Seasons of a Life

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724349426528
  • Catalog Number: 94265

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lena Horne Primary Artist, Vocals
Herbie Hancock Piano, Guest Appearance
Rodney Jones Acoustic Guitar, 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, Remastering
Harold Arlen Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Charles Randolph Grean String Conductor
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Peter Darmi Engineer, Mastering
Carol Friedman Art Direction, Cover Photo
Adi Yeshaya Orchestral Arrangements
Ann Ronell Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Perry Greenfield Marketing
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