cello
Nathan Kaproff Violin
Louis Kaufman Violin
Harry Klee Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute
Raphael Kramer Cello
Carl LaMagna Violin
Alfred Lustgarten Violin
Erno Neufeld Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
Henry Sigismonti French Horn
Marshall Sosson Violin
Ann Mason Stockton Harp
Gerald Vinci Violin
Buster Williams Bass
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
William Hinshaw French Horn
James M. McGee French Horn
Justin DiTullio Cello
Emil Briano Violin
Dan Luse Violin
Betty Marks Violin
Robert Knight Trombone
Phillip Teele Trombone
Richard Mackey French Horn
Technical Credits
Billy May Arranger
Oliver Nelson Arranger
André Previn Composer
John Benson Brooks Composer
Dory Previn Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Robert Colby Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Sid Feller Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
James Gavin Liner Notes
Patrick Roques Reissue Design
Jeff Rach Remixing
Armand Canfora Composer
Joss Baselli Composer
M. Philippe-Gerard Composer
Dave Cavanaugh Producer
Joseph McCarthy Composer
Angele Vannier Composer
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