Vocalist and pianist Teri Thornton recorded a number of albums in the early 60s and then virtually disappeared from the scene. I'll Be Easy To Find finds Ms. Thornton, now 64-years-old, in fine form, her voice still strong. Thornton’s vocal interpretations display the kind of maturity and sincerity often born of hard times. The opening track, her signature Somewhere In The Night, evokes memories of Carmen and Sarah. Thornton swings gently through I Believe In You and then scats Ella-like on the classic It Ain’t Necessarily So. Few jazz artists have “covered” The Lord’s Prayer. That makes her emotive rendition, ...read more
Singer Teri Thornton gained fairly wide recognition in the early 1960s but then fell into prolonged obscurity. Recently rediscovered" by manager/producer Suzi Reynolds, the talented Thornton, now 65 years old and battling cancer, placed in the 1998 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, played the Village Vanguard, and got signed to Verve. I’ll Be Easy to Find is her emotionally charged comeback.Thornton’s wide, swooping vibrato suggests Sarah Vaughan, but her somewhat dry timbre is closer to Carmen McRae. Her respectable songwriting puts her in the company of Abbey Lincoln, and her quirky pianistics on three cuts recall Nina ...read more
“This girl has got to make it. If she doesn’t, something’s very wrong.” This was Freddie Green, speaking of Teri Thornton when this album was made. For the longest time, the prediction seemed amiss: dropped by Riverside after two albums, decades of obscurity, cancer – many things got in the way of the dream. But it never ended: in September of 1998, with Norman Simmons at the keys, Teri Thornton won the vocal competition of the Thelonious Monk Institute, at once gaining recognition denied her for ages. In light of this triumph, her first album has been reissued, and it ...read more
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