Chris Connor (album)

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Chris Connor
Cover of 2005 Warner Jazz (UK) reissue
Studio album by Chris Connor
Released 1956 (1956)
Recorded January 19, 23, and February 8, 1956
Genre Jazz
Label Atlantic
Producer Nesuhi Ertegun, Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler
Chris Connor chronology
This Is Chris
(1955)
Chris Connor
(1956)
I Miss You So
(1956)

Chris Connor is an album by jazz singer Chris Connor. Atlantic Records released the album, Connor's first for the label, in 1956. The recording was Atlantic's first jazz vocal LP record.[1]

Recording[edit]

The tracks appearing on Chris Connor were recorded over the course of three sessions. The first of these occurred on January 19, 1956, with a small orchestra accompanying Connor, using arrangements by Ralph Burns.[2] On January 23, Connor was accompanied by a quartet led by pianist John Lewis with Oscar Pettiford on bass.[2] On February 8, Connor's accompanists included Nick Travis, Zoot Sims and Milt Hinton, with arrangements by Burns.[2] The album comprises four tracks from each recording session.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 4/4 stars
(Core Collection)[3]
allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz includes Chris Connor in its "Core Collection," and assigns it a four-star rating (of a possible four), noting that "'Ev'ry Time', 'It's All Right With Me', 'I Wonder What Became Of Me' and several more are unlikely to be bettered."[3] John Bush, writing for allmusic, calls the album one of Connor's best, giving the album a rating of four-and-a-half stars (of a possible five).[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "I Get a Kick Out of You"   Cole Porter John Lewis 1:50
2. "Something to Live For"   Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn Ralph Burns 3:13
3. "Get Out of Town"   Porter Burns 3:04
4. "Where Are You?"   Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson Lewis 3:32
5. "Anything Goes"   Porter Burns 2:11
6. "When the Wind Was Green"   Don Hunt Burns 3:24
7. "He Was Too Good to Me"   Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart Burns 3:41
8. "You Make Me Feel So Young"   Josef Myrow and Mack Gordon Burns 2:46
9. "Everytime"   Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin Lewis 3:47
10. "Way Out There"   George Wallington and Buddy Goodman Burns 2:27
11. "My April Heart"   Wallington and Goodman Burns 2:41
12. "Almost Like Being in Love"   Frederick Loewe and Alan Lerner Lewis 2:09

Personnel[edit]

On "Something to Live For", "When the Wind Was Green", "He Was Too Good to Me" and "My April Heart" (recorded January 19, 1956):

  • Chris Connor – vocals
  • 19-piece orchestra (Ralph Burns, conductor)

On "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Where Are You", "Everytime" and "Almost Like Being in Love" (recorded January 23, 1956):

On "Get Out of Town", "Anything Goes", "You Make Me Feel So Young", and "Way Out There" (recorded February 8, 1956):

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bush, John. Chris Connor: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Shadwick, Keith (1956). Chris Connor (booklet). Chris Connor. United Kingdom: Warner Music UK Ltd. 2005 reissue notes. 8122731382. 
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.