Saturday, November 28, 2015
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not - Chris Connor
Available from your usual online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.
From the back cover: Until now, Chris has customarily been heard in a jazz environment, accompanied by small jazz groups. This time she turns frankly sentimental. Her accompaniment is a large orchestra made up of strings, woodwinds, reeds and rhythm, conducted by Ralph Burns who also wrote the arrangements. Burns, of course, is a highly knowledgeable jazzman, one of the most important factors in the success of Woody Herman's band during the past ten years. But he is also a uniquely skillful arranger for vocalists, jazz or otherwise. So it is only natural if, even though these selections are set in a romantic mood rather than a jazz mood, some reflections of jazz creep through when the talents of both Burns and Chris Connor are combined.
Yup, both Burns and Connor nailed it. This is an excellent mid-50s vocal set that isn't, in the least, dulled by the thematic selection of "romantic mood" numbers.
High On A Windy HillRound About
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Why Can't I
Suddenly It's Spring
About The Blues
Oh! You Crazy Moon
But Not For Me
I Guess I Hang My Tears Out To Dry
I Wonder What Bacame Of Me