Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Sings Gentle Bossa Nova

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Sings Gentle Bossa Nova

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Chris Connor (1927-2009)

Sings Gentle Bossa Nova

Just A Memory JAM 9167-2

Chris Connor (vcl) acc by orchestra arranged and conducted by Pat Williams, 1965

A Hard Day's Night/Downtown/A Taste Of Honey/The Shadow Of Your Smile/Feeling Good/Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)/Can't Get Over The Bossa Nova/A Quiet Thing/Dear Heart/Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte/Baby The Rain Must Fall/Stranger On The Shore. TT 33:26

This gem is one of two albums Ms. Connor recorded for ABC Paramount in 1965, her first foray (and perhaps her last) in the jazz-pop arena; it finds Connor quietly delivering a variety of tunes over a bossa nova cadence set down by Pat Williams. Williams uses guitar, harpsichord and flutes to help frame each title, but always maintains the hypnotic bossa nova rhythm.

When Connor died, Steven Holden, the fine jazz writer for the New York Times, described her like this: "Chris Connor, the great jazz singer whose lush, foggy voice and compressed emotional intensity distilled a 1950s jazz reverie of faraway longing in a sad café . …

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