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 Artist RatingReleases
1965 Travelin' Light Shirley Horn 2
1981 At Northsea Shirley Horn, Charles Ables, Billy Hart 2
1984 The Garden of the Blues Shirley Horn 2
1988 Softly Shirley Horn 1
1989 Close Enough for Love Shirley Horn 1
1991 You Won’t Forget Me Shirley Horn 2
1992 Here’s to Life Shirley Horn 2
1993 Light Out of Darkness Shirley Horn 2
1996 The Main Ingredient Shirley Horn 2
1997 Loving You Shirley Horn 1
1998 Jazz 'Round Midnight Shirley Horn 1
1998 I Remember Miles Shirley Horn 2
2001 You’re My Thrill Shirley Horn 2
2003 May the Music Never End Shirley Horn 1
2012 Travelin’ Light / Horn of Plenty Shirley Horn 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Loads of Love / Shirley Horn With Horns Shirley Horn 2
1996 Where Are You Going / The Real Thing Shirley Horn / Dizzy Gillespie 1
1999 Come a Little Closer Shirley Horn 2
2005 But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn Shirley Horn 1
2009 The Swingin’ Shirley Horn Shirley Horn 1
2010 Embers and Ashes / Where Are You Going (Released as "Songs of Lost Love Sung by Shirley Horn") Shirley Horn 2
Ultimate Shirley Horn 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Violets for Your Furs Shirley Horn 1
1987 I Thought About You: Live at Vine Street Shirley Horn 3
1994 I Love You, Paris Shirley Horn 1
2006 Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Marian McPartland with guest Shirley Horn 2
2008 Live at the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival Shirley Horn 1

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