Shirley Horn: Live at the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival

Listening with 2008 ears that have spent plenty of time with music of today’s standard bearer for female jazz vocals – Diana Krall, who else? – it becomes abundantly clear just how much a debt Ms. Krall owes to her forebear, husky-voiced singer/pianist Shirley Horn. Riding a wave of renewed interest that began in the late ‘80s, Horn came out swinging at her only Monterey Jazz Festival appearance. “Foolin’ Myself” and “Nice n’ Easy” are highlights, as is her rendition of “I’ve Got the World on a String,” which sounds awfully close to how Krall would approach it the following year on her second album. Best of all, though, is her total ownership of “The Look of Love” – she dips and swoons her way through a wonderfully elastic take on the Bacharach classic, with great sympathy from her rhythm section, bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams. (Monterey Jazz Festival 2008)

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