Here's To Life
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Here's To Life

5 Oct 2000

£8.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Here's To Life
Come A Little Closer / Wild Is The Wind
How Am I To Know
A Time For Love
Where Do You Start
You're Nearer
Return To Paradise
Isn't It A Pity?
Quietly There
If You Love Me (Really Love Me)
Summer (Estaté)

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  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1992 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:02:00
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  • ASIN: B001KRE12A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,895 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should own a copy of this record 23 Jan 2003
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amazon permits a maximum of 1000 words for these reviews, not necessary in this case. Simply put, Shirley Horn's exquisite vocal interpretations of a superbly chosen programme of music combine with Johnny Mandel's achingly beautiful orchestrations to create quite possibly the greatest hour of recorded music I have ever heard. Some listeners may need to have Kleenex handy!
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In this unusual CD from 1992, her first CD with a full orchestra in almost thirty years, Shirley Horn teams up with composer/orchestra leader Johnny Mandel. Horn has always sung as part of a trio, playing piano (which she considers her primary skill) to the accompaniment of Charles Ables on bass and Steve Williams on drums, and she insisted on recording the songs on this CD originally with just Ables and Williams backing her. Mandel, adapting his own arrangements to her recordings, enhances and emphasizes her music instead of competing with it.
As is usually the case, Horn slows down her tempo and sings quietly, sometimes even whispering the words to convey the emotion and drama of the lyrics, as the violins and violas from Mandel's orchestra add to the romance quietly in the background, often playing only chords throughout. Most of the songs begin a capella (or nearly so) with Horn adding her piano to her voice before the song takes off.
Three of the most interesting songs are, not surprisingly, Mandel's own songs. "A Time for Love," in which Horn laughs when she sings of holding hands, also features a trumpet solo by Wynton Marsalis halfway through, Marsalis playing brightly, but not brassily, in deference to the mood. Marsalis also solos in "Quietly There," another Mandel song in which the vibes provide accents to the unusual harmonies and disharmonies of this jazzy interpretation. (Marsalis agreed to substitute for Miles Davis, who passed away before the CD was completed.) "Where Do You Start," about the breakup of a household, begins, unusually, with the full orchestra to which Horn adds her piano before beginning to sing, a song of great poignancy and sadness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up with all the greats 2 Oct 2009
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I'd not heard of Shirley Horn before (I'm only in my seventies), but having read that Barbra (another of my favourites) was an affectionado and had included "Here's to Life" on her latest album as a mark of her esteem I felt I had to try it. In no way was I disappointed such that in browsing in a record shop I found "I Remember Miles" which is now in my modest collection. If you want sophistication in both piano playing and singing then Shirley Horn's albums are a must to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come a little closer 15 Sep 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have the great mezzo soprano Joyce Di Donato to thank for introducing me to this unique singer. The devastating title song from this classic album was her final choice on a recent Radio 3 programme she hosted. I was not only hooked, I was mesmerised.
When my copy of the disc arrived and I played it, my world toppled a little on its axis.
I`ve never heard a singer quite like this before. She`s nothing like Ella, Billie, Peggy, Dinah or Blossom. The nearest comparison would be the muted (in both senses) trumpet playing of her friend and champion Miles Davis, or maybe the sophisticated pianism of Bill Evans, that other romantic minimalist, or even Sinatra at his most ruminative, pining for someone just out of reach...
How to adequately convey the spell Shirley casts? Well, it`s usually way past midnight, the lights are invariably low, and the bartender is longing for his bed and, if lucky, the one he shares it with. She has an ageless voice (though she was in fact 58 when she recorded this, and 71 when she died in 2005). She prefers slow tempos - the understatement of the century! - and, when possible, accompanies herself on piano.
On this recording she is paired with the gently lush arrangements of Johnny Mandel, as well as various musicians who come and go like leaves in a balmy breeze, including Wynton Marsalis on two tracks. His haunting trumpet solo on A Time For Love is like a distant ship glimpsed in a fine mist.
Her repertoire (as, I believe, on all her records) is unexpected, and gratifyingly unhackneyed. I knew only a couple of these songs, one of them the Piaf staple Hymn a l`amour - here sung in English as If You Love Me.
Most of the songs` titles tell you what to expect: Come a Little Closer, You`re Nearer, Quietly There, Return To Paradise...
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