Better Than Anything: The Quintessential Nnenna Freelon

Better Than Anything: The Quintessential Nnenna Freelon

by Nnenna Freelon


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Better Than Anything: The Quintessential Nnenna Freelon

Nnenna Freelon has recorded for the Concord label since 1996. Better Than Anything has some of the high points from her first nine years with the company, drawing its dozen selections from six previously released CDs. Freelon had developed into an individual voice and a subtle improviser before she hooked up with Concord but she has grown in depth ever since, being increasingly willing to take chances and stretch herself into other idioms while staying true to her jazz vision. On Better Than Anything, seven of the dozen selections are jazz standards, with "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Balm in Gilead" being among the exceptions. But even such tunes as "Them There Eyes" (taken from a project that had modernized versions of Billie Holiday-associated songs) and "Body and Soul" sound different than expected. The most joyful performance is "Straighten Up and Fly Right," which teams Freelon with Take 6. They should record a full-length project someday. Better Than Anything is an excellent all-round sampler, although Nnenna Freelon's best fans will prefer to obtain her original CDs individually.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2008
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072305144
catalogNumber: 30514
Rank: 139580

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nnenna Freelon   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sounds of Blackness   Vocals,Background Vocals
Take 6   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gerald Albright   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tim Heintz   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Dave Valentin   Flute
Beverly Botsford   Percussion
Michael Abene   Piano
Wayne Batchelor   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Luis Conte   Percussion
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
James Harrah   Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Ed Neumeister   Trombone
Dick Oatts   Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Penn   Drums
Peter Washington   Bass
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Anschell   Piano
Scott Sawyer   Guitar
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Woody Williams   Drums
Matt Shulman   Trumpet
Julian Lage   Guitar
Jessica Ivry   Cello
Brandon McCune   Organ,Piano
Takana Miyamoto   Piano,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
John Brown Quintet/Ray Codrington   Bass

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Nnenna Freelon   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Michael Abene   Audio Production
Lew Brown   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Don Mizell   Liner Notes
Stan Vincent   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Brandon McCune   Arranger
Kent Liu   Licensing
Bill Loughborough   Composer

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