by Lilian Terry


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It isn't difficult to understand why many people who consider themselves serious, truly obsessive connoisseurs of jazz singing have never heard of Lilian Terry. Although talented, the veteran singer has recorded infrequently; plus, she has never recorded for an American label. All of her albums have come out on European labels, and even though she's better known in Europe than she is in the United States, European listeners don't have a huge Lilian Terry catalog as a reference. One person Emotions (which was recorded in Chicago in 2000 and released by Switzerland's TCB label in 2003) often inspires comparisons to is Carol Sloane -- not because Sloane is necessarily an actual influence, but because Terry uses subtlety in a similar fashion and shares some of Sloane's influences (especially Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday). Like Sloane, Terry clearly identifies with Fitzgerald's softer, gentler side. But Terry has a much more multilingual outlook than any of those artists; someone who was born in Cairo, Egypt, and has lived in both Italy and France is bound to speak more than one language. When Terry sings in English, she does it with a slight accent -- but only a slight accent. Her English is quite understandable on Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss" and Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," and she is equally appealing when she sings in Portuguese on several Brazilian songs and in French on Michel Legrand's "Once Upon a Summertime." Terry even sings in Arabic (specifically, an Egyptian dialect of Arabic) on a very North African-minded version of Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia." No one will accuse Terry of being a belter -- she definitely values subtlety and understatement -- and that approach serves her well on this decent, enjoyable disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
Label: Tcb Music
UPC: 0725095221528
catalogNumber: 2215

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lilian Terry   Primary Artist,Vocals
Von Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Rusty Jones   Drums
David Marr   Bass,Accordion
Lynn Colwell   Trombone,Euphonium
Francesco Crosara   Piano
Adel Fadel   Violin
Edward Hanna   Tabla
Bruce Knepper   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Lilian Terry   Liner Notes,Song Notes
Baden Powell   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Joanie Pallatto   Engineer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Bradley Parker-Sparrow   Engineer
Peter Schmidlin   Executive Producer
Eddy Marnay   Composer
Dolores Durán   Composer
Antoine Le Grand   Composer
Gigi Schmid-Huetiger   Artwork
Francesco Crosara   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Julia Beale   Cover Design
Franca Manera   Cover Photo
André Salvet   Composer

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