Clark Terry, Jerry Tyree, Jerry Kail, Burt Collins, Al Stewart (tp), Britt Woodman, Eddie Bert (tb), Earl Warren (as), Andy Marsala (cl, as), Seldon Powell (ts), Charlie Mariano (ts, bs), Joe Farrell (fl, oboe, ts), Nick Brignola (fl, bs), Wynton Kelly, Dave Frishberg (p), Freddie Green, Sam Herman (g), Sam Jones, John Beal (b), Jimmy Cobb, Steve Little (d)
Reference: FSRCD 913
Bar code: 8427328609135
Dubbed by Cannonball Adderley “the greatest voice since Ella Fitzgerald” Detroit-born Teri Thornton (1934-2000) moved to the Big Apple in 1960, where she was an immediate hit with the city’s seasoned jazz musicians and sophisti- cated audiences. It led to her first album, Devil May Care, for Riverside, where she was backed by some of New York’s brightest jazzmen, including Clark Terry, Britt Woodman, Seldon Powell and a rhythm section that boasted, among others, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, Jimmy Cobb and Freddie Green. A sagacious venture into the Great American Songbook allowed her to display a fine feel for the lyrics and a voice like nobody else’s.
In 1961 Chicago deejays gave her the “Coming Star of the Year” Award and the following year she signed for Dauntless. Hailed as “one of the most exciting voices of her generation”, she had a hit single with Somewhere in the Night, which became the name of her 1963 album. Again front-rank jazzmen were involved, among them Charlie Mariano, Joe Farrell, Nick Brignola, Eddie Bert and Dave Frishberg. Well-chosen material allowed her to make the most of her contralto-rich, distinctive vocal quality and decided individuality of delivery, and both albums add up to a fitting memorial to a singular jazz vocal talent of whom Freddie Green once said: “This girl has got to make it. If she doesn’t, something’s very wrong.” He was right.
01. Lullaby of the Leaves (Young-Petkere) 2:46
02. My Old Flame (Coslow-Johnston) 3:27
03. Blue Skies (Berlin) 2:33
04. Detour Ahead (Carter-Ellis-Frigo) 3:06
05. Dancing in the Dark (Dietz-Schwartz) 2:27
06. Blue Champagne (Eaton-Watts-Ryerson) 3:08
07. What’s Your Story, Morning Glory (Webster-Lawrence-Williams) 3:45
08. Devil May Care (Dorough-Kirk) 2:44
09. Left Alone (Holiday-Waldron) 3:24
10. I Feel a Song Coming On (McHugh-Fields-Oppenheim) 2:39
11. What’s New? (Burke-Haggart) 4:07
12. The Song Is You (Kern-Hammerstein II) 2:30
13. Somewhere in the Night (May-Raskin) 3:00
14. I’ve Got Your Number (Coleman-Leigh) 2:51
15. There’s a Boat Dat’s Leavin Soon for New York (Gershwin) 3:33
16. Lonely One (Gonzales) 2:52
17. You’ve Got to Have Heart (Adler-Rose) 2:30
18. Stormy Weather (Arlen-Rose) 4:15
19. I Believe in You (Loesser) 2:52
20. Mood Indigo (Bigard-Ellington-Mills) 4:33
21. Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Farrés-Davis) 2:25
22. I’ve Got the World on a String (Arlen-Koehler) 2:33
23. Clap Yo’ Hands (Still) 2:47
24. Serenade in Blue (Plessow) 3:49
Total time: 75:00 min. approx.
Tracks #1-12, from the album “Devil May Care” (Riverside RLP-9352)
[Later reissued in 1964 as "Lullaby of the Leaves" (Riverside RS 93525)]
Tracks #13-24, from the album “Somewhere in the Night” (Dauntless DS 6306)
Teri Thornton, vocals in all tracks.
Personnel in "Devil May Care":
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Norman Simmons
Clark Terry, trumpet; Britt Woodman, trombone; Earl Warren, alto sax; Seldon Powell, tenor sax; Wynton Kelly, piano; Freddie Green (#1-6) or Sam Herman (#7-12), guitar; Sam Jones, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums.
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City December 23 (#1-6) 1960 and January 10 (#7-12), 1961
Personnel in "Somewhere in the Night":
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Larry Wilcox
Jerry Tyree, Jerry Kail, Burt Collins Al Stewart, trumpets; Ray Starling, Dave Moser, mellophone; Roy Wiegand, Eddie Bert, trombones; Andy Marsala, clarinet & alto sax; Charlie Mariano, tenor & baritone sax; Joe Farrell, flute, oboe & tenor sax; Nick Brignola, flute & baritone sax; Dave Frishberg, piano; John Beal, bass Steve Little, drums.
Recorded at Nola Studios, New York City, February 1963
Original recordings produced by Orrin Keepnews and Tom Wilson Recording
Engineers: Ray Fowler (#1-12) and Frank Kulaga (#13-24)
Cover design: Donald Silverstein (Riverside), Irving Sloane (Dantless)
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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