- Audio CD (5 Mar. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Disconforme
- ASIN: B006YTLL2W
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Embers & Ashes/Where Are You Going - Shirley Horn - 2 LPs on 1 CD plus bonus track Import
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2 LPs on 1 CD! + 1 BONUS TRACK Shirley Horn s complete original debut LP Embers and Ashes (Stere-O-Craft RTS 16/Hi-Life LP HL-55). Also, we have added another complete small group album by the singer, Where Are You Going (Perception PLP-31), recorded a decade later, as well as, as a final bonus, a single rendering of Gershwin s A Foggy Day on which she is backed by violinist Stuff Smith. Includes 12-page booklet.
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During the course of her long career Shirley, who cited Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner and Ahmad Jamal as her greatest influences, worked with Jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis and Toots Thielemans, among many many more, and was regarded by all as a master of vocalizing with her lush contralto voice while playing complicated piano bars.
She formed her first combo, a trio, in 1954, armed with a combination of her Howard University training and knowledge gleaned from sneaking into venues in the famed U Street district of Washington. At age 25, in August 1959, she cut sides at the Edgewood Recording Studios in Washington for the Verve label with Jazz violinist/vocalist Stuff Smith, pianist John Eaton, bassist Lewis Packer, and drummer Harry T. 'Stump' Saunders, cutting songs like the Gershwin's `S Wonderful, A Foggy Day (included in this compilation), I Loves You, Porgy, Oh, Lady Be Good, and others, and that brought her to the attention of Miles Davis early the next year.
That collaboration led to acclaimed albums for small labels like Stere-O-Craft and Philips before hooking up later in the 1960s with giants such as Mercury and ABC-Paramount, working primarily with long-time associates Charles Ables on bass and drummer Steve Williams. A renowned perfectionist, especially in the studio, it seems the British Invasion did not sit well with her, although their domination of the North American singles charts from early 1964 on for the next few years shouldn't have mattered one way or another because she was not a singles-type artist, nor did she ever achieve a whole lot of commercial success, in spite of her popularity with Jazz critics.
Complications due to diabetes forced her to cut back her performances drastically in the early 2000s when she lost a foot to the disease, at which point the piano-playing was turned over to George Mesterhazy. Adding to her health problems was breast cancer and on October 20, 2005 the 9-time Grammy-nominee passed away following a massive stroke at age 71. Among her many honors is the 2005 National Endowment For The Arts Jazz Masters Award.
With great sound reproduction this also comes with a highly-interesting 12-page insert. Recommended for all Jazz enthusiasts.