Chris Connor – Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers (1954/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 21:05 minutes | 352 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Digital Booklet | © Bethlehem Records
Originally released in 1954 on 10-inch vinyl in conjunction with Sings Lullabys of Birdland, this Bethlehem debut from Chris Connor was an overnight success and became one of the label’s biggest sellers. Connor is backed on these songs by the Vinnie Burke Quartet, featuring an unconventional lineup of instruments that includes Ronny Odrich on clarinet and flute and Don Burns on accordion.
Chris Connor epitomized cool jazz singing in the 1950s. Influenced by Anita O’Day, the torchy, smoky singer wasn’t one for aggression. She used subtlelty and restraint to her maximum advantage. Connor debuted as a solor artist in 1953, recording three albums for Bethlehem Records. She reached the height of her popularity in the 1950s, when she delivered her celebrated versions of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and George Shearing’s “Lullaby of Broadway,” and recorded such excellent albums as ‘The Rich Sound of Chris Connor’ and ‘Lullabies of Birdland’ for Bethlehem.
01 – Lush Life
02 – Out Of This World
03 – A Cottage For Sale
04 – How Long?
05 – Goodbye
06 – Stella By Starlight
07 – Gone With The Wind
08 – He’s Coming Home
Recorded in NYC on August 21, 1954.
Chris Connor – vocals
Don Burns – accordion
Ronnie Odrich – flute, clarinet
Joe Cinderella – guitar
Vinnie Burke – bass
Art Mardigan – drums