Nancy Harrow (vcl), with Sir Roland Hanna (p), Bill Easley (fl, cl, ss & ts), George Mraz (b), Grady Tate (d), Arto Tuncboyaciyan (perc)
Reference: FSRCD 5502
Bar code: 8427328655026
In this group of a dozen songs spanning more than half a century, Nancy Harrow demonstrates her ability to absorb the essence of the most valuable popular music from any era. She concentrates on pieces that helped the Beatles become one of the best-known bands in the world and leavens the collection with standards by master songwriters who have enriched the lives of generations. Classics by Victor Young, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer and Victor Youmans share the album with familiar works by Lennon, McCartney and Harrison.
Ms. Harrows collaborators are among the busiest members of the New York community of world-class jazz musicians in the late twentieth century. Roland Hanna, George Mraz and Grady Tate form the all-star rhythm section, with valuable assistance from percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan. This is one of Nancy Harrows most endearing and imperishable achievements.
01. My Foolish Heart (Washington-Young) 3:04
02. Drive My Car (Lennon-McCartney) 4:01
03. Yesterday (Lennon-McCartney) 3:17
04. Got to Get You Into My Life
05. When the World Was Young
06. Here Comes the Sun (Harrison) 5:23
07. Blackbird (Lennon-McCartney) 2:58
08. Nature Boy (Ahbez) 3:58
09. Because (Lennon-McCartney) 3:58
10. Yesterdays (Harbach-Kern) 3:50
11. Something (George Harrison) 6:13
12. More Than You Know
Previously released in 1990 for the Japanese market as Emarcy EJD-15
Nancy Harrow, vocals, accompanied by Sir Roland Hanna, piano; Bill Easley, flute; clarinet, soprano & tenor sax; George Mraz, bass; Grady Tate, drums; Arto Tuncboyaciyan, percussion.
Musical Director: Sir Roland Hanna
Recorded at Giant Sound, New York City, May 5 (#1,2,3,8,9), May 8 (#6,7,10,11) and May 19 (#4,5,12), 1989
Recording Engineer: Malcom Addey
Assisted by Eric Stollberger
Photos: Nick Granito, Gene Laurent & John Snyder
New Liner notes by Doug Ramsey
Produced by John Snyder
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
"This new release from Fresh Sound is the first international issue of this 1989 CD. It was only issued in Japan originally and soon became their favourite Harrow disc. It still is. Nancy sings some sturdy standards by the likes of Kern, Youmans, Victor Young and Johnny Mercer and does well with all of them. Im not convinced that the Beatles tunes suit her or that she does much with them here. Yesterday works well but she sounds happier with the old Yesterdays. The notes tell us that her sons were not happy with their mum doing Beatles songs because they didnt think a jazz singer should tackle them. They might have had a point. She sounds good on Harrisons Something but the others leave a little to be desired. Got To Get You Into My Life receives a bleak treatment as Nancy had inside knowledge that McCartney wrote it after being introduced to cannabis! Not just a typical love song then?
The singer is in good voice on Nature Boy and When The World Was Young and she provides a warm ballad reading of More Than You Know. Support is steady and unobtrusive by Hanna and the first-class rhythm section players but the material doesnt perhaps show Nancy Harrow at her best. Easons flute, sax and clarinet backings are very well structured and help to raise the rating."
-Derek Ansell (Jazz Journal, July 2015)