The Shirley Horn Suite Is Here!
(Published: April 05, 2011)
Hello Friends and Music Lovers,
The Shirley Horn Suite is here! This is a CD I've been wanting to record for years, and I'm so excited to finally release it!
Shirley Horn is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite singers and pianists of all time. Her definitive sense of space, swing, and subtlety has had a major impact on how I listen to and create music. This project has been a real pleasure - writing tunes inspired by Shirley, digging into her pianistic style, recording with Steve Williams (Shirley's drummer of 23 years)... I've been blessed to see it all come to fruition.
The CD features:
Shirley Nanette, voice
Corcoran Holt, bass
Steve Williams, drums
We play originals inspired by Shirley Horn, plus some gems from Shirley Horn's repertoire.
The CD is beautifully recorded by Dennis Carter and mixed and mastered by Katsuhiko Naito.
The Shirley Horn Suite is available at:
Here's a review by George Fendel from this month's JazzScene magazine:
The Shirley Horn Suite, Ezra Weiss, piano, with Shirley Nannette, vocals.
Shirley Horn is undeniably one of the highest regarded singer-pianists that jazz has produced in the last few decades, and Ezra Weiss apparently fell under her spell. A faculty member at Portland State University, Weiss honors her with original music and some highlights from Horn's heralded songbook. His trio includes Corcoran Holt, bass, and former Horn drummer, Steve Williams. Weiss writes stirring melodies, some of which are reminiscent of Horn's achingly slow delivery. His passionate lyrics are delivered by yet another Shirley, Portland's Shirley Nannette. She finds the beauty and serenity of Weiss's compositions "I Wish I'd Met You," "Shirley Horn's Sound of Love," and especially "May the Most You Wish For." A fourth vocal, but at a faster tempo, is "Now That You Mention It." The "standards" here, all previously entwined closely with Horn, include "The Great City," "I Love You Porgy," "Estate" and "Something Happens To Me." From every perspective, this is a deep, thoughtful and gorgeous album. It's an intimate tribute to a beloved ambassador of jazz, and deserves to be heard.
Roark Records, 2010, 58:39.
The CD also received **** 1/2 from Audiophile Audition.
Thank you so much for your support and for checking out the music!
More Information: http://www.ezraweiss.com