Taken to Heart

Taken to Heart

by Tom Lellis
     
 
When Concord Jazz released Tom Lellis' third album, Taken to Heart, in 1993, one hoped that it would be the first of many albums he would record for the company. Concord, after all, is among jazz's top independent labels, and it would have been nice to see the company make a long-term, multi-album commitment to Lellis. But Taken to Heart turned out to be

Overview

When Concord Jazz released Tom Lellis' third album, Taken to Heart, in 1993, one hoped that it would be the first of many albums he would record for the company. Concord, after all, is among jazz's top independent labels, and it would have been nice to see the company make a long-term, multi-album commitment to Lellis. But Taken to Heart turned out to be his only album for Concord, which seemingly envisioned him as a romantic improviser -- to a point, that is. Taken to Heart isn't strictly a romantic mood album; there are some memorable up-tempo selections and Lellis swings hard on his McCoy Tyner-ish "Love Is" and a medley of Sammy Fain songs. But it is safe to say that ballads and romantic material are a high priority and that Lellis' romantic side serves him well on the standards "It Never Entered My Mind" and "My One and Only Love," as well as the gentle "Wistful Thinking" (a Lellis original) and the sensuous "Milton's Moment" (a Brazilian-influenced song that Lellis wrote for singer Milton Nascimento). "Milton's Moment" is one of two selections that finds Lellis collaborating with Brazilian great Toninho Horta; the other is Horta's "Mountain Flight," which Lellis wrote lyrics for. The singer also provides lyrics for Dave Brubeck's playful "The Duke" and Lellis' lyrics pay tribute to Duke Ellington and his associates. But thankfully, they're a cut above most jazz tribute lyrics. Quite often, jazz tribute lyrics sound like they come from a textbook -- they're about as sexy as warm milk. But Lellis' homage to Ellington is pleasingly hip. Full of interesting surprises, Taken to Heart paints a highly attractive picture of the New York-based jazz vocalist.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1993
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431457428
catalogNumber:
4574

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Lellis   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Allen Farnham   Piano
Toninho Horta   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jeremy Steig   Flute,Piccolo
Larry Willis   Piano
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Jamey Haddad   Percussion,Drums
Tim Horner   Drums
Kip Reed   Bass,Piano
Eddie Howard   Bass
Ed Howard   Bass

Technical Credits

Allen Farnham   Contributor
Toninho Horta   Contributor
Tom Lellis   Arranger,Producer
Jeremy Steig   Contributor
Larry Willis   Contributor
Vinnie Colaiuta   Contributor
Jamey Haddad   Contributor
Tim Horner   Contributor
Eddy Howard   Contributor
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Kip Reed   Contributor
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer
Stan Dunn   Liner Notes
Kent Judkins   Art Direction

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