The Complete Atlantic Singles 1956-1960 (Digipack)
  • Chris Connor
    Chris Connor
  • Atlantic 45-1138
    Atlantic 45-1138
  • Atlantic 45-1105
    Atlantic 45-1105
  • Atlantic 45-1188
    Atlantic 45-1188

Chris Connor

The Complete Atlantic Singles 1956-1960 (Digipack)

Blue Moon Golden Series

Chris Connor (vcl), Ray Ellis, Herbie Mann, Richard Wess, Stan Applebaum (dir, arr)

Reference: BMCD 883

Bar code: 8427328008839


· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 24 Single Tracks
· Comprehensive Liner Notes
· High Fidelity Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit

Chris Connor (1927-2009) developed her jazz style while singing with Stan Kenton in 1953. The way she put it, “Singing with Kenton was the most exciting thing that happened to me. And, believe me, it trained my ear.” After leaving Kenton, she began building her reputation as a single working intimate, jazz-clubs on the Eastern circuit. But she had never thought herself a jazz singer and made this clear when she first began singing for Bethlehem later that year: “I don’t know why I began singing jazz, instead of commercial things. But I always sang off the melody when I was a kid, so I guess that’s it. I don’t really want to stick to only one kind of singing. The only reason I’m in this business is because I like to sing. I’m not happy doing anything else.”

Her fleeting doubts gradually disappeared as she became more secure in her own rhythmic conception, and after signing for Atlantic in 1956, she became one of the label’s best sellers, selling 500,000 LPs during her five-year tenure, and thousands of jazz and pop singles; all of the latter are included here. Her near-vibratoless singing style and distinctive charm, as warm on ballads as it is coolly relaxed on uptempos, and her innate jazz phrasing —emerging at unguarded moments— triumph over more commercial approach of some of the tunes.

01. Go ‘Way from My Window (John Jacob Niles) 2:50
02. Past the Age of Innocence (Gimbel-Sawens) 2:35
03. My Heart Is So Full of You (Frank Loesser) 2:17
04. I Miss You So (Robin-Henderson-Scott) 2:21 2064
05. Time Out for Tears (Schiff-Berman) 2:39
06. Trust in Me (Ager-Schwartz-Wever) 2:13
07. Mixed Emotions (Stuart Louchheim) 2:47
08. I Love You, Yes I Do (Wood-Seiler-Marcus-Glover-Nix) 2:36
09. Under Paris Skies (Gannon-Giraud-Drejac) 2:38
10. Moon Ride (Margo Guryan) 2:45
11. Circus (Alter-Russell) 2:00
12. Flying Home (Goodman-Hampton-Leiber-Stoller) 2:34
13. Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles) 2:24
14. I Won’t Cry Anymore (Frisch-Wise) 2:22
15. Señor Blues (Horace Silver) 2:54
16. Misty (Burke-Garner) 2:37
17. Invitation (Webster-Kaper) 2:50
18. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman (René-René) 2:04
19. Heard a Bluebird (unknown) 2:17
20. Fortune Cookies (Leiber-Stoller) 2:13
21. That’s My Desire (Loveday-Kresa) 1:58
22. I Only Want Some (Leiber-Stoller) 2:47
23. ‘S Wonderful (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:30 *
24. Love Walked In (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:54 *

Album details

(*) Bonus Tracks

Original sources:
Tracks #1-2, from the Atlantic single 45-1097
Tracks #3-4, from the Atlantic single 45-1105
Tracks #5-6, from the Atlantic single 45-1121
Tracks #7-8, from the Atlantic single 45-1138
Tracks #9-10, from the Atlantic single 45-1097
Tracks #11-12, from the Atlantic single 45-2017
Tracks #13-14, from the Atlantic single 45-1198
Tracks #15-16, from the Atlantic single 45-2037
Tracks #17-18, from the Atlantic single 45-2073
Tracks #19-20, were to be released as a single that was ultimately cancelled
Tracks #21-22, from the Atlantic single 45-2053
Tracks #23-24, taken from the TV show “Stars of Jazz”

All the Atlantic tracks were recorded in New York City

Chris Connor, vocals in all tracks

Tracks #1-8: Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ray Ellis
February 15 (#1 & 2), July 28 (#3 & 4), October 16 (#5-8), 1956

Tracks #9-14: Accompanied by uncredited orchestras
April 29 (#9-11), July 31 (#12-14), 1958

Tracks #15-16: Herbie Mann (b-cl & fl) and His Afro-Cuban Band
September 6, 1959

Tracks #17-18: Orchestra & Chorus Arranged and Conducted by Richard Wess
December 22, 1959

Tracks #19-22: Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Stan Applebaum
January 28, 1960
Bonus Tracks #23-24: Stan Freeman (p), Marvin Shore (b), Paul Togawa (d).
Recorded live at the TV show “Stars of Jazz” in Hollywood on May 27, 1957

Original recordings produced by Ahmet Ertegun & Jerry Wexler (#1-11); Nesuhi Ertegun (#12-14); unknown (#15-18); Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller (#19-22)
Cover photograph by Jay Maisel
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Hi-Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered

Press reviews

"Making her name first with Stan Kenton in 1953, Chris Connor (1927-2009) eventually personified the “vo-cool” genre of singing. This collection of her Atlantic singles in a variety of settings demonstrated how she could put her own signature on virtually any style, and make it work.

A series of singles under the baton of Ray Ellis include haunting pieces such as “Go ‘Way From My Window” and “I Miss You So.” On the other side of the spectrum, she delivers some fun swing on “Circus” and gospel R&B on “Hallelujah, I Love Him So.” Most intriguing of all is a one-off with Herbie Mann and his Afro-Cuban Band that has Connor deliver a stunning “Senor Blues” as well as a richly textured “Misty.” She sounds intimate on trio reeds on “’S’Wonderful” and “Love Walked In” and has a blast  on “Fortune Cookies” with Stan Applebaum’s orchestra.  The booklet in the liner notes give much interesting background to this era of Connor’s career, one that should not be ignored."

George W. Harris (March 30, 2017)


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