No Looking Back

No Looking Back

by LaVerne Butler
     
 
If justice had prevailed, No Looking Back would have made LaVerne Butler well known in jazz circles, but this fine debut was more of an artistic success than a commercial one. In contrast to the laidback, relaxed mood and pop influences that defined the singer's sophomore effort, Day Dreamin', No Looking Back is very

Overview

If justice had prevailed, No Looking Back would have made LaVerne Butler well known in jazz circles, but this fine debut was more of an artistic success than a commercial one. In contrast to the laidback, relaxed mood and pop influences that defined the singer's sophomore effort, Day Dreamin', No Looking Back is very much a hardcore bop effort. Butler's impressive phrasing sounds like a combination of Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, but when she passionately tears into hard-swinging, high-energy interpretations of "It's Alright With Me," "Sunday In New York" and "The Song Is You," it's clear that Butler is very much her own person. Equally captivating are a sensuous bossa nova take on "Speak Low" and an unexpected version of "Come Fly With Me," which was defined by Frank Sinatra but also fares quite well in Butler's capable hands. Guest Joe Henderson (tenor sax) is in excellent form on "I Cover the Waterfront," "Easy to Love" and "The Song Is You," all of which prove that the ton of favorable publicity he was receiving in the early to mid-1990s was well deserved. This is a CD that fans of straight-ahead jazz singing should make a point of searching for.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1994
Label:
Chesky Records
UPC:
0090368009128
catalogNumber:
91

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

LaVerne Butler   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Joe Henderson   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Sherman   Synthesizer,Percussion
Chip Jackson   Bass
Bob Katz   Recorder
Romero Lubambo   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Magnarelli   Trumpet
Chris Potter   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Renzi   Piano
Klaus Sounsaari   Drums
Charles "Chip" Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

David Chesky   Producer
Norman Chesky   Executive Producer
Bob Katz   Engineer
David Merrill   Engineer
Mike Renzi   Arranger,Director,Producer,Musical Director
Roy Spangenthal   Director
Christine Chagnon   Artwork,Art Direction
Bob Cataliotti   Liner Notes
Jeremy R. Kipnis   Engineer

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