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Chris Connor - The Early Years 1952-56

Chris Connor - The Early Years 1952-56

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Chris Connor was one of female jazz singers of the post-war era, who sang with the innovative big bands of the day before embarking on a solo career.

With her albums encompassing not only jazz but stylish interpretations of the Great American Songbook, she was placed among that coterie of sophisticated pop performers.

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, she became proficient on the clarinet, having studied for eight years during middle school and high school.

“Playing the clarinet trained me in the basics of breath control, which is very important for singing,” said the singer. She also haunted the local record shop, listening to Peggy Lee, an obvious influence, as well as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, saying: “I listened hard, not just to the melodies but to the words and the phrasing.”

She enjoyed a career that spanned more than four decades, performing and recording into the 1990s, but this set focuses on the early years of her career as she established her reputation and laid the groundwork for her prolific album output through the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.

This 73-track set includes early singles on the Decca, Capitol and Bethlehem labels, some with Stan Kenton’s orchestra, plus some ‘live’ recordings with Claude Thornhill’s orchestra. Tracks are lifted from her albums Sings Lullabys Of Birdland, Sings Lullabys For Lovers and This Is Chris for Bethlehem, and Chris Connor and He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not for Atlantic.

It includes performances with the orchestras of Claude Thornhill, Stan Kenton, Sy Oliver, Ralph Burns and Ray Ellis, plus the Ellis Larkins Trio, Vinnie Burke Quartet and small groups featuring Herbie Mann, Milt Hinton, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, John Lewis, Oscar Pettiford and Connie Kay.

This is a fine showcase for an artist who has not received the attention she merits over the years.


TRACKS

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 You're The Cream In My Coffee Chris Connor

2

Raisins And Almonds Chris Connor
3 Come Rain Or Come Shine Chris Connor
4 Sorta Kinda Chris Connor
5 Wish You Were Here Chris Connor
6 And The Bull Walked Around, Olay Chris Connor
7 Jeepers Creepers Chris Connor
8 If I Should Lose You Chris Connor
9 All About Ronnie Chris Connor
10 I Get A Kick Out Of You Chris Connor
11 Blue Silhouette [Blue Sunshine] Chris Connor
12 Miser's Serenade Chris Connor
13 Ask Me Chris Connor
14 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah Chris Connor
15 I Hear Music Chris Connor
16 What Is There To Say Chris Connor
17 Come Back To Sorrento Chris Connor
18 Why Shouldn't I Chris Connor
19 Lullaby Of Birdland Chris Connor
20 Try A Little Tenderness Chris Connor
21 All About Ronnie Chris Connor
22 Spring Is Here Chris Connor
23 Lush Life Chris Connor
24 Cottage For Sale Chris Connor
25 How Long Has This Been Going On Chris Connor
26 Gone With The Wind Chris Connor
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Out Of This World Chris Connor
2 Goodbye Chris Connor
3 Stella By Starlight Chris Connor
4 He's Coming Home Chris Connor
5 Blame It On My Youth Chris Connor
6 It's All Right With Me Chris Connor
7 Someone To Watch Over Me Chris Connor
8 Trouble Is A Man Chris Connor
9 All This And Heaven Too Chris Connor
10 The Thrill Is Gone Chris Connor
11 I Concentrate On You Chris Connor
12 All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart Chris Connor
13 From This Moment On Chris Connor
14 Ridin' High Chris Connor
15 Everything I Love Chris Connor
16 Indian Summer Chris Connor
17 A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing Chris Connor
18 Don't Wait Up For Me Chris Connor
19 In Other Words (Fly Me To The Moon) Chris Connor
20 Go 'Way From My Window Chris Connor
21 Past The Age Of Innocence Chris Connor
22 I Miss You So Chris Connor
23 My Heart Is So Full For You Chris Connor
24 I Get A Kick Out Of You Chris Connor
25 Something To Live For Chris Connor
26 Way Out There Chris Connor
Disc 3 
Track Title Artist
1 Get Out Of Town Chris Connor
2 Where Are You Chris Connor
3 Anything Goes Chris Connor
4 When The Wind Was Green Chris Connor
5 He Was Too Good To Me Chris Connor
6 You Make Me Feel So Young Chris Connor
7 Ev'rytime Chris Connor
8 My April Heart Chris Connor
9 Almost Like Being In Love Chris Connor
10 High On A Windy Hill Chris Connor
11 Round About Chris Connor
12 Angel Eyes Chris Connor
13 You Stepped Out Of A Dream Chris Connor
14 Why Can't I Chris Connor
15 Suddenly It's Spring Chris Connor
16 About The Blues Chris Connor
17 Oh! You Crazy Moon Chris Connor
18 But Not For Me Chris Connor
19 I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry Chris Connor
20 I Wonder What Became Of Me Chris Connor
21 Thursday's Child Chris Connor
  • Artist:
    Chris Connor
  • EAN:
    824046911522
  • Discs:
    3
  • FORMAT:
    CD
  • Release:
    October 2021
  • Product Code:
    ACTRCD9115
  • Weight:
    0.2kg