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Out of the tree of life I just picked me a plum
You came along and everything’s startin’ to hum
still it’s a real good bet, the best is yet to come
Shirley Valerie Horn was born in Washington D.C. in 1934. Shirley was a preternaturally gifted pianist who became enamored with the famous U Street jazz area of Washington (destroyed in the 1968 riots), slipping into jazz clubs before she was of legal age. Horn would collaborate with many jazz legends including Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Carmen McRae, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. She was famous for being a devastating ballad singer with a smokey and lush voice and for an amazing ability to accompany herself with incomparable independence on the piano while singing. Arranger Johnny Mandel described her as “like having two heads”. Kitty Grime, in her book Jazz Voices, calls Shirley “the cult performer…A near-legendary figure.”
On this week’s tune, Horn and Mandel were paired up for a second project with 2001′s sublime set You’re My Thrill for Verve Records. “Mandel respects the value of silence and space; they’re a well matched pair” — Richard Ginell – Allmusic.
No doubt about it, we couldn’t agree more. Happy 2018 everybody. It’s a real good bet, the best is yet to come!
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Written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh.
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