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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, Ian Lace, Peter Woolf, Colin Clarke


SHIRLEY HORN

You're My Thrill
VERVE 549 417-2

Crotchet
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  1. You're My Thrill
  2. The Best is Yet to Come
  3. Solitary Moon
  4. Sharing the Night with the Blues
  5. I Got 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

THE SHIRLEY HORN TRIO
Shirley Horn - Piano, Vocals Charles Ables - Bass Steve Williams - Drums

GUESTS
Alan Broadbent - Piano (3) Brian Bromberg - Bass (2,4,6,8,10) Dori Caymmi - Guitar (4.6,10) Chuck Domanico - Bass (3) Russell Malone - Guitar (4,6,10) Carl Saunders - Trumpet (3) Trio Arrangements -Shirley Horn Orchestra arranged and conducted by Johnny Mandel

Shirley Horn is one of the 'Giants' of the jazz vocal, which she combines with being a superb pianist, so good in fact that the Late Miles Davies, numbered amongst her many admirers. She does not distort or change the melody as some jazz singers do, but instead she introduces subtle harmonic changes, which complement the original. Her pitching and diction are second to no one and her ability to deliver very slow tunes, without any need or requirement to fill the gaps, is unique.

Some fine scoring by producer, Johnny Mandel, an arranger and composer of the highest quality enhances the Album. Writing arrangements to complement the work of Shirley Horn, is a difficult task, for the most part her normal trio setting is complete, and nothing else is required. Johnny Mandel has been entirely successful with a set of backings so subtle, that they really succeed in enhancing the listening pleasure. On one of the tracks, a Mandel composition 'Solitary Moon', the use of Carl Saunders 'Miles' inspired Trumpet, brings another new dimension. The tracks with Shirley's regular trio with Charles Alder and Steve Williams, give a real feel for what it is to be at one of her 'live' performances. The trio is featured on five of the tracks; the bluesy guitar of Russell Malone is added to three of them and the other six have the benefit of the Mandel settings.

Everything about this album has a feel of real quality and class; I would have expected nothing else from an artiste of such stature. My favourite tracks are 'The Best is Yet to Come', 'My Heart Stood Still' and 'Why Don't You Do Right', but there is not a track that I would not want to hear again.

  Don Mather

Don Mather is a saxophone player and Bandleader in Coventry



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