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4.7 out of 5 stars
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The Art Of The Song
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on 4 May 2001
It doesn't get any better: gorgeous, lush strings; rich vocals, and top notch songs by first class songwriters. This album is one of the most pleasurable listening experiences I've enjoyed in ages. Shirley Horn's voice is like fine chocolate, and Bill Henderson offers warm, comfortable readings of his choices of song. And don't miss the final track on the album, when Charlie Haden himself sings "Wayfaring Stranger" in a most understated, heartfelt mode.
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on 12 August 2014
A wonderful CD, Beautifully played and a pleasure to have in my CD collection.
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on 4 June 2014
What’s going on here? Charlie Haden is a bass player best known for his free jazz. But on 1999’s The Art of the Song he went into somewhat different territory of ballads from multiple genres, backed by Alan Broadbent’s string arrangements. (Broadbent was the pianist in Haden’s ensemble of that time, Quartet West). Vocals on the album were shared out between Shirley Horn and Bill Henderson, but on the final track, the folk song/spiritual “Wafarin’ Stanger” Haden himself is singing in a vulnerable-sounding, untutored voice, well out of his comfort zone. It’s very simple and affecting. “I’m only going over Jordan – I’m only going over home”
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