Shirley Horn

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Shirley Valerie Horn (May 1, 1934 – October 20, 2005) was an American jazz singer and pianist. She collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton Marsalis and others. She was most noted for her ability to accompany herself with nearly incomparable independence and ability on the piano while singing, something described by arranger Johnny Mandel as "like having two heads", and for her rich, lush voice, a smoky contralto, which was described by noted producer and arranger Quincy Jones as "like clothing, as she seduces you with her voice". Although she could swing as strongly as any straight-ahead jazz artist, Horn's reputation rode on her exquisite ballad work.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1989 Close Enough for Love 1
1990 Loads of Love / Shirley Horn With Horns 2
1991 You Won’t Forget Me 2
1992 Here’s to Life 2
1993 Light Out of Darkness 2
1994 Travelin' Light 1
1996 The Main Ingredient 2
1997 Loving You 2
1998 Jazz 'Round Midnight 1
1998 I Remember Miles 2
2001 You’re My Thrill 2
2003 May the Music Never End 1
2012 Embers and Ashes / Where Are You Going 1
2012 Travelin’ Light / Horn of Plenty 1
Softly 1
The Garden of the Blues 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Come a Little Closer 2
2005 But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn 1
2009 The Swingin’ Shirley Horn 1
Ultimate 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Violets for Your Furs 1
1994 I Love You, Paris 1
2008 Live at the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival 1
I Thought About You: Live at Vine Street 1

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