It's always a thrill when Shirley Horn releases a new album. She's the kind of living legend that you would and should make every effort to see perform live. Imagine being a jazz fan when Louis Armstrong was alive and touring.
Horn has said in interviews that she tries to paint a picture in her songs. Her jazz is a water-color painting of flowing brushstrokes. She stylizes her arrangements with long, lazy notes and rests and wanders through the path at her own speed. As if, perhaps, she's savoring it.
The piece de resistance of the album is "Solitary Moon," a lush, dreamlike five-minute track. Her cover of "The Best is Yet to Come," is loungy, not quite as sexified as Sinatra's version. Her swingy version of "Why Don't You Do Right" is a fun Ellingtonian romp.
If you're not familiar with Horn's music, she's a must-have for her artistry. If you're already a die-hard fan, pick up this album for your collection.
Track Listing: 1. You're My Thrill, 2. The Best is Yet to Come, 3. Solitary Moon, 4. Sharing the Night with the Blues, 5. I Get Lost in His Arms, 6. The Rules of the Road, 7. My Heart Stood Still, 8. You'd Better Love Me (While You May), 9. The Very Thought of You, 10. Why Don't You Do Right, 11. All Night Long
Personnel: Shirley Horn - piano, vocals; Charles Ables - bass; Steve Williams - percussion; Special Guests: Alan Broadbent - piano; Brian Bromberg - bass; Dorival Caymmi; Chuck Domanico - bass; Russell Malone - guitar; Carol Saunders - trumpet solo.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.