JJ 11/60: Chris Connor – Chris In Person

Sixty years ago, Gerald Lascelles lamented Chris Connor's release of 'low-grade cabaret music'. First published in Jazz Journal November 1960

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It is a pity that Miss Connor ever heard Sarah Vaughan, for she has neither the voice control nor the imagi­nation to copy her effectively. For that matter I think it is an even greater pity that I ever heard Miss Connor. I have neither the time nor the patience to listen to such nonsense, especially if it is offered in a jazz series.

The one redeeming feature of an otherwise dis­astrous record is Kenny Burrell’s interesting guitar work. Kenny is one of the great interpreters of guitar jazz to­day, and an outstanding technician into the bargain. I am sorry to see him wasting his talents on such low-grade cabaret music.

Discography
Strike Up The Band; Misty; Senor Blues; Lover Come Back To Me; Angel Eyes; Hallelujah I Love Him So (18¼ min.) – Poor Little Rich Girl; ’Round Midnight; All About Ronnie; Fine And Dandy; Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me; It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing; Chinatown My Chinatown (20½ min.)
Chris Connor (vcl); Bill Rubenstein (p); Kenny Burrell (g); Eddie de Haas (bs); Lex Humphries (d).
(London SAH-K6088 Stereo. 12inLP. 35s. 9½d.)

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