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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Chris - Chris Connor


Lush Life

Chris Connor
Bethlehem Records BCP 56

Groups accompanying Chris Connor are as follows:

Sy Oliver and His Orchestra - Side 1: Bands 2, 3, 4 (hand written note: 11/17 - 18/53)
The Ellis Larkins Trio - Side 1: Bands 1, 5, 6 (hand written note: 8/9-11/54)
The Vinnie Burke Quartet - Side 2 Bands 1, 2 (hand written note: 8/21/54)
The Ralph Sharon Group - Side 2 Bands 3, 4, 5, 6 (hand written note: 4/55)

The Ralph Sharon Group Personnel:

Ralph Sharon - Piano
Herbie Mann - Flute
Kai Winding - Trombone
Milt Hinton - Bass
Joe Puma - Guitar
J. J. Johnson - Trombone
Osie Johnson  Drums

From the back cover: She's (Connor) had this very individual sound from the very beginning of her professional career with the bands of Claude Thornhill, Stan Kenton and up through her first, and subsequent, record dates as a featured singer (for Bethlehem, of course). She has as evidenced by the varied tracks on this record, retained this sound during the course of her career; her style has developed, her approach has become more individual, and her technique surer, yet, because of her fresh sound, there's never any doubt on any of these selections that it's Chris Connor to whom we are listening.

She was well on her way to maturity as a singer and an artist when she recorded her first date for Bethlehem – the "Everything I Love", "Miser's Serenade' and "Indian Summer" that appear on this record, amongst others. The music for the big band used on this session was arranged and conducted by Sy Oliver. Her subsequent record dates with such accompaniment as The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Vinnie Burke Quartet, J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding, Ralph Sharon and Herbie Mann are all represented. – Joseph P. Muranyi

All About Ronnie
Miser's Serenade
Everything I Love
Indian Summer
I Hear Music
Come Back To Sorrento
Out Of This World
Lush Life
From This Moment On
A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing
Don't Wait Up For Me
In Other Words

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