Ladybird + All About Norma (2 LP on 1 CD) + Bonus Track
  • Laurie LLP 1007
    Laurie LLP 1007
  • Firebird FB 1000
    Firebird FB 1000

Lodi Carr & Norma Mendoza

Ladybird + All About Norma (2 LP on 1 CD) + Bonus Track

Best Voices Time Forgot

Lodi Carr, Norma Mendoza (vcl), Jimmy Wisner, Stan Free (p, dir), Don Elliott (vib, mel), Al Klink (saxes), Herman Foster (p), Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Herman Wright, Ace Tessone, Hank Caruso (b), Ed Shaughnessy, Jerry Segal, Dave Levin (d)

Reference: FSR V134 CD

Bar code: 8427328641340

The Best Voices Time Forgot
Collectible Albums by Top Female Vocalists

· Collector's Edition
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art, Liner Notes
· Complete Personnel Details
· Hi Fi Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit

Singer Lodi Carr (1933), also known as Ladybird, acquired her considerable musicianship during the late '40s and early '50s from an impressive roster of Detroit musicians, all part of the main core of men who were powering the resurgence of modern jazz in the Motor City. It was among such inspiring environment that she galvanized her distinctive, straight-ahead delivery, full of keen understanding and good taste. Those strengths are what in turn helped her attract some of the most distinguished musicians to her engagements when she eventually moved to New York in 1957. "Ladybird," recorded in 1960, was her first and only album. By then she was already a seasoned singer, so nothing feels frantic or hurried. Her voice is deep, with a rich and direct approach, and she sings with a good sense of timing and rhythm. Stan Free’s sextet provided Lodi with some well conceived and functional background arrangements, and in two tracks we hear her backed by the Jerry Segal Trio, bringing to the table some versatile and swinging rhythmic accompaniment that does much to enhance this album’s appeal.

All About Norma
Legendary radio disc jockey Sid Mark based in Philadelphia heard Norma Mendoza’s first TV appearance in October 1959. She was singing Jimmy Wisner’s instrumental tune Sidney ’s Soliloquy which had no lyrics, so the composer had to write some to fit Norma’s translucent voice. After the song was over, the DJ announced that she was a great talent, and this, from the man who had brought the great Nina Simone out of limbo, was no easy compliment. Norma is a completely natural singer with classical training, driven by clear diction and imaginative phrasing. Her voice is somewhere between an alto and a mezzo-soprano, conferring her a remarkable two-octave range and a slight sultry edge.
With the supportive backing of the Jimmy Wisner Trio, Norma managed to stamp her personality, cool reading and sophisticated approach on the collection of engaging performances that is "All About Norma."

01. The Masquerade Is Over (Magidson-Wrubel) 4:06
02. Tumble-In-Down (Free-Mellin) 2:46
03. When I Fall In Love (Young-Heyman) 2:54
04. For You Just for You (Free-Rossiter) 2:49
05. My Ship (Weill-Gershwin) 4:19
06. Lady Bird (Dameron-Turner) 2:38
07. I'm Lost (Otis René) 3:47
08. There'll Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) 1:56
09. If I Should Lose You (Rainger-Robin) 3:28
10. Deed I Do (Hirsch-Rose) 1:48
11. Blue Room (Rodgers-Hart) 2:44
12. Sidney's Soliloquy (Jimmy Wisner) 3:50
13. Little Norma (Jimmy Wisner) 2:50
14. Black Is the Color (Traditional) 2:39
15. When Sunny Gets Blue (Fisher-Segal) 3:02
16. Our Love Is Here to Stay (G. & I. Gershwin) 1:59
17. Warm (Jimmy Wisner) 3:04
18. Dreamy Eyes (Niehaus-Wisner) 3:58
19. I Don't KnowWhat Time ItWas (Rodgers-Hart) 2:13
20. Just In Time (Styne-Comden-Green) 1:53
21. And Then There Were None (Potato Chips) (Jimmy Wisner) 2:03
22. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers-Hart) 3:50
23. If It's Love (Jimmy Wisner) 1:54

Album details

(*) Bonus Tracks not on the original album

Tracks #1-11, from the album “Ladybird” (Laurie LLP 1007)
Tracks #12-22, from the album “All About Norma” (Firebird FB 1000)
Track #23, from the Firebird single FB-100

Lodi Carr, vocals [#1-11]

Tracks #1-8 & 11: Accompanied by The Stan Free Sextet
Don Elliott, vibes and mellophone; Al Klink, reeds; Stan Free, piano; Mundell Lowe, guitar; George Duvivier, bass; Ed Shaughnessy, drums.

Tracks #9 & 10: Accompanied by The Jerry Segal Trio
Herman Foster, piano; Herman Wright, bass; Jerry Segal, drums.

Recorded in New York City, 1960

Norma Mendoza, vocals [#12-23]

Tracks #12-22: Accompanied by The Jimmy Wisner Trio
Jimmy Wisner, piano; Ace Tessone, bass; Hank Caruso (#12,14,17,21), Dave Levin, drums.

Track #23: Accompanied by The Jimmy Wisner Big Band

Recorded at Reco-Art Studios, Philadelphia, January-February, 1960

Original liner notes: Nat Hentoff / Bill Kagler & Nels Nelson
New liner notes by Jordi Pujol
Original recordings produced by Gene Schwartz (#1-11) and Jimmy Wisner (#12-23)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"It continues to boggle the mind when one starts realizing how many excellent female vocalists were on the jazz scene in the 1950s and 60s. You only scratch the surface with Ella, Sassy, Chris Connor and Peggy Lee, as Spain-based Fresh Sound Records keeps digging up buried treasures that deserve to be heard and heard again. Here are a couple recent finds…

THE VOICES THAT TIME FORGOT series continues with a pair of obscure gems.

Lodi “Ladybird” Carr was part of the Detroit scene in the 50s and 60s, and her recording here from 1960 teams her with Don Elliott/vib-vphone, Al Klink/reeds, Stan Free/p, Mundell Lowe/g, George Duvivier/b, Ed Shaunessy/dr and the Jerry Segal Trio. She’s got a luscious late night vibrato, as on the intimate “The Masquerade Is Over” and oozes with Elliott’s mellow mellophone on “When I Fall In Love” and the personal “My Ship”. She floats with Klink’s flute on a genteel “I’m Lost” and is California Cool for “There’ll Never Be Another You”. An evening breeze.

Norman Mendoza is not exactly a household name either, but her Anita O’Day’d clarity and swing has  a mix of confident sass as on “Our Love Is Here To Stay” or the bopping “And Then There Were None”. The pianist Jimmy Wisner composes a healthy does of the material and with Ace Tessone/b and Hank Caruso-Dave Levin/dr, leads the band through a haunting take of the traditional “Black Is The Color” or his casual and misty “Dreamy Eyes” and glowing “ Warm”. She flexes her muscles backed by Wisner’s Big Band on a swinging “If It’s Love”, making you wonder how you missed this lady first time out."

—George W. Harris (November 26, 2021)


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