Nancy Wilson: Midnight Sun
Nancy Wilson (vocals)
Lush Life (Blue Note 32745)
Bob Knight (trombone), Bill Hinshaw, Jimmy McGee (French horn); Harry Klee, Justin Gordon, Bob Hardaway (reeds); Donn Trenner (piano), Catherine Gotthoffer (harp), 16-piece string section.
Composed by Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton & Johnny Mercer; arranged by Oliver Nelson.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, May 15, 1967
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Alaska is the only U.S. state where periodically the sun shines around the clock. Thankfully, Nancy Wilson lets us unfortunates in the lower latitudes share this phenomenon. "The clouds were like an alabaster palace / Rising to a snowy height," she sings Johnny Mercer's extraordinary lyrics. "Each star its own aurora borealis / Suddenly you held me tight / I could see the midnight sun." Who says songwriters aren't essential to civilization? Oliver Nelson's lovely arrangement, expertly performed by studio musicians, provides leverage. But Nancy Wilson's sensitivity, matchless diction and dramatic intimacy keep the sun permanently perched above our horizon.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
Tags: jazz vocals