Pat Thomas (vcl), Lalo Schifrin, Claus Ogerman, Sammy Lowe, Billy Ver Planck (dir, arr), Johnny Hodges (as), Paul Horn, Bud Shank (fl), Hank Jones (p), Laurindo Almeida, Al Hendrickson (g), Buddy Clark (b), Mel Lewis (d), Frank Guerrero, Jack Del Rio (perc)
Reference: BMCD 884
Bar code: 8427328008846
· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs + Bonus Tracks on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit
Surprisingly, singer Pat Thomas is virtually forgotten even as part of the scene of which she was, all too briefly, a major talent. In Chicago, where she was born and raised, she was the most sought-after female singer by local and visiting musicians, who valued her way of handling lyrics. Pat could be classified as a pop-jazz vocalist. She had directness and clarity mixed with a subtle reading of a song, a warm vocal sound, impeccable intonation, and an unaffectedly sincere feel for the blues.
She was just 24 when she recorded the first English-language version of the bossa nova hit, Desafinado, for Verve in 1962; released as a debut single with One Note Samba it won her a Grammy nomination. Transferred to MGM for release, it was part of Desafinado, the album she made that year with some notable musicians, including Bud Shank, Laurindo Almeida, Mel Lewis and arranger Lalo Schifrin, plus orchestra. It sold well and led to a second album, Moody’s Mood, the following year, with orchestras arranged by Claus Ogerman and several others. Featuring Johnny Hodges and Hank Jones in some tracks it showed her range was much greater than her ready mastery of the Brazilian idiom and confirmed the further qualities of an artist hailed as “a good singer on her way to becoming a great one”. Somehow, that never materialised; she died, unheralded, in March 1992.
01. Desafinado [Slightly Out of Tune] (Jobim-Mendonça-Cavanaugh-Hendricks) 2:34
02. Baia (Gilbert-Barroso) 2:58
03. Carnival (Bonfa-Peretti-Creatore-Weiss) 2:51
04. One Note Samba (Jobim-Mendonça-Hendricks) 1:51
05. C’est si bon (Seelen-Honez-Betti) 1:50
06. Recado bossa nova (Ferreira) 2:20
07. Could Be (McFarland-Guryan) 2:15
08. I Wish You Love (Beach-Trenet) 2:23
09. Samba de Orfeu (Bonfa) 2:13
10. Once Again (Jobim) 3:13
11. Soft Nights (E luxo so) (Barroso-Vaughn) 2:45
12. To Welcome the Day (Coleman-Guryan) 2:30
13. Moody’s Mood (James Moody) 2:50
14. Try A Little Tenderness (Woods-Campbell-Connelly) 2:37
15. Stranger on the Shore (Bilk-Mellin) 2:41
16. Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder) 2:29
17. Dreamy (Garner-Shaw) 2:27
18. It Shouldn’t Happen To A Dream (Ellington-Hodges) 2:27
19. Baltimore Oriole (Webster-Carmichael) 2:40
20. Don’t Wait Too Long (Skylar) 2:22
21. The Cliff-Dwellers (Manson-Stillman) 3:07
22. A Cottage For Sale (Conley-Robison) 2:33
23. Detour Ahead (Frigo-Carter-Ellis) 3:17
24. The Nearness of You (Washington-Carmichael) 3:00
25. Home in the Meadow (Dolan-Cahn) 2:26 *
26. Where There’s Love There’s Hope (Raleigh-Barken) 2:27 *
27. Just Say Auf Wiederseh’n (Ogerman-Goode) 2:12 *
(*) Bonus Tracks
Tracks #1-12, from the album “Desafinado” (MGM SE 4103)
Tracks #13-24, from the album “Moody’s Mood” (MGM SE 4206)
Tracks #25 & 26, from the MGM Single K13124
Track #27, taken from the MGM Single K12171
Pat Thomas, vocals, accompanied by
DESAFINADO Orchestra arranged and conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Tracks #1,3,4 & 10: Paul Horn, flute; Laurindo Almeida, guitar; Buddy Clark, bass; Mel Lewis, drums; Frank Guerrero & Jack Del Rio, percussion; 6 violins; 2 violas; 2 cellos.
Recorded in Los Angeles, October 1, 1962
Tracks #2,5-9,11 & 12: Bud Shank, flute; Laurindo Almeida & Al Hendrickson, guitars; Buddy Clark, bass; Mel Lewis, drums; Frank Flynn, mallets; Frank Guerrero & Jack Del Rio, percussion; 6 violins; 2 violas; 2 cellos.
Recorded in Los Angeles, October 2, 1962
MOODY’S MOOD Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Lalo Schifrin (#13), Billy Ver Planck (#14), Sammy Lowe (#15-18), and Claus Ogerman (#19-24)
Featuring: Johnny Hodges, alto sax (#14,15,17,18); Hank Jones, piano.
Recorded in New York City, August 14 (#14), 16 (#15), 17 (#16-18), 1962; July 2, 1963 (#13); December 1963 (#19-24)
BONUS TRACKS from singles.
Arranged and Conducted by Claus Ogerman.
Original recordings produced by Creed Taylor
Cover Art: Henry Parker (Desafinado), Bill Shields (Moody's Mood)
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"Not well known these days, Chicago born and bred Pat Thomas was actually one of the first to do English language versions of the then nascent bossa nova genre back in 1962. These two albums, arranged mostly by Lalo Schifrin, but also including Claus Ogerman, showcase a strong toned lady who has rich enunciation with a dash of Ertha Kitt sass.
The 1962 Desifinado has Shifrin leading a band including Paul Horn/fl, Bud Shank/fl Laurindo Almeida/g, Mel Lewis/dr and Buddy Clark/b with strings, she sounds rich and evocative on “Recado Bossa Nova” and “Baia.” The lush support on “I Wish You Love” is like satin drapes, while “Manha De Carnaval” is a shining gem.” The Moody’s Mood album has her carry a torch on the title track and “The Nearness of You ,” while Johnny Hodge’s alto sax on “Try A Little Tenderness” and “Dreamy” glows in the dark. The mood gets shadowy on “Baltimore Oriole” and she’s having fun on “Stranger on the Shore” as Hank Jones supplies the piano work. Where does Fresh Sound find these obscure nuggets?"
George W. Harris (April 17, 2017)
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