A Song for You

A Song for You

by Ernestine Anderson

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Overview

A Song for You

It is hard to believe that Ernestine Anderson was within a few months of her eightieth birthday at the time of this 2008 session, but she shows the wisdom of a veteran vocalist in her interpretations of this collection of standards, ballads, and pop songs, often proving that less is indeed more. Well complemented by tenor saxophonist Houston Person (who was an important presence on so many of the late vocalist Etta Jones' albums), pianist LaFayette Harris, bassist Chip Jackson, and drummer Willie Jones, Anderson sings with a confidence that makes each song sound like a first take. She masters the catchy midtempo setting of "Make Someone Happy," a piece often played painfully slow in order to get a sense of drama, but her upbeat treatment is a fine alternative. She knows how to sing a ballad, demonstrated in her richly textured and soulful rendition of the timeless "Skylark." She is equally at home with pop material like Leon Russell's "A Song for You" and her superb, very deliberate take of "Candy," with soulful fills inserted by Person. This is a potent effort by a singer who remains very much in her prime.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2009
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375718725
catalogNumber: 7187
Rank: 152415

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ernestine Anderson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone
Lafayette Harris   Piano
Chip Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Willie Jones   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Todd Barkan   Producer,Author,Audio Production
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Lorenz Hart   Composer
S. Lewis   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Katherine Miller   Engineer
Reed Ruddy   Engineer
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
A. Kramer   Composer
M. David   Composer
J. Whitney   Composer
A. Green   Composer
P. Weston   Composer

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