Chris Connor: Come Back to Sorrento


Come Back To Sorrento


Chris Connor (vocals)


Sings Lullabys [sic] of Birdland (Bethlehem BCP 1001)

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Chris Connor (vocals), Ellis Larkins (piano),

Everett Barksdale (guitar), Beverley Peer (bass)


Composed by Ernesto de Curtis & Claude Aveling


Recorded: New York, August 9, 1954


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

"I've always wanted to sing with a trio," Chris Connor confided. "I had to fight loud brass for too many years." Surely she didn't mean her 1952-53 stint with Stan Kenton's 20-piece band? Nothing loud about that outfit. I SAID, NOTHING LOUD ABOUT THAT OUTFIT! In any case, Chris's wish came true on her debut album. Reluctant to be pigeonholed in a commercially limited category, Chris declared, "I don't really think of myself as a jazz singer." She then transforms "Come Back To Sorrento" from canzone Napoletana into bopera Americano. If this ain't jazz singing, cancel our flight to Sorrento.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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