Chris Connor (vcl), Maynard Ferguson, Rolf Ericson, Bill Berry (tp), Ray Winslow, Kenny Rupp (tb), Lanny Morgan, Joe Farrell, Willie Maiden (saxes), Jaki Byard (p), Charlie Saunders (b), Rufus Jones (d)
Reference: FSRCD 702
Thanks to an arrangement between their respective labels, Atlantic and Roulette, Chris Connor was reunited with Maynard Ferguson in a NYC recording studio for a series of dates with his orchestra in late 1960 and early 1961. These sessions produced two excellent albums, one for each record company: Double Exposure on Atlantic, and Twos Company on Roulette.
Throughout both Miss Connor is in good voice, singing in her signature almost vibratoless style, as warm on ballads as she is superbly relaxed at up tempos. The arrangements, all by Don Sebesky except for two by Willie Maiden, place the main focus on the singer, but behind her the band, driven by drummer Rufus Jones, is in fine fettle, exuberant and swinging, crisp, tight and together. Fergusons ebullient, stratospheric playing is liberally featured, along with the full low register forays that were part of his phenomenal range, making an effective contrast to Miss Connors understated, almost ironic approach.
01. Summertime (Gershwin-Heyward) 3:11
02. I Only Have Eyes for You (Warren-Dubin) 2:34
03. It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers-Hart) 5:04
04. Two Ladies in De Shade of De Banana Tree (Harold Arlen-Truman Capote) 2:35
05. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Tommy Wolf) 4:11
06. The Lonesome Road (Shilkret-Austin) 4:19
07. All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II) 2:44
08. Black Coffee (Webster-Burke) 3:37
09. Happy New Year (Gordon Jenkins) 4:22
10. Thats How It Went All Right (André Previn-Dory Langdon) 3:10
11. I Feel a Song Coming On (Oppenheim-McHugh-Fields) 2:03
12. The Wind (Russ Freeman) 4:55
13. New Yorks My Home (Gordon Jenkins) 4:35
14. Guess Who I Saw Today (Grand-Boyd) 3:27
15. When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen-Koehler) 3:35
16. Send For Me (Ollie Jones) 2:34
17. Where Do You Go? (Wilder-Sundgaard) 3:40
18. Somethings Coming (Bernstein-Sondheim) 6:36
19. Deep Song (Love Is a Barren Land) (Cory-Cross) 4:05
20. Cant Get Out of This Mood (Loesser-McHugh) 2:42
Tracks #1-10, from the Atlantic 12" album
Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson Double Exposure (SD8049)
Tracks #11-20, from the Roulette 12" album
Maynard Ferguson & Chris Connor Twos Company (SR52068)
Chris Connor, vocals, accompanied by Maynard Ferguson (tp, tb, frh); Chet Ferretti, Rolf Ericson, Rick Kiefer or Bill Berry (tp); Ray Winslow, Kenny Rupp (tb), Lanny Morgan (as, fl); Joe Farrell (ts, ss, fl); Willie Maiden (ts, cl, arr. #5 & 7); Frank Hittner (bs, b-cl); Jaki Byard (p); Charlie Saunders (b); Rufus Jones (d). Don Sebesky (arr. except on #5 & 7).
Bill Berry, trumpet, replaces Rick Kiefer on #1,2,10,11,16,18,19 & 20.
All trumpet solos are by Maynard Ferguson.
Lanny Morgan alto sax soloist on #10.
Recorded in New York City, December 5 (#4,6,9), 14 (#3,5,7-8), 15 (#12-13,15 ) & 22 (#14,17), 1960 and January 23 (#1-2,10) & 30 (#11,16,18-20), 1961
Original recordings produced by Neshui Ertegun (#1-10) and Teddy Reig (#11-20)
Sound engineer: Phil Ramone
This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"Singer Chris Connor and trumpeter Maynard Ferguson first met up as members of Stan Kenton's Orchestra in 1953. This CD reissue is a rather strange record because Connor performs very dramatic material that often sounds as if it were lifted directly from Broadway shows. Ferguson gets to throw in some high-register blasts now and then. The singer does her best, her voice was in prime form around this time [...]"
"Singer Chris Connor was nearing the end of her Atlantic years (which were really her prime) when she recorded this interesting, if not quite classic set with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, last reissued on a 1984 LP [...] Both Connor and Ferguson were Kenton alumni, and there are moments where the orchestra reminds one of that band, but the focus is mostly on the singer. She is in particularly fine form on "I Only Have Eyes for You," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" and "The Lonesome Road"."
Both by Scot Yanow (All Music Guide)