Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sample Shirley Horn

If you're looking for a good sampler from pianist and singer Shirley Horn, who died last month, check out "But Beautiful, the Best of Shirley Horn" from Verve. The base group is a trio, mostly Horn and her guys Charles Ables on bass and Steve Williams on drums, but she's got interesting guests on some tracks, including a trumpeter name of Miles Davis on "You Won't Forget Me" and Wynton Marsalis on "A Time for Love." Roy Hargrove plays on two live performances "Jelly, Jelly" and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was."

I suspect that Peggy Lee would have been darn impressed with Horn's torchy rendition of "Fever." But my personal favorite is probably "You Don't Know Me," where she accompanies herself on the B-3, although Horn and symphony orchestra on "If You Love Me" is a close second. Classy music all the way through.

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