A Jazz Date with Chris Connor/Chris Craft

A Jazz Date with Chris Connor/Chris Craft

by Chris ConnorChris Connor

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Overview

Though inevitably, albeit accurately, listed as the third "cool canary" (after Anita O'Day and June Christy) to graduate from Stan Kenton's Orchestra to solo stardom, Connor was hardly the runt of the litter. Rather, she was, and still is, a commanding stylist, capable of swinging irresistibly ("Blow, Gabriel, Blow") as well as giving subtle interpretations of quality ballads ("Lonely Town"). As these two Atlantic albums show, Connor's work has much more of an East Coast edge to it than her L.A.-based predecessors. Connor combined the feeling of New York jazz -- Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson, and Oscar Pettiford, whom she even mentions in ad hoc lyrics to "Everything I've Got," are all here -- with the repertoire of the old Upper East Side cabaret rooms, swinging many a song otherwise associated with Mabel Mercer, such as Bart Howard's rapturous "On the First Warm Day."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/1994
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227174729
catalogNumber: 71747
Rank: 73921

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Connor   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eddie Costa   Vibes
Bobby Jaspar   Flute
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Sam Most   Flute
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Puma   Guitar
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Stan Free   Piano
Chano Pozo   Bongos
Percy Heath   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Epstein   Bass Clarinet,English Horn
Osie Johnson   Drums
Mongo Santamaría   Conga

Technical Credits

Fats Waller   Composer
Ralph Sharon   Arranger
Stan Free   Arranger
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Bob Doherty   Engineer
William Jerome   Composer
Howard Cook   Liner Notes
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer
Arthur Quenzer   Composer

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