Shirley Horn – Light Out of Darkness “A tribute to Ray Charles” {Verve}

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The stunning Light Out of Darkness is at once Shirley Horn’s loving tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a stylistic departure from the introspective jazz balladry she’s known for, and a journey into the world of R&B. Horn and her trio swing hard on these tracks, and the organic R&B tinged jazz arrangements absolutely simmer, with Horn singing, playing piano, and Hammond B-3 organ. Her distinctive sultry and smoky vocals are bluesy and conversational, similar in approach to Charles’. Horn’s masterly chord cluster style of piano playing punctuates her every vocal phrase.

Her heartfelt solo rendition of “Being Green” forms the emotional centerpiece of the record, while other highlights include rocking versions of “Bye Bye Love” and “Hard Hearted Hannah,” as well as the gorgeous vision of love lost, “The Sun Died.” Light Out of Darkness displays Ray Charles’s influence on the artistry of Shirley Horn to superb effect.

01 – Hit the Road, Jack
02 – Just a Little Lovin’
03 – You Don’t Know Me
04 – Drown in My Own Tears
05 – Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah)
06 – Georgia on My Mind
07 – Makin’ Whoopie
08 – Green (It’s Not Easy Being Green)
09 – Bye Bye Love
10 – The Sun Died
11 – How Long Has This Been Going On
12 – If You Were Mine
13 – I Got a Man
14 – Just for a Thrill
15 – Light Out of Darkness

Shirley Horn – vocals, piano, hammond B-3 organ
Charles Ables – bass, guitar
Steve Williams – drums

and special guests:
Gary Bartz – alto saxophone
Tyler Mitchell – bass

Recorded April 30 and May 1-3, 1993 at Clinton Recording Studios, NYC

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork