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Bluebird's Best - Lena Horne, The Young Star


Release Date: 08/06/2002 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 63964   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Harold ArlenCole PorterGeorge GershwinRichard Rodgers,   ... 
Performer:  Dave BarbourSid CatlettLena HorneIllinois Jacquet,   ... 
Conductor:  Horace HendersonLou Bring
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Stormy Weather
2. What Is This Thing Called Love?
3. Ill Wind
4. Man I Love, The
5. Where or When
6. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
7. Mad About the Boy
8. Moanin' Low
9. As Long as I Live
10. I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues
11. I Didn't Know About You
12. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
13. Suddenly It's Spring
14. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
15. I'll Be Around

Personnel includes: Lena Horne (vocals); Lou Bring, Horace Henderson (conductor); Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxophone); Dave Barbour (guitar); Lennie Hayton (piano); Big Sid Catlett (drums).
Read more /> Principally recorded in Hollywood, California between 1941 & 1944. Includes liner notes by Richard Dyer.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

Personnel: Lena Horne (vocals); Dave Barbour (guitar); Illinois Jacquet (tenor saxophone); Lennie Hayton (piano); Big Sid Catlett (drums).

Recording information: Hollywood, CA (12/15/1941-11/21/1944).

Illustrator: Ruth Marten.

Lena Horne became an international celebrity as a teenager -- making her first record at 18 with Noble Sissle and his orchestra -- and in many ways her star never faded. Because her success as a singer and actress paved the way for so many African-American divas in later decades, it's easy to overlook the simple vocal magic that got the legend rolling. This is one of the new Bluebird series' best compilations, a compendium of early-'40s classics that define the era. Sometimes her approach was ironic. Even if the mood of "Stormy Weather" is dark, the innocence of her voice conveys a rich optimism and whimsy. On these selections, which include "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and a hypnotic take on the Rodgers & Hart gem "Where or When?," her tone is light and flowing, with a gentle, sexy lisp in certain spots. The last three tracks, from January 1944, are so rare and obscure that the location of the recording and the backing orchestra are unknown. A must for the Horne fan or for folks who think Judy Garland and Billie Holiday were the only vocal standard setters of the time. ~ Jonathan Widran
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Works on This Recording

1.
Stormy weather by Harold Arlen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
2.
Wake up and Dream: What is this thing called love? by Cole Porter
Performer:  Dave Barbour (Guitar), Sid Catlett (Drums), Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano),
Illinois Jacquet (Tenor Saxophone), Lennie Hayton (Piano)
Conductor:  Horace Henderson,  Lou Bring
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
3.
Ill Wind by Harold Arlen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934 
4.
Lady, be Good: The man I love by George Gershwin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
5.
Babes in arms: Where or when by Richard Rodgers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
6.
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues by Harold Arlen
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Words and Music: Mad about the boy by Noel Coward
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
8.
Moanin' Low by Ralph Rainger
9.
As Long as I Live by Harold Arlen
Period: 20th Century 
10.
I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937 
11.
I Didn't Know About You by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Period: 20th Century 
12.
The Sky's the Limit: One for My Baby by Harold Arlen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
13.
Suddenly It's Spring by James Van Heusen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944 
14.
Do nothin' till you hear from me by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
15.
I'll Be Around by Alec Wilder
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 

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