Thursday, July 8, 2010

Nnena Freelon - Heritage

A major improvement on her debut (which found Nnenna Freelon overly influenced by Sarah Vaughan), the singer's second effort has many highpoints including outstanding versions of "'Tis Autumn," Duke Ellington's "Heritage" (a challenging and very personal song), "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Comes Love." Backed by a superior rhythm seciton and occasional horns, Freelon (even if this set bogs down a bit near the end due to too many ballads) is quite expressive, relaxed and consistently creative. This is a very impressive effort from one of the most promising jazz vocalists of the 1990s. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Nnena Freelon
Album: Heritage
Year: 1993
Label: Sony
Total playing: 70:04

1.  Girl Blue (Stevie Wonder/Syreeta Wright) 5:53
2.  'Tis Autumn (Henry Nemo) 4:14
3.  Heritage (Duke Ellington) 4:58
4.  Comes Love (Lew Brown/Sam H. Stept/Charles Tobias) 4:58
5.  Prelude To A Kiss (Duke Ellington/Irving Gordon/Irving Mills) 5:03
6.  It's You I Like (Fred Rogers) 3:59
7.  Infant Eyes (Doug Carn/Wayne Shorter) 8:01
8.  Young And Foolish (Albert Hague/Arnold B. Horwitt) 4:58
9.  Never Let Me Go (Ray Evans/Jay Livingston) 4:53
10.  All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman/Jack Lawrence) 6:14
11.  So Wrong (J. Allen/Bill Anschell) 6:05
12.  Something To Live For (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) 4:23
13.  Bewitched (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers) 6:25

Nnena Freelon (Vocals)
Kenny Barron (Piano)
Lewis Nash (Drums)
Christian McBride (Double Bass)
Dave Tofani (Tenor Saxophone)
Jim Pugh (Trombone)

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