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Vocalist Chris Connor first achieved national prominence during a ten-month stint with band leader Stan Kenton in 1952. Between 1956 and 1963, Connor recorded 12 fabulous albums for Atlantic Records and this 40-track, 2-CD set, provides a comprehensive overview of her output with the label. The repertoire features some of the best tunes from the classic American songbook and each showcases Connor's cool, limpid tone and vibratoless delivery. She is accompanied by some of the greatest names in jazz. Al Cohn (tenor), Maynard Ferguson (trumpet), Phil Woods (alto), Clark Terry (trumpet), and Kenny Burrell (guitar) are just some of the giants who appear throughout. The instrumental settings range from conductor Ralph Burns's large string orchestra, to the quiet intimacy of a standard jazz trio. This attractively packaged set includes a finely detailed booklet, packed with useful information on Connor's career and each track of this compilation. An essential purchase for fans of the "cool school." (*****)
Jazz is a creative explosion of individual freedom and communication.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was a kid. My father had a music store.
The best live performance I ever attended was Kenny Garrett in Harlem, New York.
The first jazz record I bought was Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins.
My advice to new listeners is keep listening!