Shirley Horn: You Stepped Out of a Dream
You Stepped Out of a Dream
Shirley Horn (vocals, piano)
You Won't Forget Me (Verve 847 482)
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
The late Shirley Horn had a long list of admirers. If you have any doubts, just look at the list of sidemen on her You Won't Forget Me CD -- which includes fellas named Wynton and Miles. They don't appear on this track, but the jazz credentials here are impeccable nonetheless. Buster Williams throws down the gauntlet during the opening bars, dishing out a queasy, churning bassline that would throw many singers for a loss. But Horn thrives on this type of accompaniment. Her intonation is perfect, her rhythmic sense impeccable, her phrasing always in sync with the meaning of the lyric. The CD title was prophetic. Although Horn is departed from the scene, she won't be forgotten.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia