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Travelin Light
Shirley Horn
Travelin Light
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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All Artists: Shirley Horn
Title: Travelin Light
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 3/15/1994
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011105013826

CD Reviews

Quiet Brilliance
D. Davis | Southern CA | 12/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I feel I must confess--it has taken me years to become a devoted fan of Shirley Horn (a fact that embarrasses me now, but the same once held true for me with Sarah Vaughan as well). But this Impulse label recording from 1965 shows the breathy and quiet brilliance of voacalist and pianist Shirley Horn. (If one is looking for name dropping on this recording, I might mention Kenny Burrell on guitar.) The first song, a Johnny Mercer number, lends the recording its title: This is without a doubt the best version of "Travelin' Light" I've ever heard; I'm sure a few Billie Holiday fans out there won't like this fact, but that's too bad. The ballad, "You're Blase," is marvelous. And although I'm not a Lennon-McCartney fan, Horn does a very good job on the last track, "And I Love Him." A few of these numbers swing (not like Ella, but swinging nonetheless); they are "Sunday in New York" and "Big City." One can certainly hear on this recording the effect Horn has had on the younger, less sophisticated, and less mature Diana Krall (who is admittedly a Horn fan). But Krall does not have Horn's maturity or jazz presence (if you've ever seen Krall in concert, you'll understand--she plays with her stringy hair too much). I like this Horn better than the Horn on "Here's to Life" The theme here is one of a quiet and sophisticated mood."
The best of the young Horn
hbubi | La Jolla, California United States | 09/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What's better than Shirley Horn? Two Shirley Horn's. I know of no other major vocalist who so clearly has two different periods which translate into two completely different personas. On this disk you get a sassy, swinging and young cross between Dinah Washington and Peggy Lee. It is my favorite early period Horn and one of my three all time favorite Horn's. You will like it a lot!"
If you like Diane Krall, you will also like this CD
hbubi | 01/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is very easy to be seduced by this music. The voice is rich and expressive, the phrasing is intellegent and witty, the piano is like another voice and the back-ups adds just the right dimension. Although it is easy to listen to, it is not by any means "easy listening." The artest is one of the most origional and has been copied by many current aspiring female singers. Some, such as Diane Krall, give her credit for being a major influance. If you are a Krall fan you will recognize that infulance immediatly.
One of Shirley's hallmarks is the moods she is able to evoke. Both "Sunday in New York" and "Big City" are so evacative of NYC that either one could be the theme song for that city. "You're Blase" is a perfect portrait of the bored and world-weary, sung by someone who obviously has the oppisite point of view. There is a witty humor here also - in songs like "Confession" and "Yes, I Know When I've Had It." If you like the blues you will love "Some of my best friends are the Blues". In Shirley's later recordings her voice has deteriated, although she lost none of her musical and power. I enjoy her later recordings, but here, her voice is fresh, and she has an optimism mixed with shophistocation which is very appealing. The only downside to this recording is that the cuts are fairly short by today's standards. Short though they may be, each is a gem to be enjoyed and heard over and over again."