No Looking Back

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/1994
  • Label: Chesky Records
  • UPC: 090368009128
  • Catalog Number: 91

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, Guitar
Joe Magnarelli Trumpet
Chris Potter Tenor Saxophone
Mike Renzi Piano
Klaus Sounsaari Drums
Charles "Chip" Jackson Bass
Technical Credits
David Chesky Producer
Portia Nelson Composer
Norman Chesky Executive Producer
Bob Katz Engineer
David Merrill Engineer, Mastering
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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