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Ultimate Shirley Horn
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
This 16-track compilation was put together by vocalist-pianist Diana Krall as part of Verve's Ultimate series, in which younger artists selected their favorite recordings by influential jazz masters. Krall's tasteful choic... more »
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This 16-track compilation was put together by vocalist-pianist Diana Krall as part of Verve's Ultimate series, in which younger artists selected their favorite recordings by influential jazz masters. Krall's tasteful choices draw from Horn's 1980s and '90s releases I Thought About You, Close Enough for Love,You Won't Forget Me, Here's to Life, Light out of Darkness, and I Remember Miles. There are also two selections from her 1963 debut, Loads of Love/Shirley Horn with Horns. Horn's voice sounds lighter and clearer on these tracks, and the stock studio arrangements lack the sparse, fine-tuned phrasing of her trio. But the rudiments of her distinctive style were already in place when she made these early recordings. --Rick Mitchell
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Samuel Chell | Kenosha,, WI United States | 12/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Verve's "Ultimate" reissues are based on two assumptions: 1. An artist's greatest performances are limited to those recorded for the Verve label; 2. The best judge of the featured artist's performances must necessarily be another, even more popular, performer. As a result of these highly dubious critieria, I've been disappointed in previous "Ultimate" collections, most notably the Bill Evans selections chosen from Verve's vaults by Herbie Hancock.This selection of Shirley Horne material must necessarily come up short because it contains only a couple of the tracks from one of the most consistently stunning, aesthetically-satisfying vocal albums ever recorded: Horne/Mandel's "Here's to Life." Any collection that doesn't include the entirety of that album, with soul-stirring, miraculous performances of rare treasures such as "Return to Paradise" and "If You Love Me" (as moving as the Piaf original), is far from the "Ultimate Shirley Horne." Call this a dilution, an illustration, a partial representation--but don't abuse the English language with another unearned superlative."
Four stars and a half...the best is yet to come
Bruno Gran | 06/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Shirley Horn is my dearest jazz singer... that's why I don't agree with Diana Krall's song selection (you know this CD is in the "ultimate" series, where artists choose other artists' work): to convey the idea of Shirley's music I would have picked more silky, soft, sexy tunes. Krall preferred more "jazzy" ones, perhaps more inspiring for her own style. But there IS a thrilling tune here by young Shirley, "Do it again". For me, more sexy than I can say in English. As a Horn fan and gourmet, I am always glad I got one more of her records. If you are a beginner, start from her most recent CD, "You're my thrill", and go backwards one-by-one..."
Rookie Shirley Horn Fan!
Darah L. Woods | EUCLID, OHIO | 10/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must say I'm probably not the one to ask a serious question about the style, previous recordings, classic hits, or anything for the matter about Shirley Horn. After reading the other reviews, I thought I'm truly out of my leauge, then I realized there are people who may not have ever even heard of Shirley ( I hadn't b4 purchasing this c.d) and so my insight is going to be different, but hopefully helpful. I was thoroughly impressed by the entire recording. She's a flawless singer, yes her voice is flawless, and sexy, and rich, hauntingly beautiful. I listen to the whole C.D over, and over they're all my favorite. I don't have anything previous to compare it to. The other reviews just make me want to buy more Shirley Horn music, which i'm going to do right away!"