"Come in and join the party," Lena calls, slapping her long fingers on an empty seat.
You best take her invitation, ‘cuz Ms. Horne knows of what she sings. Long-established as a jazz legend, Lena Horne continues her reign as queen of the blue note with her latest Blue Note release. In addition to touching up personal favorites such as "As Long As I Live" (which sparkles as brightly as when Horne performed it live for her classic concert collection "The Lady and Her Music," yet with even more snap and sheen), Horne creeps through "It’s Alright With Me" and clips through "Willow Weep For Me." Always a lady, she opens wide to proclaim "After You" and allows a "Sleepin’ Bee" to laze undistrubed while she surveys the musical lansdscape. Though she may not have the note-holding force of her past, Lena Horne is still as brassy and clarion bold as her name would dictate. Asking the musical questions "What Am I Here For" and "How Long Has This Been Going On," Lena simultaneously answers these questions for her listeners: To hear her sing, and for as long as she continues to do so.
Track Listing: 1. Some of My Best Friends Are the Blues
2. As Long as I Live
3. Autumn in New York
4. It's All Right With Me
5. Sleepin' Bee
7. How Long Has This Been Going On?
8. After You
9. Willow Weep for Me
10. What Am I Here For?
Learning Jazz gave me a masters degree in music. Jazz is American Classical Music, came
out of a need to be heard, to be understood, a voice when black America did not have one.
This is why the music is more than just an art form, it was created from blood, guts and heart
of those who suffered in this world. Its not to be taken lightly. If you do take it lightly it will
never sound right. Thank you to all the courageous musicians who made the world hear
them, their innovation came out of their experiences of the time that they lived. A treasure to
the world. American Classical Music. Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate a quote by Clark Terry.