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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Compilation with Three Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks, January 5, 2010
This review is from: But Beautiful: The Best of (Audio CD)
The Los Angeles Times once described Shirley Horn as "the preeminent jazz vocalist of her time...an incomparable original." Indeed, she was! And she truly made a mark and left a lasting impression in the music world with her distinctive voice, inimitable style of delivering songs, and her flair at piano playing.

This compilation album, "But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn," represents some of her best recordings from Verve Records plus three previously unreleased live bonus tracks that she recorded at Au Bar in New York City in January of 2005 with Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Ed Howard on bass, Steve Williams on drums, Buck Hill on saxophone and George Mesterhazy on guitar.

"A Time For Love," "Here's To Life" and "If You Love Me" are three of her recognizable songs that were taken from her most sublime album titled "Here's To Life." Johnny Mandel's exquisite arrangements and lush orchestrations added an element of timeless quality and ethereal appeal to Shirley Horn's renditions making this trio of songs the album's high points of interest. The brilliant arranger has brought out the very best in Shirley Horn who stamped her signature on these songs and made them her very own. No one has ever interpreted such songs with so much sentiment and authority than the extraordinary singer herself. She was a rare talent, a consummate jazz singer who also played the piano in an absolutely beautiful technique.

This collection is a veritable testament of Shirley Horn's love and dedication to her craft and it certainly show in each note of every song. Her music, particularly the recordings that she collaborated with Johnny Mandel, has lasting appeal to one's ears. So if you're a true-blue fan of Shirley Horn or simply a dedicated listener of vocal jazz, you should not miss out on this superb compilation album. Give it a special spot in your music library. I can guarantee a very enjoyable listen from start to finish.
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2010 11:57:40 AM PST
Great review. (But stop it, Rebecca: I'm going to go broke on your recommended purchases!)
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