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5.0 out of 5 stars COOL SINGER PAR EXCELLENCE, 19 Jun 2013
This review is from: Four Classic Albums Plus (Sings Lullabys Of Birdland / Chris / This Is Chris / Chris Connor) (Audio CD)
This compilation presents some of Chris Connor's earliest recordings. It begins with four separate sessions, namely the Sy Oliver Orchestra in December 1953, the Ellis Larkins Trio and the Vinnie Burke Trio, both in August 1954, and the Ralph Sharon Quintet and Septet in April 1955. Originally they were allocated piecemeal to three Bethlehem albums, namely "Lullabys (sic) of Birdland", "Chris" and "This is Chris", but are presented here in the order in which they were recorded. That's followed by two Atlantic albums; "Chris Connor" dates from January/February 1956, and the first side of "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" from June 1956, with orchestra conducted by Ralph Burns. Chris Connor was typed as one of the cool singers, in the manner of June Christy, who brought her to Stan Kenton's attention. Her voice was warm and husky with vibrato used sparingly, and her delivery was deliberately restrained. The end result is a subtle and elegant reading of the lyrics which is in a class of its own.
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