Seasons of a Life

Seasons of a Life

by Lena Horne
     
 
Lena Horne had effectively retired in 2006 when Blue Note released Seasons of a Life, an album compiled for her by her musical director, Rodney Jones, and including unreleased performances recorded between 1994 and 2000. It's an effective capstone to her career, and shows that even at the age of 80, the former Cotton Club featured

Overview

Lena Horne had effectively retired in 2006 when Blue Note released Seasons of a Life, an album compiled for her by her musical director, Rodney Jones, and including unreleased performances recorded between 1994 and 2000. It's an effective capstone to her career, and shows that even at the age of 80, the former Cotton Club featured attraction had lost little of the verve and sophistication she exhibited throughout her career. The material comes from six different sessions, some live but most in a studio environment, including outtakes -- most of which sound like outtakes -- from her Blue Note albums of the '90s. Three of the performances come from the Blue Note project Classic Ellington, which allowed Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to Duke Ellington in a classical context. (For this release, Rodney Jones appears to have merely excised the symphony to make these small-group performances.) Most interesting, however, are two tracks recorded with Herbie Hancock, the first a trio recording of Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge" and the second a Horne-Hancock duet on "Willow Weep for Me."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724349426528
catalogNumber:
94265

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lena Horne   Primary Artist,Vocals
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Guest Appearance
Rodney Jones   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor,Guest Appearance
Mark Sherman   Vibes,Guest Appearance
Lewis Nash   Drums,Guest Appearance
Bobby Forrester   Organ,Guest Appearance
Donald Harrison   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Frank Owens   Piano,Guest Appearance
Mike Renzi   Piano,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Akira Tana   Drums,Guest Appearance
Adi Yeshaya   Guest Appearance
Benjamin Brown   Bass
Oliver Von Essen   Organ,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Rodney Jones   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Remixing
Harold Arlen   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   String Conductor
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Peter Darmi   Engineer
Carol Friedman   Art Direction,Cover Photo
Adi Yeshaya   Orchestral Arrangements
Ann Ronell   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Perry Greenfield   Marketing

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