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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Verve
  • Run Time: 56.33 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008Y4KJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2003 release, the final studio album from the Jazz singer and pianist.

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Shirley Horn is one of the great voices in jazz, her warmly breathy, slightly gritty voice investing ballads with rare depths of meaning. There's a level of emotional intensity here that's achieved by few singers, and it's made even more compelling by Horn's innate reserve. On May the Music Never End, Horn acts as producer as well, and she eschews the lush string accompaniments of 2001's You're My Thrill for the minimum accompaniment of a piano trio. It only magnifies the intimacy of her performance, with pianist George Mesterhazy's spare, understated chords gently lapping against her voice on songs like Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" and Michel LeGrand's "Watch What Happens." Long-time drummer Steve Williams adds real drama to "Everything Must Change." Horn has always had a special affinity with trumpet players--having recorded with both Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis--and here Roy Hargrove turns up on two tracks, adding subtle punch to "Take Love Easy" and "Ill Wind." There is also a guest appearance by Ahmad Jamal, and his sparkling piano further illuminates "Maybe September" and "This Is All I Am." --Stuart Broomer

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2003
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Simply Incredible that at 69 Ms. Horn can turn out an album like this. Especially given her personal health issues and the fact that she does not accompany herself as she ususally does, this is a 5+ star winner--one of the best of her career.
"If You Go Away" is haunting and magical at the same time--the best track on the CD. Not since "I Love You, Paris" has Ms. Horn been in such consistent top form, with each track a wondrous experience.
If this is your first introduction to Shirley Horn, you are in for a treat. If you don't know her work, what are you waiting for?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eric Holck on June 25, 2003
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Shirley Horn's pianos and vocals are so interdependent on each other that the whole has always been so much greater than the sum of the parts. Witness Horn's piano accompaniment of Carmen McRae's vocals on "Sarah: Dedicated to You" which, while sensitive and skilled, somehow lacked the Horn "magic". Similarly, when Horn lent her vocals to Charlie Haden's "Art of the Song", there was a hesitancy to them that one simply does not hear when she provides her own accompaniment (making her 2001 release, "You're My Thrill", a particularly welcome return to form). On this album, the recent amputation of Horn's right foot has forced her to leave the keyboard work to two other artists; this has resulted in a program which, while still masterful, leaves the listener wondering just how much finer it could have been with Horn in her rightful place seated at her Steinway. There is more breathiness here, and a far more tentative, less fluid approach to her singing which seems to be as much about remaining in step with her musicians as it does about providing emotional depth to the material (which is particularly noticeable on the slower ballads). The playlist is typically top-notch, of course - especially the mesmerizing "If You Go Away", the poignant "This is All I Ask" and the gorgeously sung title song that is almost ineffably moving. There is an autumnal cast to this album which, in view of Horn's recent health problems (coupled with the loss of her long-time bassist), cannot be merely coincidental. In fact, it almost appears as if Horn is saying goodbye to her listeners with this release - something no devoted fan of Horn wants to hear any time soon.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terrance H. Heath on April 6, 2004
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I've been a fan of Horn's since she released "You Won't Forget Me," and since then I've bought her recordings faithfully, and never been disappointed. Horn continues to please with "May the Music Never End." Where the title of "You Won't Forget Me" seems like a musical promise, "May the Music Never End" is surely the fervent hope of any Horn fan. Her choice of material is immpecable, as usual, and one notes the hint of a farewell in her choice of songs like "Yesterday," "If You Go Away," "Everything Must Change," and the title track. There's a moment in "Yesterday" when her voice breaks, either because she's approaching its limits or because of the emotional delivery. Either way, it works. But Horn truly hits her stride during the final half of the cd, beginning with a haunting take on "Ill Wind." The autumnal tone really takes hold with the final three songs: "Everything Must Change," "This Is All I Ask," and "May the Music Never End." It sounds as if Horn - after the death of her usual bass player, and her own health problems forced her to hand-off piano duties on this CD - is bidding a fond farewell to music and to the world. But Horn's fans certainly hope not. After all, we don't want the music to ever, ever end.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2003
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I just got home from doing some CD shopping, and turned on Shirley Horn's "May The Music Never End." As I type and listen - multi-tasking here - I can only say WOW! At age 69, Ms Horn is better than ever!
Joined by pianist extraordinaire, Ahmad Jamal, on four tracks, and flugelhornist Roy Hargrove, Ms. Horn sings in her distinctive, rich, soulful style. She is filled with love, emotional intensity - and is absolutely breathtaking! Shirley Horn is one of the few ballad singers who literally causes listeners' to hold their breath, as she weaves her spell, while the stories she sings unfold. She is a vocalist who has built her legend singing of heartbreak. And she can break your heart.
Her previous albums have received eight consecutive Grammy nominations. And this is one of her best ever. The twelve songs, filled with bittersweet longing, unrequited love, and love hard-won, include: Harold Arlen's classic "Ill Wind," Paul McCartney's and John Lennon's "Yesterday," Jacques Brel's brilliant "If You Go Away," Duke Ellington's "Take Love Easy," Michel LeGrand's "Watch What Happens," (with a bossa nova beat), and a bluesy version of "Forget Me."
This entire collection is heartfelt and top-notch! Shirley Horn, may your music never end!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W Cooney on August 19, 2003
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I never thought Horn could top an album like "Here's to Life" or a track like "You Won't Forget Me," but she does both here. Not only is this her best album and clearly a front runner as the best album of 2003, but her English rendition of "Ne Quitte Pas" is phenomenal. This track should be required listening for every Mariah screamer and American Idol dramatist out there. She manages to oscillate between joy and pain in this brief song as if the two emotions were her invention.
If there is any drawback to this album, it is twofold: The Beatles' track, "Yesterday" exposes how trite the lyrics to that song are, and, more grave, there is a sense that Horn is calling it a career here. I hope it's not the case, but if it is, she knows how to end it. Why she is not a national treasure, I don't know.
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