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Along with June Christy, Helen O'Connell, and Julie London, Chris Connor epitomized cool jazz singing in the 1950s. Influenced by Anita O'Day, the torchy, smoky singer wasn't one for aggression. Like Chet Baker on the trumpet or Paul Desmond and Lee Konitz on alto sax, she used subtlety and restraint to their maximum advantage. At the University of Missouri, Connor (who had studied ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Connor Store

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  • Audio CD (May 14, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002I3N
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. But Not For Me
2. Of Thee I Sing
3. Strike Up The Band
4. I've Got A Crush On You
5. Soon
6. Liza
7. Looking For A Boy
8. I Got Rhythm
9. I've Got Beginner's Luck
10. Slap That Bass
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Nice Work If You Can Get It
2. Blah Blah Blah
3. They Can't Take That Away From Me
4. Clap Yo Hands
5. Little Jazzbird
6. I Was Doing All Right
7. My One And Only
8. That Certain Feeling
9. Fascinating Rhythm
10. Our Love Is Here To Stay
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Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (2CD) Disc One by CONNOR, CHRIS

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Chris Connor recorded her Gershwin collection about the time Sarah Vaughan was doing hers. They were released about the same time and both sold equally, rather than competed for sales, because they were so different. Sarah's glorious album is pop-centered in terms of approach and large orchestral arrangements, though she can't help but take a jazz point of view on her vocals. It's a superb album and the C.D. version is even better, with alternate takes and portions of recording sessions. Chris' album was totally jazz in approach, relying on small jazz combos for accompaniment and approaching virtually every song as if it had never been sung before. When this album was released Chris was about a year into her career at Atlantic Records, a career that out of the gate aroused gigantic record sales unusual for a jazz artist. This albuma actually was recorded after "A Jazz Date," but that album eventually appeared two albums later (trivia for you Chris buffs). This a low-key, cool album with an intellectual approach to the material. Forty-five years after its first release it remains provocative, endlessly listenable and just as hip as can be. The extra tracks are Chris recordings of Gershwin songs originally on other albums (the Maynard Ferguson tracks all were released before, incidentally) and make the C.D. version even more attractive. Yes, when you see the photos you'll note that at this point Chris and Doris Day resembled each other. Interestingly, Chris was/is a gigantic Doris Day fan and Doris was/is a gigantic Chris fan. As an artist and individual, Chris has long been one of the most popular people in show business.Read more ›
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By N. Dorward on August 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ella Fitzgerald is still probably the singer most associated with single-composer recitals, but this 2-CD set by Chris Connor is fully worthy of comparison with Fitzgerald's Gershwin set--indeed, I think I prefer it. Connor's warm voice is given a wide range of settings here, all of them (with the exception of "But Not for Me" and a few previously unreleased tracks with Maynard Ferguson) with small combos. Arrangements are mostly by the pianist Ralph Sharon, & are clever & tasteful but never fussy--there's sometimes a charming period flavour, as in the sly quotation of that West-Coast staple, "Bernie's Tune", in the arrangement to "Strike Up the Band", or the use of three-trombone arrangements for much of disc 2. He likes to keep the verses to the tunes, too, which is a wise move (it adds immeasurably to tunes like "Fascinating Rhythm" or "I Got Rhythm"). Connor handles the lighter-hearted Gershwin tunes like "Slap That Bass" & "Little Jazzbird" with style & wit, while ballads like "A Foggy Day" (given a brilliant, bluesy arrangement by Sharon) or "Our Love Is Here to Stay" receive luminous readings, understated but tremendously moving. Her accompanists include many fine names, like Hank Jones, Joe Newman, Al Cohn, Joe Puma, Herbie Mann, Jaki Byard, Kenny Burrell and Milt Jackson. This is a fine set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After forty plus years, this material remains timeless, as a good classic ought. It's repeatedly listenable; reveals something new every time; has many moments one awaits with anticipation. The Gershwins will continue to get ever greater in apprehension of their place in Music as time goes by. Everybody takes a crack at interpreting the Gershwins, but not even Ella nor Sassy nail it like Chris Connor has.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Lee on February 10, 2012
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Chris Connor is simply unmatched in this material. The balance between freshness and insight, improvisation and discipline, intellect and feeling and so on is stunning! BUT what makes this set spectacular is that each song gets its due (no mean feat with Gershwin!), yet it all makes sense taken together as an album. This is not a collection of songs so much as a song cycle, and the unity is not top down from the arrangements and sequencing. It all hangs together because of the inner workings of each song; the jazz, the swing, the joy and the brains of Chris Connor weaves them all into an unforgettable experience.

By the way, here is the album I am talking about. You will need to re-create it yourself by re-ordering the CD tracks unless you have a copy of the LP handy. This is how it was meant to be listened to and the way the CDs should have been arranged to match the original LPs.
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