After the novelty experience of a child vocalist piping her way to fame with Candy Store Blues in 1948, Toni Harper grew up into a singer with a warm, polished voice, and the taste to phrase sensitively and authoritatively.
The two excellent albums on this set, Lady Lonely and Night Mood, were a rewarding showcase for the adult Miss Harper, whose cool approach to a series of low-key ballads and easy, swinging touch on the up-tempo songs reveal a singer with more than a fine appreciation of jazz feeling.
For a vocalist with such jazz and pop affinities and a repertoire of attractive originals and superior standards, the great arranger-conductor Marty Paich was ideal. Using groups with strings, horns and woodwinds, and others with reeds and brass, he featured the artistry of Art Pepper, Bud Shank and Jack Sheldonthree of his favorite jazz soloistsand first class rhythm sections, with results that are a must for anyone with a taste for great scoring, fine playing and equally assured singing.
01. Lady Lonely (Sout-Atkerson)3:04
02. In the Dark of the Night (Miller) 3:03
03. He Was a Man (Leroy-Rosenthal-Atkerson) 4:05
04. My Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Miller) 2:38
05. The Lack of Love (Fish-Adams) 3:11
06. Blue It Grows (Malone-Klimes) 3:23
07. I Love the Blues (Stout-Adams) 3:14
08. You Taught Me How to Cry (Curris-Cuomo-Atkerson) 3:29
09. The Velvet Hammer (Atkerson) 3:13
10. The Other Woman (Stout-Atkerson) 3:00
11. Nobody Home But the Blues (Oki-Atkerson) 3:45
12. Busy Blues (Malone-Klimes) 2:59
13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone (Overall) 3:09
14. River Weep (Whitfield-Valdez-Atkerson) 3:10
15. In the Still of the Night (Porter) 2:38
16. Paradise (Brown-Clifford) 2:51
17. 'Round Midnight (Monk-Hanighen-Williams) 3:35
18. The Meaning of the Blues (Troup-Worth) 3:06
19. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week) (Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne) 2:57
20. Night After Night (Beal-Bialas) 3:03
21. Just Go (Hamilton) 2:46
22. A Sleepin Bee (Capote-Arlen) 2:39
23. My Ship (Gershwin-Weil) 3:18
24. You and the Night and the Music (Dietz-Schwartz) 2:08
25. Where Flamingos Fly (Courlander-Thea-Brooks) 3:15
Tracks #1-14 from the RCA Victor 12" "Lady Lonely" (LSP-2092)
Tracks #15-25 from the RCA Victor 12" "Night Mood" (LSP-2253)
Collective Personnel includes:
Jack Sheldon, Conte Candoli, Frank Beach, Dick Collins, Stu Williamson, Al Porcino (tp), Vince De Rosa, John Cave, James Deckler, Dick Perissi (Frh), Dominick Fera, Lurie Mitchell (cl), Frank Rosolino, Bob Fitzpatrickm, Pete Carpenter (tb), Bob Enevoldsen (vtb), George Roberts (btb), Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as), Bill Perkins, Jack Montrose (ts), Bill Hood, Jack Nimitz (bar), Red Callender (tuba), Eddie Beal, Jimmy Rowles (p), Bill Pitman (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Mel Lewis (d), Larry Bunker (vb), Alvin Stoller (percussion). Violins; violas; cellos; Ann Stockton, Kathryn Julye (harp).
Recorded at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood 1959-1960
Original recordings produced by Dick Peirce (#1-14) and Nelly Plumb (#15-26).
Recording engineer: Al schmitt
Cover photos: Ken Whitmore (Lady Lonely) and Peter Samerian (Night Mood).
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered