Softly

Shirley Horn Trio

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Original Recording Format: Analog

In Grace Paley’s short story, “Wants”, the narrator says of her former and current husbands: “Either has enough character for a whole life, which as it turns out is really not such a long time. You couldn’t exhaust either man’s qualities or get under the rock of his reasons in one short life.” I can’t help thinking of these lines as I struggle with the task of trying to write some words about Shirley Horn, the most complicated human being I’ve ever known.

It would be difficult to find fresh ways to celebrate her music. Discriminating critics, including Whitney Balliett, John S. Wilson and Leonard Feather (who named Shirley “Best Jazz Singer of 1987” in the Los Angeles Times), have sung her praises, and so have her peers – Miles Davis, Carmen McRae, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. In a recent interview, singer Carol Sloane said: “Shirley takes total command and she is sitting at the piano when she does it, which is even wilder. She swings and sings the blues; she sings the beJesus out of the blues… She is probably the best singerpiano player in the world. And that’s the truth… She has an enormous presence at the piano, and I am very struck with it. It makes me starry-eyed”.

Shirley Horn – piano
Charles Ables – bass
Steve Williams – drums

Tracklist

1.
Since I Fell for You
07:11
2.
Dindi (Sung in Portuguese)
06:11
3.
You're My Thrill
04:24
4.
Summer (Estate)
08:41
5.
I Watch You Sleep
06:26
6.
Softly, As I Leave You
03:03
7.
How Long Has This Been Going On
07:09
8.
Forget Me
03:29
9.
My How the Time Goes By
05:15

Total time: 00:51:49

Additional information

Artists

Executive Producer

Andre Perry, George H. Buck Jr.

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Mastering Engineer

René La Flamme, Analog to DSD 256 Transfer

Producer

Joel Siegel

Recording Engineer

Pierre Sprey

Recording location

Recorded at Mapleshade Studio, October 1987

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog

SKU

2XHDJA1140

Release Date February 2, 2019
SKU 2XHDJA1140

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“The 2xHD hi-rez release of Shirley Horn’s Softly…the sheer beauty of her sound swept this mere mortal away.”

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