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Lurlean Hunter (1928-1983) was, with all her skills, one of the most underappreciated singers in America. Other singers, who held her in universal high regard, were in no doubt as to her quality. A singers singer, she was revered for her near perfection in vocal styling, technique, and delivery, gifts she blended into a captivating combination.
This distinction is self-evident in the four albums she recorded during her career: Lonesome Gal (1955), Night Life (1956), Stepping Out (1957), and Blue and Sentimental (1960). On them she is accompanied by orchestras filled by some of the best New York jazz musicians. The skillful writing was provided by a handful of top arrangers, including Quincy Jones, Marion Evans, Manny Albam, Al Cohn, Ernie Wilkins, Phil Moore, and Jimmy Giuffre.
All of themwith the exception of Cohn and Wilkinsalso conducted their own scores. Throughout she is refreshingly unselfconscious, her voice strong and firm, her conception mature and intelligent and her phrasing meaningful. Blessed with fantastic intonation, effortless ease and innate musicianship, she also had an innately lyrical approach to the songs she sang, and they flowed out of her like something made of rich velvet, done in exquisite taste.
01. Lonesome Gal
02. Alone Together
03. It's You or No One
04. You Dont Know What Love Is
05. You Make Me Feel So Young
06. My Heart and I Decided
07. It Never Entered My Mind
08. Youd Be So Nice to Come Home To
09. Brief Encounter
10. A Stranger in Town
11. But Not for Me
12. On Green Dolphin Street
13. Georgia on My Mind
14. What a Difference a Day Made
15. Have You Met Miss Jones
16. That Old Feeling
17. It's the Talk of the Town
18. Gentleman Friend
19. Night Life
20. It Could Happen to You
23. Like Someone In Love
24. This Time the Dreams On Me
01. Steppin' Out with My Baby
02. Easy to Love
03. I Feel So Smoochie
04. Kiss Me Again
05. Old Devil Moon
06. If I Could Be with You
07. Blues in the Night
08. Nobody's Heart
09. You Do Something to Me
10. Under a Blanket of Blue
11. Oh! Look at Me Now
12. Some Other Time
13. Blue Turning Grey Over You
14. If You Could See Me Now
15. My Kinda Love
16. Crazy He Calls Me
17. Just Imagine
18. Blue and Sentimental
19. The Song Is You
20. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
21. Fool That I Am
22. Well Be Together Again
23. As Long As I Live
CD 1, tracks #1-12 from the RCA Victor 12" LP "Lonesome Gal" (LPM 1151)
CD 1, tracks #13-24 from the VIK 12" LP "Night Life" (LX 1061)
CD 2, tracks #1-12 from the VIK 12" LP "Stepping Out" (LX 1116)
CD 2, tracks #13-23 from the Atlantic 12" LP "Blue And Sentimental" (SD 1344)
Personnel on "Lonesome Gal":
Lurlean Hunter with Al Nevins and His Orchestra.
Featuring: Ernie Royal (tp), Urbie Green (tb), Jimmy Buffington (frh), Hal McKusick, Frank Wess, Charlie Fowlkes (reeds), Hank Jones (p), Barry Galbraith (g), Osie Johnson, Phil Kraus (d), among others; plus strings with Harry Lookofsky, concertmaster.
Arrangements: Quincy Jones and Marion Evans
Recorded in New York City, October 4, 5 & 7, 1955
Personnel on "Night Life":
Lurlean Hunter with Manny Albam and His Orchestra.
Featuring: Joe Newman (tp), Al Cohn, Al Epstein, Ray Beckenstein (reeds), Hank Jones (p), Marty Wilson (vib), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d). Arrangements: Al Cohn (#13,14,15 & 23), Ernie Wilkins (#16,18,21 & 22) and Manny Albam (#17,19,20 & 24)
Recorded in New York City, August 27 & 28, 1956
Personnel on "Stepping Out":
Lurlean Hunter with Phil Moore and His Orchestra.
Featuring: Nick Travis (tp), Herbie Mann (fl), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d). Arrangements: Phil Moore
Recorded in New York City, May 6, 8 and 10, 1957
Personnel on "Blue And Sentimental":
Lurlean Hunter with Jimmy Giuffre and His Orchestra.
Featuring: Harry Sweets Edison (tp), Rudy Rutherford (cl), Bud Freeman (ts), Jimmy Jones (p), Jim Hall (g), George Duvivier (b on #13, 14, 16, 18 & 23), Trigger Alpert (b on #15,17,19,20,21 & 22), Don Lamond (d). Arrangements: Jimmy Giuffre
Recorded in New York City, August 12 (#13,14,16,18 & 23) and 23 (#15,17,19,20,21 & 22), 1960
Recordings produced by Jack Lewis (CD 1), Herman Díaz, Jr. and Jerry Wexler (CD 2).
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
24-Bit Digitally Remastered