Here's to Life

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Here's to Life
Studio album by Shirley Horn
Released 1992
Recorded September, 1991
Genre Vocal jazz
Label Verve
Producer Johnny Mandel
Shirley Horn chronology
You Won't Forget Me
Here's to Life
Light Out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles)
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Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Here's to Life is a 1992 studio album by Shirley Horn, arranged by Johnny Mandel (also the composer of three of the songs on the album), who received a Grammy Award for his work on this album. [2]

The title track Here's to Life became Horn's signature song.

If You Love Me is her interpretation of the passionate "Hymne à L'amour", made famous by Edith Piaf.

Summer is the first English version of the Italian standard, "Estate". Horn ordered English lyrics after hearing Joao Gilberto's version, which spread the song's worldwide fame.

Track Listing[edit]

  1. "Here's to Life" (Artie Butler, Phyllis Molinary) – 5:37
  2. "Come a Little Closer"/"Wild Is the Wind" (John Wallowitch)/(Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) – 7:27
  3. "How Am I to Know?" (Jack King, Dorothy Parker) – 3:23
  4. "A Time for Love" (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) – 6:45
  5. "Where Do You Start?" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Johnny Mandel) – 4:36
  6. "You're Nearer" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:32
  7. "Return to Paradise" (Tiomkin, Washington) – 5:09
  8. "Isn't It a Pity?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 5:47
  9. "Quietly There" (Morgan Ames, Johnny Mandel) – 6:09
  10. "If You Love Me" (Marguerite Monnot, Geoff Parsons) – 6:02
  11. "Summer (Estaté)" (Bruno Brighetti, Bruno Martino, Joel E. Siegel) – 7:38

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