The Chris Connor Bio-Discography:
Chronological List Of Recordings

by Iván Santiago Mercado

Page generated on Jun 17, 2017

Title: {There's A Small Hotel [vocal] / Sleepy Serenade [Thornhill instrumental}
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: 78     Label: RCA VICTOR     Cat. Num.: 20-3391     Rel. Year: 1949
03:01 01/06/1949 D9-BV-0049 Master There's A Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Gil Evans (arr), Claude Thornhill (con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)

NOTES:
Explanatory Comment About This Discography's Index Of Issues.
This automatically generated index lists all the issues (CDs, LPs, singles, etc.) that are part of the Chris Connor discography. The issues are ordered chronologically, by year of release. Issues for which I am missing the year of release are placed at the end of the page.


Title: {I Don't Know Why [vocal] / Lullaby Of The Rain [Thornhill instrumental]}
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: 78     Label: RCA VICTOR     Cat. Num.: 20-3392     Rel. Year: 1949
03:15 01/06/1949 D9-VB-0048 Master I Don't Know Why (Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Claude Thornhill (arr, con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)


Title: {You're The Cream In My Coffee / Cherokee}
Artist: Jerry Wald and His Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: DECCA     Cat. Num.: 28203 / 9-28203     Rel. Year: 1952
02:39 04/17/1952 82696 Master Cherokee (Ray Noble)
02:34 04/17/1952 82694 Master You're The Cream In My Coffee (Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
"Cherokee" is more of an instrumental than a vocal. Chris Connor hums the melody, very briefly, toward the end of the performance. No lyrics are sung.


Title: {Terremoto [vocal] / The Thrill Is Gone [Wald instrumental]}
Artist: Jerry Wald and His Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: DECCA     Cat. Num.: 28554 & 9-28554     Rel. Year: 1952
02:32 04/17/1952 82699 Master Terremoto (Sherm Feller)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
"Terremoto" is actually a wordless vocal. In truth, the performance features very little of Connor, and very little of a vocal. She just hums the melody, briefly, at the beginning of the performance.


Title: {Pennies From Heaven / Raisins And Almonds}
Artist: Jerry Wald and His Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: DECCA     Cat. Num.: 29575 & 9-29575     Rel. Year: 1952
03:04 04/17/1952 82697 Master Pennies From Heaven (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston)
02:54 04/17/1952 82698 Master Raisins and Almonds (Bobby Day, Maurice Sigler)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Basic Music Library [4 Jerry Wald numbers, 2 of them with Chris Connor]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 16" Transcription Disc     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: P 2719 - P 2720     Rel. Year: 1952
02:34 04/17/1952 82694 Master You're The Cream In My Coffee (Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson)
02:39 04/17/1952 82696 Master Cherokee (Ray Noble)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The listed acts are those found in the side of the disc that features Peggy Lee. A search for details about P 2719 might be attempted in the future, if this discographer's schedule allows for it. Also bear in mind that the dating of this disc (and most other discs from the AFRS Basic Music / Station Library series) is tentative.


Title: {And The Bull Walked Around, Olé! / Jeepers Creepers}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 2388 & F 2388     Rel. Year: 1953
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 Master And The Bull Walked Around, Olé! (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (bkv)

NOTES:
In England, these two vocals were not issued on the same 78 single. "And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!" was combined with "Harlem Nocturne" (78 #LC-13939), "Jeepers Creepers" with "The Creep" (78 #LC-14054). Both "Harlem Nocturne" and "The Creep" are Kenton instrumentals. All 4 masters were recorded in 1953.


Title: {All About Ronnie / Baia}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 2511 & F 2511     Rel. Year: 1953
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Master Baia (Ary Barroso)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Chris Connor contributes a wordless vocal to "Baia," which is credited on the label of the released single as an instrumental -- with no mention made of Connor's contribution. The flip side ("All About Ronnie") does credit "Chris Connors."

The September 19, 1953 issue of Melody Maker contains the following review: "All About Ronnie is a showcase for Stan Kenton's recent vocal discovery Chris Connor. He intended the record to be the one that would set the glamorous 25 year old Kansas City girl on the road to international fame, and was so concerned that it should do her full justice that he turned down the first recording, remade the title at a subsequent session and then scrapped that and did yet another remake at a later date. Yet, after all that, Capitol has not even stated on the label that the side features a vocalist, let alone her. Which is a pity, because Miss Connor certainly deserves a label credit. She may not be the world's greatest ever, but she shows up here as a modern style torch singer who can hold her own with any of the contemporaries in the field. She has a vibrant, luscious tone, sings well technically and knows how to tug the heart strings without descending to the exaggerated emotionalism and other affectations of the Johnnie Rays and other horrors, male and female, who somehow get themselves accepted as vocalists. Chris also has a leading role in Baia, but of a very different kind. Her voice is used 'instrumentally.' Maybe you won't think the result compares very favourably with Duke Ellington's Kay Davies or the bop offerings of Jackie Cain but if so the blame will be less Miss Connor's and more that of the arranger, the recording, and whoever directed her. The arrangement does no more than give the melody to articulate without any attempt to blend her with the rest of the band; the recording makes too much use of the echo chamber; and someone seems to have told her to just doo-ee-oo. The outcome is anything but imaginative or subtle as far as Chris' contribution is concerned. Otherwise the record is a typical Kenton Latin-American styled presentation, and while not his best, should satisfy most Kenton enthusiasts."

This single was released in England as a 78 disc with catalogue number CL-13691.


Title: [Stan Kenton] souvenir album, title unknown, issued to members of Cornell University's Rhythm Club
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: private issue     Cat. Num.:      Rel. Year: 1953
      April 15, 1953, At 8:15 p.m. Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
      April 15, 1953, At 8:15 p.m. Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bsx), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
These are selections from a much longer set that Chris Connor performed at a Cornell University concert appearance with The Stan Kenton Orchestra. (For Connor's full concert set, see Concert, Radio And Television page, April 15, 1953.) The concert was sponsored by the university's Junior Class Council Special Events Committee. This souvenir LP was given just to members of the university's Rhythm Club. Other listeners, not present at the date, were still able to enjoy the full broadcast thanks to its transmission on Ithaca's public radio station WVBR.

In the specific case of this non-commmercial item, please bear in mind that the assigned release date is actually an educated guess of mine.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Portraits On Standards
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: EP /(10" & 12") LPs     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: EBF/H/T-462     Rel. Year: 1953
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Master Baia (Ary Barroso)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Relying on ads that Capitol placed in Billboard magazine issues from 1953 and early 1954, I am assigning a second-half-of-1953 release date to this album.

A February 20, 1954 ad lists both the EP and the 10" LP as available. The earlier (1953) ads do not clarify which configurations were available during that year; they just indicate that Portraits On Standards was available to the public in some shape or form.

As for the 12" LP version, it seems to have been issued in 1955 or, at the earliest, 1954.

In England, the original 10" LP was issued with catalogue number LC-6697.

Later reissues include a LP on Creative World and various CDs, such as a domestic one released in 2001 and a British disc, on Music For Pleasure (CDDL-1293).


Title: Basic Music Library [4 Stan Kenton numbers, 2 of them with Chris Connor]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 16" Transcription Disc     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: P 2795 - P 2796     Rel. Year: 1953
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 Master And The Bull Walked Around, Olé! (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (bkv)

NOTES:
The listed acts are those found in the side of the disc that features Chris Connor. A search for details about P 2795 might be attempted in the future, if this discographer's schedule allows for it. Also bear in mind that the dating of this disc (and most other discs from the AFRS Basic Music / Station Library series) is tentative.


Title: {Miser's Serenade / Blue Silhouette}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 78 & 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: B 1291     Rel. Year: 1954
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
In the label of this 78 rpm disc, the accompaniment is identified as the Jim Bright Orchestra. Discographies and later albums calls it instead The Sy Oliver Orchestra. Both the 78 rpm and the 45 rpm bear the same catalogue number.


Title: {Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah / Ask Me}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 78     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 1293     Rel. Year: 1954
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland {Part 1}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-101A     Rel. Year: 1954
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland. I have added the clarification "part 1" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP with the same title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland {Part 2}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-101B     Rel. Year: 1954
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland. I have added the clarification "part 2" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP with the same title. In England, London Records released this EP as EZ-N 19010.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers {Part 1}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-102A     Rel. Year: 1954
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers. I have added the clarification "part 1" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP with the same title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers {Part 2}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-102B     Rel. Year: 1954
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers. I have added the clarification "part 2" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP with the same title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-1001     Rel. Year: 1954
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This LP was Bethlehem's very first album in its 10" series. It contains all the tracks which were released that same year (1954) in the two EPs of the same title (BEP-101A, BEP-101B).


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-1002     Rel. Year: 1954
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Along with Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland, this was one of the two albums that launched Bethlehem's 10" LP series in 1954. It contains all the tracks which were also released, in the two EPs of the same title (BEP-102A, BEP-102B), on that same year.

The back cover shortens the title of the song "How Long Has This Been Goin' On?" to just "How Long?"

In London, this 10" LP was issued by London Records as LZ-NI4007.


Title: Chris {Part 1}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-114     Rel. Year: 1955
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris. I have added the clarification "part 1" to differentiate it from later EPs that bear the same title (BEP-127 and BEP-130).

Bethlehem seems to have mistakenly released two EPs with catalogue number BEP-114: this one by Chris Connor and another one by Helen Carr, also a vocalist under Bethlehem contract in the mid-1950s. I hasten to add that my points on this subject matter should be deemed tentative, because I have not seen physical copies of either EP. My source for the claim about Carr is the back cover of another issue (BEP-126), in which a partial listing of Bethlehem's EP catalogue has been printed. In that listing, EP #114 is identified as Helen Carr's, not Chris Connor's. As for the reason why I claim that there is also a Connor EP numbered BEP-114, I have seen online photos and also have reliable data about it.

The release date that I am offering for Chris (BEP-114) is tentative, too. This EP could have come out in either 1954 or 1955.

It is also worth noting that Bethlehem assigned to Chris Connor a full sequence of EP catalogue numbers: #126, #127, #129, and #130. It stands to reason that the one number missing from the sequence (i.e., 128) would have also been assigned to Connor. However, I have found no mention of an EP with that number anywhere. I am thus left to ponder whether the number was left unused. Perhaps the Connor EP under discussion was slated to bear catalogue number BEP-128, but was instead erroneously given the number BEP-114, which belonged to the Helen Carr item?


Title: This Is Chris {Part 1}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-126     Rel. Year: 1955
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply This Is Chris. I have added the clarification "part 1" to differentiate it from other Bethlehem EPs with the same title.


Title: Chris {Part 2}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-127     Rel. Year: 1955
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), Sy Oliver (arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Milt Hinton (b), Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris. I have added the clarification "part 2" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP that bears the same title (BEP-114).


Title: This Is Chris {Part 2}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-129     Rel. Year: 1955
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply This Is Chris. I have added the clarification "part 2" to differentiate it from other Bethlehem EPs with the same title.


Title: Chris {Part 3}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-130     Rel. Year: 1955
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Milt Hinton (b), Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris. I have added the clarification "part 3" to differentiate it from other Bethlehem EPs with the same title. Side A contains only one song, "Indian Summer."


Title: Basic Music Library [4 songs from LP This Is Chris]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 16" Transcription Disc     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: P 4435 - P 4436     Rel. Year: 1955
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The dating of this disc (and most other discs from the AFRS Basic Music / Station Library series) is tentative.


Title: This Is Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-20     Rel. Year: 1955
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP, which was probably issued in the summer or early fall of 1955. (The October 1, 1955 issue of Billboard ranks it fourth among the best-selling jazz LPs at that moment. The January 28, 1956 issue of Billboard magazine ranks it fourth among the jazz LPs that were selling the best at the moment.) Three months later, the April 28, 1956 issue of Billboard magazine showed it to be just one both lower, as the fifth currently best-selling LP.)

From England:
1. London LP: LZ-N14036

From Japan:
2. ?Bethlehem ?LP: PAP-23029
3. Bethlehem LP: LLF1005
4. Polydor LP: MP2334
5. Angel ?LP: HV-3021
6. CBS Sony LP: 22AP-233
7. Nippon Columbia LP: COJY-9025 ("The Complete Collection Of Bethlehem" Series)
8. Nippon Columbia CD: 33CY-1641 (1987, twofer)
9. Nippon Columbia CD: CY-3779 (1989, "Bethlehem Original Vocal Collection" Series)
10. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-9921 (1992, "Vocal" series, no bonus tracks)
11. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-75723
12. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-78662 (1995)
13. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-62014 (1997)
14. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-6347 (2005)
15. Victor CD: VICJ-61462 (2007, miniature LP edition)
16. Ultra Vybe CD: CDSOL-6017 (2012, "Bethlehem 1000 Album Collection" Series)

From the United States:
17. Bethlehem LP: BCP-5017 (1958)
18. Evidence CD: 20-5017-2 (1994; "Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series;" 12 bonus alternate takes)
19. Avenue Jazz CD: R2 76684 (2000; 12 bonus alternate takes)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Basic Music Library [7 Bethlehem vocals, 5 of them by Chris Connor, 2 by Bobby Troup]
Artist: Various
Format: 16" Transcription Disc     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: p 6269 - P 6270     Rel. Year: 1955
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Everett Barksdale, Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The listed acts are those found in the side of the disc that features Chris Connor. A search for details about P 6269 might be attempted in the future, if this discographer's schedule allows for it. Also bear in mind that the dating of this disc (and most other discs from the AFRS Basic Music / Station Library series) is tentative.


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958]     Rel. Year: 1956
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:50 01/23/1956 1853 Master Where Are You? (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Master Anything Goes (Cole Porter)
03:27 01/19/1956 1836 Master When The Wind Was Green (Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 Master He Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:49 01/23/1956 1855 Master Every Time (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Master Way Out There (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 Master My April Heart (Buddy Goodman, George Wallington)
02:08 01/23/1956 1856 Master Almost Like Being In Love (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (con), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), John Lewis, Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson, Connie Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
In addition to the 11 tracks listed above, this album includes one more, which is shown immediately below, in the next entry.

Recorded during the second half of Janaury 1956, Connor's eponymous album was her debut on Atlantic Records. It has been touted as "the first jazz vocal LP ever released" on that label, which was already advertising it on the music trade by April of that year.

Out of all her albums, Atlantic 1228 was the one that Connor most often listed as a favorite of hers, too. (She was not completely consistent on this matter, however. Over the years, she occasionally singled other albums as her favorites as well, leaving this one unmentioned.)

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Australia:
1. Warner International / Special Markets CD: 273138 (2008; "Atlantic Masters" Series)

From England:
2. London LP: HA-K-220
3. London LP: SAH-K 6032
4. WEA International CD: 7567-80769-2 (2000, although seemingly erroneously listed as 1998 in one source; "Atlantic Original Sound" Series; might have also been reissued or previously issued with a different catalogue number -- 130036? -- and as part of a different series)

From Japan:
5. Warner Pioneer LP: P 4565A
6. Warner Pioneer LP: P 6012A (ca. 1975 "Jazz Vocal Best" Series)
7. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1050 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series; 2 bonus tracks)
8. Warner Music CD: WPCR-25017 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks -- "Circus," "Flying Home")
9. Wea/Warner Music CD: WPCR-25163 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; includes aforementioned 2 bonus tracks)
10. Wea CD: 7412051 (2012)
11. Warner Music CD: WCPR-27149 (2013; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio; allegedly has aforementioned two bonus tracks)
12. Warner Music CD: WPCR-29043 (2016, "Jazz Master Collection 1200" Series)

From the Netherlands:
13. Warner Brothers CD: 27963613 (2013)

From the United States:
14. Collectables CD: COL 6239 (1999; twofer with two bonus tracks; misses two of the original album's tracks)
15. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4CD box; misses the same two original tracks as #8 and includes above-mentioned bonus tracks, which were taken from singles)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1228     Rel. Year: 1956
03:00 02/08/1956 1877-mono Master Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)
02:49 02/08/1956 1874-mono Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This entry is actually a continuation of the one immediately above. (I have made separate entries for the track "Get Out Of Town" because Atlantic released two different vocal versions of them, one set in the mono album, the other set in the stereo album.

The stereo LP was released in 1958. This discography assumes that either all or most post-1958 releases of the album use the stereo versions, but the matter has not been researched.


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 577     Rel. Year: 1956
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 Master My April Heart (Buddy Goodman, George Wallington)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 Master He Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Master Way Out There (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (con), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
EP version of Chris Connor's eponymous debut album for Atlantic Records. I have not been able to find much data about it anywhere; the release date shown herein is an educated guess.


Title: {Past The Age Of Innocence / Go 'Way From My Window}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1097     Rel. Year: 1956
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Master Go 'Way From My Window (John Jacob Niles)
02:38 02/15/1956 1879 Master Past The Age Of Innocence (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {I Miss You So / My Heart Is So Full Of You}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1105     Rel. Year: 1956
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 Master My Heart Is So Full Of You (Frank Loesser)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
According to an article in the December 15, 1956 issue of Billboard magazine, "Atlantic signed Miss Connor as an album artist, and then decided to chance a couple of singles for the pop market. I Miss You So, the second of these singles, based on an old rhythm and blues hit, was released in August. Diskery worked on it a long time until it finally broke with heavy rotation in Detroit, Boston, and Cleveland ... This is one of the rare occasions that a jazz vocalist's disk has proved to be a strong pop seller."


Title: Bethlehem's Girl Friends {Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae}
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-6006     Rel. Year: 1956
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
As I have indicated in the title, this early compilation culls masters recorded for Bethlehem by three female singers. It was reissued on CD by EMI Toshiba in 1999, catalogue number TOCJ-62074. In England, it was also split into three EPs; see the 1957 entry for London's Girl Friends.


Title: Chris (aka The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-56 [reissued 1961]     Rel. Year: 1956
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This Bethlehem LP (BCP 56) was actually issued under two titles: Chris and The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor. The two versions contain the same tracks and feature the same Burt Goldblatt photo on the front cover. There are a few minor differences between them, though. Most notably, the cover of The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor lists the album's twelve tracks and identifies the accompaniment as "Sy Oliver and others." On the other hand, neither tracks nor accompaniment are to be found in the front cover of Chris.

For this release, Bethlehem combined previously issued numbers (half of the album; specifically, the 1954 masters + the 1955 performance of "From This Moment On") with numbers that were making their comercial debut (the other 1955 numbers and the trio of 1953 masters).

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: HA-K2020
2. London LP: HB-N1074
3. Ember LP: 3341 (under the title The Magic Of Chris Connor, 1962)

From Japan:
4. Nippon Columbia LP: YP 7102BE
5. Nippon Columbia LP: COJY-9037 ("The Complete Collection Of Bethlehem" Series)
6. CBS Sony LP: 22AP-234
7. Trio LP: PAP-23024
8. Ember LP: EMB-3341 (I have not seen a copy, but I presume that its title is The Magic Of Chris Connor)
9. Angel LP: HV-3
10. Nippon Columbia CD: 33CY-1641 (1987, twofer)
11. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-6491 (1990, "Bethlehem Original Vocal Collection" Series)
12. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-9931 (1992, "Vocal" Series)
13. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-78663 (1995)
14. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-62015 (1999)
15. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-9617 (2004, miniature LP edition, 24-bit remaster CD, original 15 tracks only)
16. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-6351 (2006)
17. Victor CD: VICJ-61463 (2007, miniature LP edition)
18.. Ultra-Vybe CD: CDSOL-6018 (2012, "Bethlehem Album Collection 1000" Series)

From the United States:
19. Evidence CD (1994): 20-4011-2 (1994; "Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series;" 12 bonus alternate takes)
20. Jazz Heritage Society CD: 5172478 (2003; back cover also carries the legend "1999 JASRAC mfd. by Toshiba-EMI in Japan")
21. Avenue Jazz CD: R2 75988 (2000; 12 bonus alternate takes)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-6004 [reissued 1959]     Rel. Year: 1956
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. A Reissue Of Which Earlier Album(s)?

An oddity about this 12" LP is that, contrary to expectations, it is not an expanded edition of the 1954 10" LP of the same title. At least, not fully so. This 12" version actually skips 3 of the 8 numbers that had appeared in the 10" issue (namely, "I Hear Music," "Come Back To Sorrento," "All About Ronnie"), and adds 9 numbers. Therefore, the twelve incher is, at most, a partial, rather than a full reissue of the 10 incher.

Actually, we can definitely arrive at a more precise description of what this album is or isn't. Rather than a partial reissue of just the 10" LP Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland, the 12" LP under discussion is best understood as a partial reissue of both that ten incher and its companion, Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers. Of the 16-total song output from that pair of albums, the LP under discussion includes 11. On the 12" format, the remaining 5 numbers would come out on the LP Chris, which Bethlehem would released on the following year.

This 12" LP (Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland) also includes 3 songs culled from Connor's debut Bethlehem session. All three of them had been previously issued on 78 and EP, but not on LP.

B. Total Number Of Tracks: 12 Or 13?

Some online sites list only 13 tracks for this album. My copy definitely has 14 tracks, and so do the other copies that I have been able to inspect. As will be discussed in the next paragraph, this LP exists in two versions. At one point in the past, I wondered if perhaps stye track was missing from a pressing of the version with which I was less acquainted. At the present point, I have seen enough copies to doubt such a possibility. (I still will not rule it out, though. Should such pressing actually exist, the track most likely to be missing is "Ask Me.")

C. Collectors' Corner: Alternate Cover Artwork

Yet one more irregularity about this album (BCP 6004) is that it came in two slightly different front covers. The covers are actually shots from the same photo session. Both show Connor from her shoulders up, caught in the act of singing. She is wearing a yellow shirt. In the most widely disseminated cover, the singer's mouth is wide open and her eyes are closed. In the rarer cover, her mouth is barely open (showing just her upper teeth) and her eyes are open. Otherwise, cover and artwork are essentially identical, and the tracks are the same in both versions.

The catalogue number is the same for the American versions, but in Japan the covers can be found in different labels. For instance, Angel HV 3001 uses the "open mouth" cover, whereas Polydor MP 3240 features the "closed mouth" photo.

My copy of the "open mouth" version is actually a reissue that keeps the original BCP 6004 catalogue number but identifies itself as a 1984 pressing from Cayre Industries, then the owners of the Bethlehem catalogue.

This was not the only album cover from Bethlehem's 12" LP series to be released in two relatively different versions. Connor's own Chris (BCP-56) can be counted among the handful others that underwent a similar process. Others, from the same BCP-6000 series (1956-1964): K + J.J. (BCP-6001, retitled "Nuf Said" and printing the acts' names, Kay Winding & J.J. Johnson, in larger font), East Coasting By Charlie Mingus (BCP-6019 and, in stereo, SBCP-6019; retitled The Genius Of Charlie Mingus), The Original ... And Best Of Nina Simone (BCP-6028 and, in stereo, BS-6028). In some of these cases, a conversion from mono to stereo might have factored into the modification of the artwork. Furthermore, a reissue series (BCP-6000) that included most of these albums came out later (between 1976 and 1978), using in some instances brand new artwork, and in other instances modified artwork.


D. Release Date

The "open mouth" cover was released in November of 1956, the "closed mouth" cover in 1959.


E. Reissues

This 1956 album has been reissued many times. I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues.

From England/Germany:
1. Parlophone LP: PMC 1082
2. Charly CD: CDGR 125 (contains 14 original tracks and, as a bonus, an alternate of "Why Shouldn't I?;" 1992)

From France:
3. ____: 6823MY217 (unknown whether this is a LP or a CD; label is listed as Bethlehem but should actually be whichever French label had the rights to issue and/or distribute the original album)

From Japan:
4. Angel LP: HV-3001 (contains all 14 original tracks; probably released in the 1960s)
5. Polydor LP: MP-3240
6. CBS/Sony LP: SOPL283BH (release date believed to fall between 1973 and 1979)
7. Nippon Columbia/Jazz Emporium LP: YI-7103 BE (14 tracks, release date 1984 printed on the vinyl)
8. Trio - Bethlehem LP: PAP-23003 (14 tracks)
9. Nippon Columbia CD: 30CY1432 (14 tracks, 1987)
10. Nippon Columbia LP: COJY-9023 ("The Supreme Collection Of Bethlehem" Series," limited edition LP, 14 tracks, 1992)
11. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-9916 ("Vocal" series, 14 tracks, 1992)
12. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-78661 (16 tracks; bonuses: alternates of "Why Shouldn't I" & "Stella By Starlight," though the latter is misidentified in the track listing as "Ask Me;" 1995)
13. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-62016 (16 tracks; bonuses: alternates of "Why Shouldn't I?" & "Stella By Starlight;" 1999)
14. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCP-9307 (15 tracks; bonus: alternates of "Why Shouldn't I?;" 2001)
15. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-6342 (24-bit audio; 16 tracks; bonuses: alternates of "Why Shouldn't I?" & "Stella By Starlight;" 2005)
16. Victor CD: VICJ-61452 ("miniature LP" edition, 16 tracks; bonuses: alternates of "Why Shouldn't I?" & "Stella By Starlight;" 2007)
17. Victor CD: VICJ-61633 (16 tracks; bonuses: alternates of "Why Shouldn't I?" & "Stella By Starlight;" 2010)

From the United States:
18. Evidence CD: 20-3005-2 (15 tracks; bonus: alternate of "Why Shouldn't I?;" 1992)
19. Jazz Heritage Society CD: 5172478 (15 tracks; bonus: alternate of "Why Shouldn't I?"; straight reissue of preceding item, uses color instead of label customary b&w artwork; 1992)
20. Avenue Jazz/Rhino CD: R2 79851 (15 tracks; bonus: alternate of "Why Shouldn't I?;" 2000)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.

I should make additional mention of a 2003 CD on King Records (KICJ-456). Titled Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland, it contains tracks not from her Bethlehem period but from a 2002 Connor session. Not having seen a physical copy until recently, I once included that CD on the list above. I was relying on an online review. As of 2017, that review by Scott Yanow at the All-Music Guide still misguidedly starts off with the sentence "[t]his CD reissue draws its music from singer Chris Connor's first three sessions as a leader;" then it proceeds to discuss some of her Bethlehem studio masters. To compound the error, the review ends with the sentence "King Records released a version of the CD in 2003."


Title: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1240/SD-1240     Rel. Year: 1956
03:46 06/05/1956 2009 Master High On A Windy Hill (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)
03:57 06/05/1956 2006 Master 'Round About (Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash)
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Master Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
03:50 06/06/1956 2013 Master You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
03:46 06/06/1956 2010 Master Why Can't I? (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:11 06/06/1956 2011 Master Suddenly It's Spring (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:43 08/07/1956 2076 Master About The Blues (Arthur Hamilton)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Master Oh! You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:30 08/07/1956 2073 Master Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
04:13 08/07/1956 2075 Master I Wonder What Became Of Me (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
03:53 08/07/1956 2074 Master Thursday's Child (Elisse Boyd, Murray Grand)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The LP under consideration was reviewed on the November 10, 1956 issue of Billboard magazine. Its mono version must have thus been commercially released in October or November of 1956. According to Goldmine's Price Guide To Collectible Jazz Albums 1949-1969 , its stereo version was not released until 1960.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1058 (Japan, 1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
2. Warner WPCR-25173 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)
3. Warner Music CD: WCPR-27348 (2013; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
4. Collectables CD: COL 6239 (1999; twofer)
5. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland (Jazz Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: London     Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ez N19010     Rel. Year: 1956
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {Time Out For Tears / I Love You, Yes I Do}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1121     Rel. Year: 1957
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Master Time Out For Tears (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 Master I Love You, Yes I Do (Henry Glover, Sally Nix, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler, Guy Wood)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {Trust In Me / Mixed Emotions}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1138     Rel. Year: 1957
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Master Trust In Me (Milton Ager, Ned Wever, Jean Schwartz)
02:50 10/16/1956 2160 Master Mixed Emotions (Stuart Louchheim)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Guest Star; The Great American Jazz Roundup
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 16" Transcription Disc     Label: USA Government's Treasury Department Service     Cat. Num.: Program No. 526     Rel. Year: 1957
01:45 Between January 23, 1956 And April 21, 1957 Radio Taping Almost Like Being In Love (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)

Unknown (b, p, d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Also includes performances by the Jerry Mulligan Quartet, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Teddy Wilson Trio and the show's in-house band, led by Harry Sosnik.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2-601     Rel. Year: 1957     Volumes: 2
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Master Somebody Loves Me (Buddy G. DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:34 04/24/1957 2483 Master Fascinating Rhythm (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:08 03/26/1957 2423 Master Little Jazz Bird (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:12 04/24/1957 2482 Master That Certain Feeling (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 Master The Man I Love (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:02 02/01/1957 2328 Master Looking For A Boy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 03/26/1957 2422 Master Clap Yo' Hands (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 Master 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:39 03/26/1957 2425 Master My One And Only (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:38 02/01/1957 2327 Master Liza (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 Master I've Got A Crush On You (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)
02:31 02/01/1957 2324 Master Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:00 02/01/1957 2326 Master Soon (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:45 02/01/1957 2329 Master I Got Rhythm (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:33 05/01/1957 2520 Master Embraceable You (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 03/12/1957 2420 Master Blah Blah Blah (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:26 02/01/1957 2323 Master Of Thee I Sing (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 02/07/1957 2337 Master Love Is Sweeping The Country (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
01:41 02/26/1957 2388 Master There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 Master I Loves You Porgy (Dubose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:09 02/07/1957 2334 Master I've Got Beginner's Luck (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Master Slap That Bass (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 Master They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:48 05/01/1957 2517 Master I Can't Be Bothered Now (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Master Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 Master (Our) Love Is Here To Stay (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Master Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 Master I Was Doing All Right (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 Master For You, For Me, For Evermore (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)

NOTES:

A. Jazz And Pop Vocalists Who Recorded Gershwin Songbooks In The Mid- To Late 1950s

This ambitious all-Gershwin project was Atlantic's answer to the series of successful 12" LP songbooks (Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, etc.) that Verve had been asking Ella Fitzgerald to record since 1956. It was advertised in the June 17, 1957 issue of Billboard magazine as "the biggest single packaging project in [Atlantic's] history ... long in the planning stage ... [with] different ensembles." It seems to have been issued in monophonic sound only.

Connor's set was actually the earliest (1957) of three Gershwin songbooks by female singers that were released in the late 1950s, the other two being Sarah Vaughan's on Mercury (1958) and Fitzgerald's on Verve (1959). All three sets contain a minimum of 20 numbers, with Connor's set surpassing the 30-song mark and Fitzgerald nearly doubling it up.

During these same years, there were also numerous album versions of the Gershwins' show Porgy and Bess, some of them recorded by solo acts (e.g., Pearl Bailey in 1959), some of them by the rosters of various record companies (e.g., Bethlehem, who enlisted Mel Tormé, Frances Faye, and Duke Ellington in 1956). Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song actually includes a three-song medley from the show; see session dated February 26, 1957.

B. Track Listing (LP Versus CD)

Although 32 titles are listed above, the original Almanac's total number of tracks is officially 30. Counted as one track is the aforementioned three-piece medley of songs from "Porgy And Bess": "Summertime," "There's A Boat Dat's Leaving For New York," and "I Loves You, Porgy." (The CD version contain the same 30 tracks plus four bonus numbers, for a total of 34 tracks.)

The first of the two LPs covers 16 tracks, from "Somebody Loves Me" to "Embraceable You." (In the CD versions, the first disc also contains 16 tracks, but the songs have been sequenced in a manner completely different from
the vinyl.)

C. Mono/Stereo Sound

The Almanac consists of two LPs and was -- as far as I can ascertain -- released in monophonic sound only. (See also comments under the 1960 issues Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1 and Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2.)

D. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP set.

From Japan:
1. Warner Pioneer LP: P 4555-4553A
2. Warner Pioneer LP: P 6080-6081A (ca. 1975; "Jazz Vocal Best" Series)
3. Atlantic 2CD: AMCY-1051 & AMCY-1052 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
4. Warner 2CD: WPCR-25018 & WCPR-25019 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio; 4 bonus tracks)
5. Warner 2CD: WPCR-25164 / 25165 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks. "Quality silver pressing and top notch printing.")
6. Warner 2CD: WPCR-75362 / 75363 (2008; "Forever Young" Series; 24-bit audio)
[All these editions are listed as containing 2 or 4 bonus tracks. The listings that claim 2 instead of 4 bonus tracks may be erroneous. The4 tracks are the same ones that were released in the 1989 American edition, listed below.]

From the United States:
7. Atlantic 2CD: 601-2 (1989; includes 4 bonus tracks)
{8-10.} The original 1957 LP was scheduled for reissue in 1960 as two separate items (i.e., volume 1 and 2). However, I have yet to find verification that Atlantic actually released them; they might have been cancelled. In 1963, Atlantic's budget branch Clarion also released a drastically shortened, 10-song LP version, entitled Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin.

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: London     Cat. Num.: Hb N 1074 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1957
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This album appears to be an 8-song, 10" LP version of the 12-song, 12" LP Chris (aka The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor).


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 593     Rel. Year: 1957
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 Master I Was Doing All Right (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 Master I've Got A Crush On You (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Master Somebody Loves Me (Buddy G. DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:54 03/12/1957 2420 Master Blah Blah Blah (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Atlantic issued 4 EPs containing songs culled from Connor's Gershwin sessions. Aside from the printed title, the front covers of those EPs bear no similarity to the cover of the 12" Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song album. Whereas the LP features a photo of the singer, the EPs have no photo and no other type of artwork. They show just the the title and the artist's name. Each is a blank canvas of a different color: black (#593), green (#594), blue (#595), and red (#596). My thanks to Donald Martin for his kind and extensive help during the process of researching these EPs.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 594     Rel. Year: 1957
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:26 03/26/1957 2422 Master Clap Yo' Hands (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:02 02/01/1957 2328 Master Looking For A Boy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:48 05/01/1957 2517 Master I Can't Be Bothered Now (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free, Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)

NOTES:
The front cover of this EP has no photo and no other type of artwork. It is a nearly blank canvas, colored green, and showing just the artist's name and the issue's title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 595     Rel. Year: 1957
02:00 02/01/1957 2326 Master Soon (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 Master The Man I Love (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Master Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The front cover of this EP has no photo and no other type of artwork. It is a nearly blank canvas, colored blue, and showing just the artist's name and the issue's title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 596     Rel. Year: 1957
02:39 03/26/1957 2425 Master My One And Only (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 02/07/1957 2337 Master Love Is Sweeping The Country (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 Master 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:12 04/24/1957 2482 Master That Certain Feeling (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann (f), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free, Hank Jones (p), Ronnie Free, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The front cover of this EP has no photo and no other type of artwork. It is a nearly blank canvas, colored red, and showing just the artist's name and the issue's title.


Title: I Miss You So
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8014     Rel. Year: 1957
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Master Go 'Way From My Window (John Jacob Niles)
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Master Trust In Me (Milton Ager, Ned Wever, Jean Schwartz)
02:38 02/15/1956 1879 Master Past The Age Of Innocence (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Master Time Out For Tears (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 Master I Love You, Yes I Do (Henry Glover, Sally Nix, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler, Guy Wood)
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 Master My Heart Is So Full Of You (Frank Loesser)
02:24 02/15/1956 1881 Master My Ideal (Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard Whiting)
02:50 10/16/1956 2160 Master Mixed Emotions (Stuart Louchheim)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 Master They All Laughed (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:34 02/15/1956 1880 Master Speak Low (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill)
02:37 07/28/1956 2065 Master Radar Blues (Harry Revel)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert (tb), Mundell Lowe (g), Wendell Marshall (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. A Compilation Of Singles (11 Tracks From Singles Sessions + 1 From An Album Session)

This 1957 collection gathered all the songs that Chris Connor had hitherto recorded at singles sessions (as opposed to album sessions):

2/15/56 (all 4 numbers from the session)
7/28/56 (all 3 numbers from the session)
10/16/56 (all 4 numbers from the session)

The collection's twelfth song ("They All Laughed") is a master recorded as part of the sessions for the album Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song, but not included in that set. (It was included as a bonus track, however, in the CD version of the Almanac.)

B. Numbers Issued On 45 Versus Previously Unissued Numbers

Two thirds of I Miss You So had previously appeared on Atlantic singles:

Atlantic #1097: Go 'Way From My Window / Past The Age of Innocence
Atlantic #1105: I Miss You So / My Heart Is So Full of You
Atlantic #1121: Time Out For Tears / I Love You Yes I Do
Atlantic #1138: Trust In Me / Mixed Emotions

The other third consists of songs that had never been issued before:

My Ideal (recorded during singles session dated 2/15/56)
Speak Low (recorded during singles session dated2/15/56)
Radar Blues (recorded during singles session dated 7/28/56)
They All Laughed (recorded during Gershwin Almanac session dated 4/24/57)

C. Release Date; Stereo Availability

Goldmine's Price Guide To Collectible Jazz Albums 1949-1969 gives a 1956 date to I Miss You So. Given the album's inclusion of a song that was recorded in 1957 ("They All Laughed"), the price guide must be wrong. The best evidence that 1957 is the correct date comes from the following comments, made by the album's liner annotator, Ren Grenvatt:

"And what has happened to jazz in the dozen years since the end of World War II literally amounts to rebirth ......."

"Ten years or so later in 1957, jazz had gone through its growing pains. A new and genuine music has evolved."

One copy of the album -- possibly a library copy -- bears a December 27, 1957 date stamped on its back. It thus seems that I Miss You So came out late in 1957. It certainly came out after Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song, because that set is mentioned by Grenvatt in his liner notes.

The original LP was released in mono only.

D. Reissues
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1059 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series; 4 bonus tracks)
2. Warner CD: WPCR-25172 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 4 bonus tracks)
3. Warner CD: WPCR-27934

From the United States:
4. Collectables CD: COL 6814 (2001; twofer)
5. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4-CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.

E. A Sequel
Another LP that also compiles Connor's pop singles on Atlantic Records, and which can be considered a sequel to this one, is Misty, released in Japan only, in 1975 (LP) and 2013 (CD).


Title: Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 580     Rel. Year: 1957
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 Master My Heart Is So Full Of You (Frank Loesser)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 Master I Love You, Yes I Do (Henry Glover, Sally Nix, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler, Guy Wood)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Master Time Out For Tears (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This EP is identified as I Miss You So in some sources but as Chris Connor in other sources. A look at the actual front cover reveals that the correct choice is just the singer's name. As for "I Miss You So", it is the title of the EP's first track.

I Miss You So is also the title of the 12" LP that contains this EP's 4 numbers, along with 8 others. Both the EP and the LP consist chiefly of songs that had been previously issued as singles.

Although the EP is basically a mini-edition of the LP, their respective covers couldn't be more different from one another. The LP features a photo of two couples by some trees. One of the couples is kissing. The front cover of the EP does not have a photo. It is just a black canvas with the name "Chris Connor" in large white lettering, plus the catalogue number, "atlantic ep 580," rendered in small green lettering.

My primary sources do not give a release date for Atlantic EP #580. I found the above-given 1957 release year in a secondary source. For that reason, this bit of information should be considered tentative and in need of further corroboration. (That said, my belief is that, out of the alternatives at hand, 1957 makes the most sense.)


Title: London's Girl Friends, No. 2
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM©London     Cat. Num.: RE-N 1093 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1957
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The London's Girl Friends EP series consists of three volumes, each dedicated to a different female singer. Gamely, London Records' first volume is dedicated to, well, Julie London. The second EP spotlights Chris Connor, the third Carmen McRae. All three EPs were apparently released in the United Kingdom and in Australia but not in the United States.

These EPs are actually mini-versions of the American LP Bethlehem's Girfriends. That LP's tracks are the same ones found in the EPs. Whereas the LP's front cover features separate photos of the three singers (every photo occupying one fourth of the cover's size), each EP features the one pertinent picture, in full EP size.

The photo on the cover of volume 2 is another shot from the session that also generated the artwork of the 12" LP Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland. However, the EP shot was taken from the distance -- unlike the 12" LP photo, which shows Connor's face at close range. The EP's photograph reveals that Connor is actually standing by a tree. She is wearing a yellow shirt, and her hair looks very blonde.


Title: Stars Of Jazz
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 16" Transcription Disc     Label: Armed Forces Radio & Television Service     Cat. Num.: Program No. 48     Rel. Year: 1957
02:34 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Unknown (b, d), Stan Freeman (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The release date is speculative. AFRS' Star of Jazz transcription discs bear no dates on them. If the very few AFRS Star of Jazz discs that I have seen online are any indication, there is no program number in them, either. The number which I have assigned to this disc is actually that of the original telecast (i.e., the source of the audio heard in the disc.)


Title: {Under Paris Skies / Moon Ride}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1188     Rel. Year: 1958
02:39 04/29/1958 3054 Master Under Paris Skies (Hubert Giraud, Kim Gannon, Jean Drejac)
02:45 04/29/1958 3055 Master Moon Ride (Margo Guryan)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {I Won't Cry Anymore / Hallelujah, I Love Him So}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1198     Rel. Year: 1958
02:26 07/31/1958 3108 Master Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
02:23 07/31/1958 3109 Master I Won't Cry Anymore (Fred Wise, Al Frisch)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1286     Rel. Year: 1958
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Master Moon Ray (Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw)
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Master Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
04:15 12/19/1956 2279 Master Just Squeeze Me (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines)
02:15 12/17/1956 2244 Master Fancy Free (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 Master It's A Most Unusual Day (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
03:28 11/16/1956 2206 Master All I Need Is You (Benny Davis, Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You (Irving Berlin)
04:19 12/17/1956 2243 Master Lonely Town (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:24 12/17/1956 2246 Master Driftwood (Peter Udel, Tommy Goodman)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 Master I'm Shooting High (Jimmy McHugh, Ted Koehler)
03:12 12/19/1956 2278 Master My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Sam Most (f), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Joe Puma (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Release Date

Curiously, this album's sessions were recorded in 1956, but the album itself was not released until 1958. The reason for the delay remains unknown to me.

B. Critical Reception

The May 1958 issue of the Atlantic Long Playing Newsletter (a company's promotional tool) declares that

{beginning of quote} this Chris Connor LP was widely hailed as the "best she has ever done." The critics saw her "at the top of her form" and several expressed the opinion that she is on the verge of a new phase of her career. The LP received the "Spotlight" review in Billboard; Chris readings were termed "inimitable" and "a sure winner with jazz buffs." Fred Sherman of the Miami Herald raved: "A nice mixture of girl and music. The album demonstrates just how far out this blond vocalist can get. But she never had better backing that on this date and never has she been given greater license with the flatted sighs." {end of quote}

C. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: LTZ-K15142 ("Jazz Series")

From Japan:
2. Atlantic Warner Pioneer LP: P 6130A (ca. 1975; "Jazz Vocal Best" Series)
3. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1072 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series; 2 bonus tracks)
4. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1228 (1998; 2 bonus tracks)
5. Warner CD: WPCR-25044 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks)
6. Warner CD: WPCR-25174 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks)
7. Warner Music CD: WCPR-27497 (2013; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
8. Rhino CD: R2 7147 (1999; twofer)
9. Collectors' Choice: CCM-116-2 (2001; twofer)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 615     Rel. Year: 1958
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Master Moon Ray (Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You (Irving Berlin)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 Master I'm Shooting High (Jimmy McHugh, Ted Koehler)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Sam Most (f), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Joe Puma (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This EP features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.


Title: Chris Craft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1290/SD-1290     Rel. Year: 1958
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Master Moonlight In Vermont (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Master Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)
03:38 03/13/1958 2998 Master Here Lies Love (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
03:03 05/23/1958 3067 Master Be A Clown (Cole Porter)
03:56 04/08/1958 3034 Master Good For Nothin' (But Love) (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 Master On The First Warm Day (Bart Howard)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Master Chinatown My Chinatown (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
02:40 04/08/1958 3033 Master One Love Affair (Bart Howard)
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 Master The Night We Called It A Day (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Master Johnny One Note (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Master Lover Man (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
04:24 04/08/1958 3032 Master Be My All (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Al Epstein (bcl, enh), Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Percy Heath (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
A November 3, 1958 Billboard ad lists only the monaural version of this LP. Given that fact, it is likely that the stereo version was released later. According to Goldmine's Price Guide To Collectible Jazz Albums 1949-1969 , the stereo version was indeed issued two years later (1960).

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Australia / England:
1. Warner International Special Markets CD: 8122 76594 2 4 (2004; "Atlantic Masters" Series)

From England:
2. London LP: LTZ-K.15151

From Japan:
3. Warner Pioneer LP: P-4516A (1975; "Jazz Vocal Best" Series)
4. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1062 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
5. Warner CD: WPCR-25020 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio)
6. Warner CD: WPCR-25170 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)
7. Warner CD: WCPR-27298 (20013; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
8. Rhino CD: R2 7147 (1999; twofer)
9. Collectors' Choice: CCM-116-2 (2001; twofer)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive -- not exhaustive nor 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate receiving the details about them. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most of the above-listed non-domestic items comes from a variety of sources, some of which are not fully reliable.


Title: Manhattan Melodies
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: vinyl radio transcription     Label: USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service     Cat. Num.: Program No. 85     Rel. Year: 1958
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Master Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Master Moon Ray (Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw)
02:15 12/17/1956 2244 Master Fancy Free (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Sam Most (f), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Joe Puma (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Manhattan Melodies was a radio show produced by the Air Force for recruitment purposes. My thanks to Eddie Styles for acquainting me with this particular episode, one of two listed in the present discography. (The other is program no. 262.) In addition to those two, I have come across vague internet listings for three more Connor-guesting programs (#190, #121 and #321), but none of the listings reveal the titles of her performances.


Title: Chris Craft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: unknown number     Rel. Year: 1958
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 Master On The First Warm Day (Bart Howard)
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Master Moonlight In Vermont (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Master Johnny One Note (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Master Lover Man (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Epstein (bcl, enh), Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The unknown catalogue number of this EP is presumably within the 600 range, and closer to that another Connor EP which was released this year (#615) . Atlantic's French version of the Chris Craft EP was numbered 212002 and features a head shot of a smiling Chris. (The photo is a publicity shot, b&w, in which Connot looks as if she had platinum-colored hair. The same shot was used as the cover of the Blue Moon CD 'S Wonderful.)


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: SD-1228     Rel. Year: 1958
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Master Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Mono Versus Stereo Editions

This is a special entry which lists only one of the 12 tracks in the LP Chris Connor, in its stereo version. Atlantic released two different vocal versions of "Get Out Of Town," one in the mono album, the other in the stereo album. The mono LP was released in 1956. The stereo LP was released in 1958. For the other 11 tracks, see the main (1956) album entry.

Audiophile fans of this album generally prefer its mono version. This early stereo version suffers from poor placement of both the vocalist (in the left speaker only, and sounding distant) and the instruments. The brass, heard in the right speaker, sounds too close to the mikes.

B. Critical Reception

A November 10, 1958 review of the album states that "[t]his package, one of the singer's earlier Atlantic LP's, is both tasteful and effective in stereo. A strong seller on monaural, it should enjoy equal sales on stereo."

C. Other Configurations?

Another Billboard entry, this one from a week earlier, also lists a "new stereo tape" with catalogue number 3D-7. I would like to receive further confirmation that this item was not only promoted but also actually released. (And was it a cassette or maybe a reel-to-reel tape?)


Title: {Try A Little Tenderness / What Is There To Say}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 11001     Rel. Year: 1958
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
If the 1958 release date that I have found for this and the next two singles is accurate, then Bethlehem must have tried to capitalize on Connor's success at Atlantic by reissuing old LP cuts in the 45 rpm format.


Title: {Come Back To Sorrento / Blame It On My Youth}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 11005     Rel. Year: 1958
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Everett Barksdale, Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {It's All Right With Me / All This And Heaven Too}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 11012     Rel. Year: 1958
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: This Is Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-5017     Rel. Year: 1958
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
A reissue of a LP originally released by Bethlehem in 1955.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Best ("Extra Deluxe Series")
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: EXLP-6     Rel. Year: 1958     Volumes: 3
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The 3 LPs in this set were also sold as separate volumes; see next three entries.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Best (Just For Variety, Volume 1)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-82     Rel. Year: 1958
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This Bethlehem sub-series consists of three volumes, bearing successive catalogue numbers (82, 83, 84). Connor is features in all three volumes.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Best (Just For Variety, Volume 2)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-83     Rel. Year: 1958
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This Bethlehem sub-series consists of three volumes, bearing successive catalogue numbers (82, 83, 84). Connor is features in all three volumes.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Best (Just For Variety, Volume 3)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-84     Rel. Year: 1958
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This Bethlehem sub-series consists of three volumes, bearing successive catalogue numbers (82, 83, 84). Connor is features in all three volumes.


Title: [Claude Thornhill] Dinner For Two
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: RCA VICTOR's Camden     Cat. Num.: CAL-307     Rel. Year: 1958
03:01 01/06/1949 D9-BV-0049 Master There's A Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Gil Evans (arr), Claude Thornhill (con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)


Title: {Flying Home / Circus}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2017     Rel. Year: 1959
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Master Circus (Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Master Flying Home (Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {Señor Blues / Misty}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2037     Rel. Year: 1959
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Master Señor Blues (Horace Silver)
02:32 09/06/1959 3656 Master Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1307/SD-1307     Rel. Year: 1959
03:14 01/29/1959 3338 Master Bargain Day (William Roy)
03:48 03/10/1959 3407 Master The End Of A Love Affair (Edward. C. Redding)
03:30 01/29/1959 3341 Master Glad To Be Unhappy (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
05:00 03/19/1959 3411 Master Ballad of the Sad Café (Charles DeForest)
04:23 01/29/1959 3340 Master Good Morning, Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
04:27 03/10/1959 3408 Master Something I Dreamed Last Night (Jack Yellen, Herb Magidson, Sammy Fain)
04:51 03/19/1959 3413 Master Lilac Wine (James H. Shelton)
04:52 01/29/1959 3339 Master One For My Baby (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (r, f), Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Marshal Royal, Phil Woods (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Donald Byrd, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young (t), Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones, Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), William Exiner, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Mac Ceppos, Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Mono Versus Stereo Versions

This LP actually contains 9 tracks. I have separately listed the album's first track, "These Foolish Things," because Atlantic released two different vocal versions of it, one in the mono album, the other in the stereo album.

B. Chris Connor's Favorite Album(s)

Asked in 1995 about the recording she was most proud of, Chris Connor replied as follows: "I especially like the one Ralph Sharon arranged for me and the Basie band, The Ballad Of The Sad Café. And I like the first [sic] album I did for Atlantic, called I Miss You So." (In other occasions, Connor singled out other albums as well. The one that she most frequently mentioned was her actual first Atlantic album, the self-titled Chris Connor. See also notes at the bottom of this page.)

C. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. Hallmark CD: 709482 (2010; awfully inferior sound quality)

From Japan:
2. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1067 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
3. Warner CD: WPCR-25167 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks)
4. Warner Music CD: WCPR-27395 (2013; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
5. Collectables CD: COL 6277 (1999; twofer)
6. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4-CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1307     Rel. Year: 1959
03:37 03/10/1959 3405-mono Master These Foolish Things (Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (f), Wayne Andre, Willie Dennis, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This entry and the one for SD 1307 are actually continuations of the main entry for Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café. Because Atlantic released two different takes of "These Foolish Things," one in this mono album and the other in the stereo album, I have created separate entries for that master. Visually, the cover of the mono and stereo LPs also evince a couple of differences. Besides the inclusion or exclusion of the word "stereo," the background coloring of the mono LP is a light gray, whereas the stereo LP uses a dark brown.

In my search of possible additional alternate takes, I have closely listened to and compared the other tracks in the mono and stereo editions of Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café. The same search has led me to study other relevant issues -- namely, the 1991 Japanese CD version (AMCY 1067) of this album, and a 1999 domestic CD edition on the Collectables label. I have not found anything but divergences of little consequence, probably stemming from the variety of mastering styles used. (My thanks to Donald Martin, for supplying some of the issues that were needed for this listening task.)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: SD-1307     Rel. Year: 1959
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo Master These Foolish Things (Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (f), Wayne Andre, Willie Dennis, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
See note under main entry for this album (1307/SD1307).


Title: Witchcraft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8032/SD-8032     Rel. Year: 1959
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Master Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      09/21/1959 3775 Master I'll Never Be Free (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 Master The Lady Sings the Blues (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Master Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:15 10/05/1959 3820 Master When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal)
02:34 09/21/1959 3776 Master How Little We Know (How Little It Matters) (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 Master I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:28 10/05/1959 3819 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Master Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
02:40 09/14/1959 3765 Master Like A Woman (Frank Loesser)
04:13 10/05/1959 3818 Master Skyscraper Blues (Tom Adair, Jenkins)
03:44 09/14/1959 3766 Master You Don't Know What Love Is (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, enh), Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Mort Bullman, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (enh), Jim Buffington (frh), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Hank Jones (p), Sol Gubin (vib, d, bel), Osie Johnson, Don Lamond (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), Tony Bambino, Linda Barnett, Max Cahn, Mac Ceppos, Arnold Eidus, Felix Giglio, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Montagu, Gene Orloff (vn), Henry Pakaln, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Sidney Edwards (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The back cover of this original LP includes a photo of Connor, with conductor Richard Wess, at one of the recording sessions.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic Warner Pioneer LP: P 6155A (1976; "Jazz Vocal Best" Series)
2. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1068 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
3. Warner CD: WPCR-25043 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio)
4. Warner CD: WPCR-25166 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)
5. Warner Music CD: WCPR-27449 (2013; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
6. Collectables CD: COL 6814 (2001; twofer)
7. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris In Witchcraft)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 622     Rel. Year: 1959
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Master Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Master Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 Master I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
      09/21/1959 3775 Master I'll Never Be Free (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Mort Bullman, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Hank Jones (p), Sol Gubin, Don Lamond (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I've seen this EP in both its commercial retail and promotional disc jockey versions. Both feature the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart, but the commercial version (a cropping of the 12" LP photo) fully sticks to a turquoise or aquamarine coloring. Only the promotional version (a white sleeve with a small-size, black & white reproduction of the 12" album cover) includes the wording "Pop Goes Chris In Witchcraft."


Title: Chris In Person
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8040/SD-8040     Rel. Year: 1959
02:09 09/13/1959 3447 Concert Taping Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:10 09/13/1959 3448 Concert Taping Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:19 09/13/1959 3449 Concert Taping Señor Blues (Horace Silver)
03:17 09/13/1959 3450 Concert Taping Lover, Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
03:38 09/13/1959 3462 Concert Taping Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
02:48 09/13/1959 3452 Concert Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
02:46 09/13/1959 3453 Concert Taping Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
03:49 09/13/1959 3454 Concert Taping 'Round Midnight (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:18 09/13/1959 3458 Concert Taping Fine And Dandy (Paul James, Kay Swift)
02:49 09/13/1959 3459 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
03:23 09/13/1959 3460 Concert Taping It Don't Mean A Thing (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
02:35 09/13/1959 3461 Concert Taping Chinatown My Chinatown (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)

Chris Connor (ldr), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
There are actually 14 tracks in this issue. The very first track has not been entered in the present discography because it is a spoken introduction, given by the club's master of ceremonies.

In England, this LP was issued by London Records with catalogue number LTZK 15195.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: LTZK 15195 ("Jazz Series")

From Japan:
2. Atlantic Victor 10" LP: SMJ-6002 [eight songs*]
3. Warner Pioneer LP: P4515A
4. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1063 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
5. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1229 (1998) {Further corroboration for this item's existence is still needed}
6. Warner CD: WPCR-25042 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio)
7. Warner CD: WPCR 25169 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)
8. Warner Music CD: WCPR-27448 (2013; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
9. Collectables CD: COL 6887 (2000; twofer)
10. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4-CD box)

*The eight songs in the Japanese 10" LP are "Strike Up The Band," "Misty," "Señor Blues," "Lover, Come Back To Me," " 'Round Midnight," "Don't Worry 'bout Me," "It Don't Mean A Thing," and "Chinatown, My Chinatown."

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris In Person
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 623     Rel. Year: 1959
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
03:17 09/13/1959 3450 Concert Taping Lover, Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
02:18 09/13/1959 3458 Concert Taping Fine And Dandy (Paul James, Kay Swift)
02:49 09/13/1959 3459 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)

Chris Connor (ldr), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The only USA copy of the EP Chris In Person that I have ever seen is a promo. More specifically, it identifies itself as being "a special promotional EP for D. J. use only" and as containing "excerpts from the new LP that launches Atlantic's April Shower of Music by Chris Connor." I am not certain that this promotional item came in a cardboard cover -- although its commercial version must have. It might have come instead just in its a paper sleeve. The sleeve was filled with the text that would normally be found in a back cover, such as tracks and brief liner notes. Also included in the sleeve: a relatively small reproduction of the same photo that graces the cover of the 12" LP version. In addition to this American promo, I have seen the EP's British commercial edition on London Records, with catalogue number LTZ-K. 15195. Aside from a white frame that surrounds it, the sleeve's photo is same one that was used for the 12" LP.


Title: Sound Flights Into Jazz
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service     Cat. Num.: Volume 10     Rel. Year: 1959
01:28 Second Half of 1959 Program 55 Radio Taping Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:15 Second Half of 1959 Program 55; Incomplete Radio Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
01:58 Second Half of 1959 Program 56 Radio Taping Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
00:32 Second Half of 1959 Program 56; Incomplete Radio Taping Fine And Dandy (Paul James, Kay Swift)
02:12 Second Half of 1959 Program 57 Radio Taping Señor Blues (Horace Silver)
00:24 Second Half of 1959 Program 57; Incomplete Radio Taping Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
01:00 Second Half of 1959 Program 58 Radio Taping I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
01:37 Second Half of 1959 Program 58; Incomplete Radio Taping I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
01:51 Second Half of 1959 Program 59 Radio Taping It Don't Mean A Thing (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
00:58 Second Half of 1959 Program 59; Incomplete Radio Taping 'Round Midnight (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
01:37 Second Half of 1959 Program 60 Radio Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)
01:00 Second Half of 1959 Program 60; Incomplete Radio Taping Lover Man (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)

Chris Connor And Her Trio (acc), Mundell Lowe (g), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The LP Sound Flights Into Jazz, Volume 10 culls six programs made by Connor for the Air Force Reserve Recruiting Service, all of them originally broadcast over participating AFRS stations. Jim Lowe is the host of all six shows. The in-house orchestra is billed as Elliot Lawrence And The All-Stars. Each show is only five minutes long. Timing allows for two songs (one in full, the other performed in part) and brief patter:

Program #55
1. Strike Up The Band [complete]
2. All About Ronnie [incomplete]
Program #56
1. Misty [complete]
2. Fine And Dandy [incomplete]
Program #57
1. Señor Blues [complete]
2. Angel Eyes [incomplete]
Program #58
1. I Hear The Music Now [complete]
2. I Miss You So [incomplete]
Program #59
1. It Don't Mean A Thing [complete]
2. 'Round Midnight [incomplete]
Program #60
1. Blow, Gabriel, Blow [complete]
2. Lover Man [incomplete]

As for the patter that vocalist and host exchange in these programs, it mixes some friendly banter (e. g., Connor and Lowe joke about the accent they both share, as "fellow Missourians") with recruiting propaganda ("it's smart for a girl to serve in the Air Force Reserve," Miss Rhyming Connor enthusiastically proclaims).

All six shows start with the host identification of the personnel: "It's Jim Lowe and here we go on an Air Force Reserve Sound Flight with Chris Connor, Her Trio, plus Mundell Lowe on guitar, and Elliot Lawrence And The All-Stars. It's jazz at its best on Sound Flights."

The album's back cover contains the following legend: "Prepared by Office of Information, Continental Air Command, Mitchell Air Force Base, New York."

The recording date(s) of these Sound Flight numbers remain(s) unknown. But a variety of clues have led me to confidently pick 1959 as the correct year.

Online, I have found references to an additional AFRS Chris Connor LP, said to contain program No. 321 of the Air Force Recruiting Service. Any further information about PGM 321 would be appreciated. (Notice also related entry in this page, entitled [AFRS] "Sounds Of Freedom" Show, release date unknown.)


Title: [Steve Lawrence] The United States Army Presents The Steve Lawrence Show, Featuring Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: PGM 62     Rel. Year: 1959
      Circa 1959 Radio Taping (unidentified song) (unknown)
      Circa 1959 Radio Taping (unidentified song) (unknown)

Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Most details, include track titles, unknown to me. The above-shown release date should be deemed tentative, though this show was definitely running in 1959. I would appreciate receiving information about the album's contents.


Title: Basic Music Library [LP Witchcraft]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 12" Transcription Disc     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: P 7313 - P 7314     Rel. Year: 1959
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Master Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      09/21/1959 3775 Master I'll Never Be Free (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 Master The Lady Sings the Blues (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Master Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:15 10/05/1959 3820 Master When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal)
02:34 09/21/1959 3776 Master How Little We Know (How Little It Matters) (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 Master I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:28 10/05/1959 3819 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Master Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
02:40 09/14/1959 3765 Master Like A Woman (Frank Loesser)
04:13 10/05/1959 3818 Master Skyscraper Blues (Tom Adair, Jenkins)
03:44 09/14/1959 3766 Master You Don't Know What Love Is (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, enh), Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Mort Bullman, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (enh), Jim Buffington (frh), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Hank Jones (p), Sol Gubin (vib, d, bel), Osie Johnson, Don Lamond (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), Tony Bambino, Linda Barnett, Max Cahn, Mac Ceppos, Arnold Eidus, Felix Giglio, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Montagu, Gene Orloff (vn), Henry Pakaln, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Sidney Edwards (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The dating of this disc (and most other discs from the AFRS Basic Music / Station Library series) is tentative.


Title: {I Only Want Some / That's My Desire}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2053     Rel. Year: 1960
01:58 01/28/1960 4240 Master That's My Desire (Carroll Loveday, Helmy Kresa)
02:47 01/28/1960 4241 Master I Only Want Some (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

Chris Connor (ldr), Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller (pdr), Joe Wilder (t), George Duvivier (b), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {Invitation / I Sold My Heart To The Junkman}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2073     Rel. Year: 1960
02:50 12/22/1959 3984 Master Invitation (Paul Francis Webster, Bronislau Kaper)
02:05 12/22/1959 3986 Master I Sold My Heart To The Junkman (Leon Rene, Otis Rene)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: A Portrait of Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8046/SD-8046     Rel. Year: 1960
02:50 11/16/1960 5177 Master Follow Me (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
02:44 09/19/1960 4934 Master Alone Together (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:54 10/27/1960 5145 Master All Too Soon (Duke Ellington, Carl Sigman)
02:47 09/19/1960 4935 Master Love (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
03:25 11/16/1960 5179 Master Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
03:02 10/27/1960 5148 Master Here's That Rainy Day (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:26 09/19/1960 4932 Master Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
02:47 10/27/1960 5147 Master If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:22 11/16/1960 5178 Master I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:48 10/27/1960 5146 Master Harlequin (George Cory, Douglass Cross)
04:20 11/16/1960 5180 Master I'm Glad There Is You (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz)
02:31 11/16/1960 5182 Master Sweet William (Joe Sherman, Sid Wayne)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ronnie Ball (arr, con, p), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Harry Lookofsky (ccm, vn), Jimmy Jones Orchestra (acc), Phil Bodner (r), Phil Woods (as), Bert Collins, Danny Stiles (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Willie Dennis (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton (b), Unknown (str), Hank Jones (p), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy, Teddy Sommer (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Critical Reception

Reviewed by John S. Wilson in the April 23, 1961 issue of New York Times: "Chris Connor is known primarily as a singer, and, as such, has developed a strong following, although her harsh agonized twisting of tunes has mystified and dismayed many listeners. Why she chooses to do this is not clarified by Portrait Of Chris, which is made up for the most part of straight interpretations of show tunes in a balladic vein. There are none of her wonted mannerisms. Instead we find a warm-voiced, moving singer with relaxed yet firmly controlled delivery, a vocalist who shows perception and flexibility. She is, it would seem, an extremely effective non-jazz singer and a far more skilled artist than her 'jazz' efforts have suggested."

B. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic Warner Pioneer LP: P 7709
2. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1073 ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
3. Warner CD: WPCR-25175 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)
4. Warner Music CD: WCPR-27199 (2012; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio)

From the Netherlands:
5. Warner Brothers CD: 2767804662 (2013)

From the United Kingdom:
6. Warner Jazz CD: 27395 (2013)

From the United States:
7. Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 (2001)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?]     Rel. Year: 1960
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Master Somebody Loves Me (Buddy G. DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:34 04/24/1957 2483 Master Fascinating Rhythm (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:08 03/26/1957 2423 Master Little Jazz Bird (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:12 04/24/1957 2482 Master That Certain Feeling (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 Master The Man I Love (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:02 02/01/1957 2328 Master Looking For A Boy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 03/26/1957 2422 Master Clap Yo' Hands (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 Master 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:39 03/26/1957 2425 Master My One And Only (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:38 02/01/1957 2327 Master Liza (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 Master I've Got A Crush On You (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)
02:31 02/01/1957 2324 Master Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:00 02/01/1957 2326 Master Soon (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:45 02/01/1957 2329 Master I Got Rhythm (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:33 05/01/1957 2520 Master Embraceable You (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free, Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Unreleased Volumes?

Reissue of the 1957 album of the same title, divided into this first volume and a second one. Although both volumes are listed in Atlantic's official files, there is reason to question their actual existence. So far, I have not seen any copies, nor do I know of anyone else who has.

B. Stereophonic Sound?

Notice also that, unlike the original 1957 issue, these volumes are listed as having come out in stereophonic. I do not know if the original sessions were recorded in both mono and stereo. (By stereo, Atlantic could have meant fake stereo.)

C. MP3 Editions

In 2009, both volumes were (re?)issued in MP3 format by the British budget label Hallmark. If interested in those versions, do bear in mind that, from an aural standpoint, many of Hallmark's releases leave a lot to be desired. This problem has been especially notorious in CDs that the label released during the first decade of the twenty-first century, but there is no reason to expect that their MP3 items would sound any better.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?]     Rel. Year: 1960
02:54 03/12/1957 2420 Master Blah Blah Blah (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:26 02/01/1957 2323 Master Of Thee I Sing (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 02/07/1957 2337 Master Love Is Sweeping The Country (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
01:41 02/26/1957 2388 Master There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 Master I Loves You Porgy (Dubose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:09 02/07/1957 2334 Master I've Got Beginner's Luck (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Master Slap That Bass (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 Master They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:48 05/01/1957 2517 Master I Can't Be Bothered Now (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Master Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 Master (Our) Love Is Here To Stay (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Master Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 Master I Was Doing All Right (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 Master For You, For Me, For Evermore (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1957 album of the same title, divided into two volumes. See additional comments under the note for volume 1.


Title: Manhattan Melodies
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: vinyl radio transcription     Label: USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service     Cat. Num.: Program No. 262     Rel. Year: 1960
      Circa 1960 (Between Late 1959 and August 1960) Radio Taping I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
      Circa 1960 (Between Late 1959 and August 1960) Radio Taping Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
      Circa 1960 (Between Late 1959 and August 1960) Radio Taping Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)

Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Manhattan Melodies was a radio show produced by the Air Force for recruitment purposes. Along with program no. 85, this is one of two Chris Connor show appearances for which I have been able to obtain substantial information. I have come across vague internet listings for three others (#190, #121 and #321), but none of the listings reveal the titles of Connor's performances.

I have not listened to this item. Notice that the three above-listed performances were also recorded by Connor for her Atlantic LP Witchcraft. (Two of the songs were issued as a 45-rpm single, too.) It is possible that the versions heard in this USAIR LP are the exact same Atlantic recordings. The Force's engineers would have simply re-pressed the studio tracks from the original Atlantic LP. Then again, it is equally possible that Connor taped brand new versions for the Air Force, as she in the case of a previously listed Air Force album --Sound Flights Into Jazz.

My personal inclination is toward the belief that these performances are merely re-pressings of the Atlantic studio versions. For the time being, however, I am entering them as if they were different from the Atlantic versions. I hope that fellow fans will clarify this matter for our communal benefit, if they are better informed.


Title: [Various Artists] 4 Top Hits
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: ATL_EP 80.026     Rel. Year: 1960
01:58 01/28/1960 4240 Master That's My Desire (Carroll Loveday, Helmy Kresa)

Chris Connor (ldr), Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller (pdr), Joe Wilder (t), George Duvivier (b), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The other so-called top hits are by The Drifters, Bobby Comstock, and Clyde McPhatter. The release date is an educated guess.


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: Atlantic's Metronome Belter     Cat. Num.: (Spain) 50.304     Rel. Year: 1960
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Master Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
04:15 12/19/1956 2279 Master Just Squeeze Me (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 Master I'm Shooting High (Jimmy McHugh, Ted Koehler)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Spanish edition of the American EP A Jazz Date With Chris Connor. The two EPs share two songs. The four songs which they do not share are also from the Jazz Date sessions, and can all be found in the 12" LP.


Title: Nina Simone And Her Friends {Chris Connor, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone}
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-6041     Rel. Year: 1960
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Released to capitalize on the success of Nina Simone, who had given the label one album with a hit number ("My Baby Just Cares For Me") but had then moved on to another label, this LP contains the tracks which remained unissued from Simone's sessions, plus oft-reissued selections by Connor and McRae.

In some internet sites, the release year of Nina Simone And Friends is given as 1959, whereas others give it as 1960. If we are to trust the Bethlehem catalogue number sequence, 1960 is the likelier date. (However, it could be that Bethlehem released it in advance of other LPs numbered in the high 6030s, which bear 1960 release dates.)


Title: {Summertime / Lonesome Road}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 5014     Rel. Year: 1961
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Master Lonesome Road (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Don Sebesky (arr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Rick Kiefer (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), Charlie Sanders (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {The Sweetest Sounds / Opportunity, Please Knock}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 5017     Rel. Year: 1961
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Master Opportunity, Please Knock (Oscar Brown, Jr.)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Nick Travis (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Milt Hinton, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey, Gus Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8049/SD-8049     Rel. Year: 1961
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:34 01/23/1961 5292 Master I Only Have Eyes For You (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 Master It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:36 12/05/1960 5216 Master Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree (Truman Capote, Harold Arlen)
04:17 12/14/1960 5224 Master Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Master Lonesome Road (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 Master All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Master Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
04:23 12/05/1960 5217 Master Happy New Year (Gordon Jenkins)
03:11 01/23/1961 5295 Master That's How It Went, All Right (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Willie Maiden (arr, cl, ts), Don Sebesky (arr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Rick Kiefer (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), Charlie Sanders (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: LTZ-K 15229 ("Jazz Series")
2. London LP: SAH K 6190

From Japan:
3. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1074 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
4. Warner ?CD: P-7728
5. Warner CD: WPCR 25168 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
6. Atlantic CS/LP: 7 90143 4/1 (1984; "Jazzlore Series" #21; different artwork)
7. Collectors' Choice CD: CCM 319-2 (2002)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Two's Company ("The Birdland Series") {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ROULETTE     Cat. Num.: S/R-52068     Rel. Year: 1961
02:08 01/30/1961 15652 Master I Feel A Song Coming On (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:00 12/15/1960 15646 Master The Wind (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 Master New York's My Home (Gordon Jenkins)
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Master Guess Who I Saw Today (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 Master When The Sun Comes Out (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Master Send For Me (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Master Where Do You Go? (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Master Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Master Deep Song (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Master Can't Get Out Of This Mood (Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), John Neves (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Series

The liner notes of this LP state that "[t]his dynamic high fidelity recording is another in Roulette Records' special jazz series, The Birdland Series." The series title is not given in the front or back covers.

B. "Chris Connors," The British One

In England, this Roulette album was released by Columbia, in both mono (#33SX.1377) and stereo (#SCX 3415). That British edition spells the singer's name as "Chris Connors." It does so at the top of the front cover only. (Elsewhere in the cover, the last name is spelled in its more common variation, without the s.)

C. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. Columbia LP: 33SX 1377 (mono)
2. Columbia LP: SCX 3415 (stereo)

From Japan:
3. Nippon Columbia LP: YY 7013RD (October 1973, "Roulette Memorial 1200" Series)
4. Victor LP: SMJ 7021

From Spain:
5. Fresh Sound LP: RLP-215
6. Fresh Sound CD: FSR-CD 30 (1989)

From the United States:
7. Roulette Jazz/ Blue Note CD: 7243 8 37201 2 5 (1996)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Basic Music Library [LP Double Exposure]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 12" Transcription Disc     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: P 7569- P 7570     Rel. Year: 1961
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:34 01/23/1961 5292 Master I Only Have Eyes For You (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 Master It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:36 12/05/1960 5216 Master Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree (Truman Capote, Harold Arlen)
04:17 12/14/1960 5224 Master Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Master Lonesome Road (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 Master All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Master Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
04:23 12/05/1960 5217 Master Happy New Year (Gordon Jenkins)
03:11 01/23/1961 5295 Master That's How It Went, All Right (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Willie Maiden (arr, cl, ts), Don Sebesky (arr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Rick Kiefer (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), Charlie Sanders (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Stars For Defense
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: Program no. 178?     Rel. Year: 1961
      January or February 1960 Radio Taping Lonesome Road (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
      January or February 1960 Radio Taping Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
      January or February 1960 Radio Taping Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
      January or February 1960 Radio Taping Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      January or February 1960 Radio Taping Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)

Ray Bloch And His Orchestra (acc), Barry Galbraith (g), Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (key), Dave Bailey (per), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
As indicated by the question mark found above, my identification of this program's number is very tentative (and ditto for the program's date).

Program no. 178 definitely features Chris Connor; that detail is not in question. The obstacle is that I have not listened to it, nor have I located a track listing.

Stars For Defense transcription disc 177-178 features Chris Connor on one side (no. 178), Robert Rounseville on the other side (no. 177). The label of the disc also credits (announcer) Jay Jackson and Ray Bloch And His Orchestra, along with Leo A. Hoegh, the director of the Office Of Civil And Defense Mobilization, the entity responsible for these discs. The Connor side bears a (no-later-than) February 28, 1960 playing date. It can thus be presumed that the performances were recorded some time in January or February of that year.

Since as I am under the (still-to-be-corroborated) assumption that program no. 178 features the performances listed above, I have gone on to tentatively assign a January or February 1960 date to this session.

A lengthier discussion on this subject matter is offered in the corresponding "January or February 1960" session of the chronological sessionography.

Chris Connor also guested on program no. 545 of the Star For Defense series. Disc no. 545 bears a no-latter-than March 29, 1967 playing date. I do not know its track listing.


Title: Triple Treat {Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM©EMI's Parlophone     Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) PMC.1139     Rel. Year: 1961
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Free Spirits
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8061/SD-8061     Rel. Year: 1962
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Master Jump For Joy (Duke Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster)
03:18 04/30/1962 6188 Master Night Bird (Al Cohn, Kitty Malone)
03:21 04/09/1962 6094 Master Milano (Margo Guryan, John Lewis)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Master Opportunity, Please Knock (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:02 04/30/1962 6189 Master Daydream (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, John Latouche)
02:27 04/30/1962 6187 Master Things Are Swingin' (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
03:53 04/30/1962 6186 Master Kansas City (Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Master Lonely Woman (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 Master I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:01 04/09/1962 6096 Master God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
03:19 12/11/1961 5857 Master Free Spirits (Norman Mapp)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), George Duvivier, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1077 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series; 4 bonus tracks)
2. Warner CD: WPCR 25171 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 4 bonus tracks)
3. Warner Music CD: WCPR-27498 (2013; "Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
4. Collectables CD: COL 6521 (2004)
5. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: [Various Artists] No Strings: An After-Theater Version {LaVern Baker, Chris Connor, Herbie Mannn, Bobby Short}
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1383/SD-1383     Rel. Year: 1962
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
03:41 03/11/1962 6044 Master Look No Further (Richard Rodgers)
02:40 03/11/1962 6045 Master No Strings (Richard Rodgers)
03:18 03/11/1962 6046 Master Nobody Told Me (Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Ernie Royal, Nick Travis (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Milt Hinton (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Gus Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Background
This album project was triggered by the smash success of the contemporaneous Richard Rodgers Broadway show No Strings. In addition to Chris Connor, the other performers that Atlantic recruited from its roster for this project were LaVern Baker ("You Don't Tell Me," "Eager Beaver," "Loads Of Love"), Herbie Mann ("La La La"), and Bobby Short ("Be My Host," "The Man Who Has Everything," "An Orthodox Fool," "Love Makes The World Go"). There are no duets: all artists do either solo vocals or, in the case of Herbie Mann, an instrumental with a basic litany of "la la la las."

B. Reissues
I am aware of only one reissue of this LP: a CD on the American licensing label Collectables (catalogue number COL 6714, released in 2004). I would appreciate receiving details about any foreign LP or CD versions of this album.


Title: The Magic Of Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Ember Licensed     Cat. Num.: 3341 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1962
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
British reissue of the 1957 Bethlehem album The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor (aka Chris). Also issued in Japan as Ember LP PAP-Ember EMB-3341.


Title: Sounds Of Freedom
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Armed Forces Radio Service     Cat. Num.: PGM 4     Rel. Year: 1962
      Between 1960 and 1962 Radio Taping I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
      Between 1960 and 1962 Radio Taping God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.)

Other Individuals Unknown (acc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This radio program also contains a Lambert, Hendricks And Ross version of "Gimme That Wine," a number that they did for Columbia as well
(recorded in 1959, released in 1960).

My dating for this program is speculative, relying as it does on the fact that ChrisConnor and the aforementioned group recorded commercial versions of the same songs in the late 1950s.

At Atlantic, Connor recorded a studio version of "I Gotta Right Sing The Blues" on November 16, 1960 and a studio version of "God Bless The Child" on April 9, 1962.

The last of these dates could lead to the assumption that the versions on the Sounds Of Freedom program were attempted in 1962 or later, the assumption being that the second song had not been part of her repertoire before. (However it is by no means impossible that she would have been singing "God Bless The Child" long before she recorded her studio version. The number is, after all, a very well-known, oft-sung standard.)

In any case, and for the time being, I am tentatively choosing the year 1962 as the likeliest to be correct.


Title: {A Lot Of Livin' To Do / I Concentrate On You}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: FM     Cat. Num.: FM 3002     Rel. Year: 1963
02:03 1963 Concert Taping A Lot Of Livin' To Do (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
02:48 1963 Concert Taping I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: FM     Cat. Num.: FM 300/ SFM 300     Rel. Year: 1963
02:03 1963 Concert Taping A Lot Of Livin' To Do (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Concert Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Concert Taping Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 Concert Taping You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping Old Devil Moon (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 Concert Taping I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Concert Taping Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Concert Taping Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Concert Taping Only The Lonely (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Concert Taping Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Brazil:
1. Elenco LP: MEV 01 (1964)

From Japan:
2. Columbia LP: SL 5111RO ("Roulette Vocal Memorial Series") (ca. 1973)
3. Columbia LP: YS 7086RO (1981)
4. Columbia LP: YW 7515RO
5. Columbia LP: YW 7817RO ("Roulette Jazz Evergreens" Series)
6. Victor LP: RF 7016 (cover different from the original; title is Chris Conner At The Village Gate)
7. Nippon Columbia CD: 30CY 1433 (1987)
8. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ-5332 ("We Love Jazz" Series) (1991)
9. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ-6122
10. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ-6880 (2007)
11. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ-9499 (24-bit mastering) (2008)
12. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ 50017 (2010)
13. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ-50017 (presumably a re-pressing of preceding item) (2013)
14. Warner Music CD: WPCR-29044 (2016, "Jazz Master Collection 1200" Series)

From Spain:
15. Fresh Sound LP: FSR-705
16. Blue Moon CD: BMCD 3074 (released under the title 'S Wonderful; 2 bonus tracks) (1998)

From the United States:
17. EMI CD: 0946 3 71346 2 7 (2006)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Furthermore, bear in mind that most of my information about non-domestic releases comes from online sources, whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal. Corrections are thus very welcome.


Title: The Best Of Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8082 [UNRELEASED]     Rel. Year: 1963
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Master Oh! You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 Master I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo Master These Foolish Things (Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Master Jump For Joy (Duke Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Master Go 'Way From My Window (John Jacob Niles)
02:26 07/31/1958 3108 Master Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
03:14 01/29/1959 3338 Master Bargain Day (William Roy)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Master Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 Master He Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Al Cohn, Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Bobby Jasper (f), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Marshal Royal (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bernie Glow, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Snooky Young (t), Bob Alexander, Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, Hank Jones, John Lewis (p), Dave Bailey, Sol Gubin, Osie Johnson, Connie Kay, Don Lamond, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)

NOTES:
Atlantic prepared this album for issue around 1963 (i.e., either after Connor had already left the label, or as she was about to do so). Plans to release the LP in the United States were scrapped. However, the album was issued on the Japanese market. Bearing the same title and including bonus track material, it has come on CD at least twice, first in 1991 as AMCY-1078 and then in 1997, as reissue AMCY 2221.

Besides the two Japanese CD pressings (1991, 1997, there was allegedly an earlier Japanese LP edition as well. However, I have not seen any copies of this item, nor do I have any evidence of its existence. I would appreciate receiving input from readers who might better informed on this matter. (Supposedly, this Japanese LP included two bonus tracks, neither part of the cancelled American album: "All About Ronnie" and "I Hear The Music Now." The Japanese CD editions do include both of these tracks, as well as a third bonus number, not on the LPs: "I Won't Cry Anymore." In the vague information that I received, the catalogue number of this LP was claimed to be MJ-7020. That claim makes the information all the more suspect: indeed, there is a confirmed Japanese LP numbered MJ-7020 and titled The Best Of Chris Connor, but its track listing is different from that of the aforementioned Japanese CDs and cancelled American LP.


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Fabulous Alumni of Stan Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: T-20244 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1963
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
This album was produced for British Capitol. It was later issued in the United States, on Kenton's Creative World label (# CW ST-1028).


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Vocals Award Album
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-6068     Rel. Year: 1963
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC©Victor     Cat. Num.: MJ-7020 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1963
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 Master The Man I Love (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Master Chinatown My Chinatown (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
03:37 03/10/1959 3405-mono Master These Foolish Things (Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Master Señor Blues (Horace Silver)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Master Flying Home (Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Master Anything Goes (Cole Porter)
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Master Moonlight In Vermont (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Master Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 Master The Lady Sings the Blues (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
03:25 11/16/1960 5179 Master Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 Master They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p, cel), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, enh), Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz, Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Bernie Glow, Bernie Privin, Doc Severinsen, Nick Travis (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Bob Alexander, Wayne Andre, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Mort Bullman, Willie Dennis, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (enh), Jim Buffington (frh), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, George Duvivier, Percy Heath, Milt Hinton, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free, Hank Jones, Moe Wechsler (p), Sol Gubin (vib, bel), Osie Johnson, Don Lamond, Ed Shaughnessy, Teddy Sommer (d), Tony Bambino, Linda Barnett, Max Cahn, Mac Ceppos, Arnold Eidus, Ray Free, Felix Giglio, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Harold Melnikoff, David Montagu, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Henry Pakaln, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Sidney Edwards, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The version of "Señor Blues" in this LP could be the mono master, as entered above, or it could be the stereo master indeed. I would appreciate receiving clarification from any owner of an album copy.

Notice that the track listing of this Japanese Atlantic Best Of Chris Connor LP is different from that of the one Best Of Chris Connor Japanese Atlantic CD known to me (first issued in 1991 as AMCY-1028, then reissued in 1997 as AMCY 2221).


Title: {All About Ronnie / Lullaby Of Birdland}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 3081     Rel. Year: 1964
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
If the release date found in my sources is correct, this is a very late Bethlehem 45 item. (It had been about 8 years since Connor had left the label.) Bethlehem had previously issued these songs on LP but not on singles. (The earlier 45 that contains a different version of "All About Ronnie" is on Capitol Records.)


Title: A Weekend In Paris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: FM     Cat. Num.: FM 312 / SFM 312     Rel. Year: 1964
03:00 1963 Master It's Not For Me To Say (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
02:20 1963 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)
03:20 1963 Master I Could Go On Singing (Harold Arlen, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 1963 Master I Love My Man (Joe Scott, Bobby Scott)
02:45 1963 Master Humdrum Blues (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:15 1963 Master The Second Time Around (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:29 1963 Master I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
03:53 1963 Master Chances Are (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
04:58 1963 Master Meantime (Robert Allen, Al Stillman)
02:46 1963 Master Johnny (Bobby Scott, Joe Scott)

Chris Connor (ldr), Alan Douglas (pdr), Michel Colombier Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v), Les Double Six (bkv)

NOTES:

A. Release And Distribution

FM LP #312 received a very limited commercial release. The record company folded a short time after the album had been pressed. Extant copies are rare. On those which I have seen, the stickers and stamps make it evident that they are promo items, sent out mostly to radio disc jockeys, and also to cutout bins at music department stores.

There must have been plans to promote the album in the French market. The brief liner notes in the album's back cover are written in English and replicated in French.

B. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Columbia LP: YW 7551 RO
2. Nippon Columbia LP: Sl 5059 RO
2. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ-5359 (1990; "We Love Jazz" Series)
3. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ-50065 (2010)
4. Toshiba EMI CD: TOCJ-50065 (2013; presumably a re-pressing of #3)
5. Warner Music CD: WPCR-29092 (2016, "Jazz Master Collection 1200" Series)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor At The Village Gate
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Elenco     Cat. Num.: MEV 01 (Brazil)     Rel. Year: 1964
02:03 1963 Concert Taping A Lot Of Livin' To Do (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Concert Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Concert Taping Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 Concert Taping You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping Old Devil Moon (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 Concert Taping I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Concert Taping Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Concert Taping Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Concert Taping Only The Lonely (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Concert Taping Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1963 FM live album At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show.


Title: Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC's Clarion     Cat. Num.: 611     Rel. Year: 1964
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Master Slap That Bass (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 Master For You, For Me, For Evermore (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 Master I Loves You Porgy (Dubose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Master Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 Master They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 Master I Was Doing All Right (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 Master (Our) Love Is Here To Stay (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Master Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ABC-PARAMOUNT     Cat. Num.: ABC-529     Rel. Year: 1965
02:25 September 1965 12840 Master A Hard Day's Night (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:35 September 1965 12841 Master A Taste Of Honey (Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott)
03:35 September 1965 12842 Master Downtown (Tony Hatch)
03:25 September 1965 12843 Master Feeling Good (Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse)
03:35 September 1965 12844 Master The Shadow Of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster)
01:53 September 1965 12845 Master Who Can I Turn To (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
02:38 September 1965 12846 Master Can't Get Over the Bossa Nova (Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Marilyn Gins)
02:13 September 1965 12847 Master Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Mack David, Frank DeVol)
02:41 September 1965 12848 Master Dear Heart (Raymond B. "Ray" Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini)
02:34 September 1965 12849 Master Baby, The Rain Must Fall (Elmer Bernstein, Ernie Sheldon)
02:41 September 1965 12850 Master Stranger On The Shore (Robert Mellin, Acker Bilk)
03:27 September 1965 12851 Master A Quiet Thing (Fred Ebb, John Kander)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ken Greenglass, At GLG Productions (pdr), Billy Byers (arr), Pat Williams (arr, con), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
In addition to the LP, this album was also originally issued as a jukebox EP, with catalogue number unknown to me.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. ABC LP: Sr 182
2. Toshiba-Probe LP: IPP 80805
3. King LP: SH221 (under the different title Cool Chris)
{4.} Columbia Roulette LP: YS 8534 (under the title Singin' In N.Y.; unclear to me whether this LP is a reissue of the album under discussion or a reissue of Connor's other album for ABC, entitled Now!)
5. Oldays-Clinck CD: Odr 6180 (February 15, 2016)

From Canada:
6. Justin Time CD: Jam 6167 (2011)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ABC-PARAMOUNT     Cat. Num.: Abcs 529     Rel. Year: 1965
02:25 September 1965 12840 Master A Hard Day's Night (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:35 September 1965 12842 Master Downtown (Tony Hatch)
01:53 September 1965 12845 Master Who Can I Turn To (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
02:38 September 1965 12846 Master Can't Get Over the Bossa Nova (Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Marilyn Gins)
02:41 September 1965 12848 Master Dear Heart (Raymond B. "Ray" Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini)
02:34 September 1965 12849 Master Baby, The Rain Must Fall (Elmer Bernstein, Ernie Sheldon)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ken Greenglass, At GLG Productions (pdr), Billy Byers (arr), Pat Williams (arr, con), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
There was no front cover on the only copy of this EP that I have seen. The vinyl was inside a white and blue ABC sleeve.


Title: {Never On Sunday / The Boys From Madrid}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ABC-PARAMOUNT     Cat. Num.: 10906     Rel. Year: 1966
02:38 07/11/1966 13604 Master Never On Sunday (Manos Hadjidakis, B. Towne)
02:28 07/18/1966 13609 Master The Boys From Madrid (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, Stride)

Chris Connor (ldr), Peter De Angelis, Bob Thiele (pdr), Don Sebesky (pdr, arr, con), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Now!
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ABC-PARAMOUNT     Cat. Num.: ABC/S-585     Rel. Year: 1966
03:05 07/18/1966 13608 Master Goin' Out Of My Head (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein)
03:16 07/11/1966 13602 Master Carnival (Black Orpheus) (George David Weiss, Luiz Bonfá, Luigi Creator, Hugo Peretti)
02:28 07/18/1966 13609 Master The Boys From Madrid (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, Stride)
02:44 07/20/1966 13612 Master Love Life (Don Payne)
02:38 07/11/1966 13604 Master Never On Sunday (Manos Hadjidakis, B. Towne)
02:52 07/11/1966 13605 Master Autumn (David Shire, Richard Maltby)
02:04 07/20/1966 13610 Master You're Gonna Hear From Me (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)
02:44 07/20/1966 13613 Master The Shining Sea (Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel)
02:16 07/18/1966 13606 Master I'm Telling You Now (Freddie Garrity, Mitch Murray)
02:55 07/18/1966 13607 Master Nowhere Man (Paul McCartney, John Lennon)
03:04 07/11/1966 13603 Master Strangers In The Night (Bert Kaempfert, Eddie Snyder, Charles Singleton)
02:53 07/20/1966 13611 Master Who's Afraid? (Paul Francis Webster, Alex North)

Chris Connor (ldr), Peter De Angelis, Bob Thiele (pdr), Don Sebesky (pdr, arr, con), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Columbia LP: YW 8508 AB
2. Universal CD: UCCC-9045 (2002; miniature LP edition; #4 in a series of 20 CD releases)
{3.} Columbia Roulette LP: YS 8534 (under the title Singin' In N.Y.; unclear to me whether this LP is a reissue of the album under discussion or a reissue of Connor's other album for ABC, entitled Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Guest Star; Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: USA Government's Treasury Department Service     Cat. Num.: 1024     Rel. Year: 1966
      ca. 1966 Radio Taping Goin' Out Of My Head (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein)
      ca. 1966 Radio Taping Carnival (Black Orpheus) (George David Weiss, Luiz Bonfá, Luigi Creator, Hugo Peretti)
      ca. 1966 Radio Taping Nowhere Man (Paul McCartney, John Lennon)

Ray Bloch And His Orchestra, Unknown (acc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Chris Connor is featured in one side of this AFRS LP. The other side features Bob Carroll.


Title: Softly And Swingin'
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: JVC     Cat. Num.: SMJ 7511 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1969
02:56 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)
04:54 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master 'Round Midnight (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
03:40 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)
04:04 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:46 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:50 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master The Fool On The Hill (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:04 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master I've Gotta Be Me (Walter Marks)
02:26 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master What The World Needs Now Is Love (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
02:53 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:02 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), George Otsuka Trio (acc), Shungo Sawada (g), Takashi Mizuhashi (b), Hideo Ichikawa (p), George Otsuka (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Original Distribution And Reissues

This album was produced in Japan and meant the Japanese record market only. It was reissued on CD by Victor in Japan (2006).

B. A Live Date, With Soldiers In Tow?

According to an uncorroborated report, this album's numbers were recorded in front of a crowd of soldiers on leave from duty in Vietnam. If the point being made is that we are listening to a taped live date, the report does not sound particularly credible to me. For one thing, I hear no indications that the date was taking place "live" or outside of the studio. (Of course, the report could just mean that the soldiers were invited to a studio session, even if such a setup strikes me as a bit out of the norm.) Moreover, the recording information at my reach indicates that the numbers were recorded over two days. Had Connor and company "waxed" these tracks in front of an audience, I would have expected the recording information to list them under one day, not two. (Of course, my discographical source could be wrong. Or, alternatively, and despite my expectations, the numbers could indeed stem from two dates, played for the soldiers.)

Perhaps the album's notes, which are in Japanese and thus unintelligible to me, shed light on the subject. If so, I would be grateful for clarification from any fellow fans who read Japanese.

Whichever the circumstances at play, this album is not Connor's finest hour.


Title: {Softly As In A Morning Sunrise / 'Round Midnight} ("Jazz Golden Couple" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: JVC     Cat. Num.: SMJ 1028 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1969
02:56 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)
04:54 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master 'Round Midnight (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)

Chris Connor (ldr), George Otsuka Trio (acc), Shungo Sawada (g), Takashi Mizuhashi (b), Hideo Ichikawa (p), George Otsuka (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This 45 rpm single comes with a picture sleeve -- a close profile shot of Chris, singing. The release date information is tentative.


Title: Sketches
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: STANYAN     Cat. Num.: SR 10029     Rel. Year: 1971
02:31 1971 Master Hit 'Em In The Head With Love (Rod McKuen)
03:40 1971 Master Make It With You (David Gates)
02:50 1971 Master More Today Than Yesterday (Pat Upton)
02:47 1971 Master We've Only Just Begun (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols)
02:12 1971 Master Time And Love (Laura Nyro)
03:46 1971 Master Buy And Sell (Laura Nyro)
03:10 1971 Master Fire And Rain (James Taylor)
03:32 1971 Master As I Love My Own (Rod McKuen)
02:37 1971 Master The Long And Winding Road (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:06 1971 Master Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll) (Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
02:56 1971 Master What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith aka Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand)
02:54 1971 Master Snowbird (Gene MacLellan)
02:59 1971 Master Hurry, Tuesday Child (Bobbie Gentry)
03:54 1971 Master Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Wade Alexander, Rod McKuen (pdr), Patrick Rebillot (arr), Alyn Ainesworth (s-a), George Barnes (g), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Connor's only original album from the first half of the 1970s. (Her next album would be released in 1977.) Liner notes by Rex Reed. Reissued on Stanyan's Bainbridge subsidiary in 1982 (LP). As of early 2011, yet to be issued on CD.


Title: Guest Star; Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: USA Government's Treasury Department Service     Cat. Num.: 11-71     Rel. Year: 1971
02:31 1971 Master Hit 'Em In The Head With Love (Rod McKuen)
03:54 1971 Master Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:56 1971 Master What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith aka Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand)
02:12 1971 Master Time And Love (Laura Nyro)

Chris Connor (ldr), Wade Alexander, Rod McKuen (pdr), Patrick Rebillot (arr), Alyn Ainesworth (s-a), George Barnes (g), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. An Edited Version Of Sketches

The LP Guest Star: Chris Connor contains four shows made by Chris Connor for the U.S. Savings Bond Division. All Connor songs heard in these four shows are edited versions of the masters from her 1971 Stanyan album Sketches.

B. Format Of The Shows

The show's host was Mike Douglas, and there was no studio orchestra. Each program was five minutes long, and began with Douglas singing the line "this is the country land that I love." Only one Connor song was heard per show. A partial exception was the first show: it featured a few, additional bars from a second song, "We've Only Just Begun."

C. Spoken Comments

The patter called for Connor to promote savings bonds in every episode, and allowed for one or two quick personal comments from her. In the first show, she credits Rod McKuen for providing her with her most relaxed session to date. In another show, she voices her enthusiasm for Laura Nyro's composition of "Buy And Sell." In the final show, Connor announces that she will soon be on a long tour, and professes her intention to keep "working till money falls from trees."

D. Release Date

The album's catalogue number (11-71) is probably also an indication of the month and year in which this "Star of the Month" was heard over participating radio stations.


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Fabulous Alumni Of Stan Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: Creative World Licensed     Cat. Num.: CW ST-1028     Rel. Year: 1971
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the Capitol album that bears the same title.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Some Women I've Known
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: Creative World Licensed     Cat. Num.: CW ST-1029     Rel. Year: 1971
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Besides Chris Connor, Kenton's other women are June Christy, Anita O'Day, Ann Richards, Jean Turner, and Jerri Winters. The album's twelve tracks are evenly divided among those six vocalists.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Portraits On Standards
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: Creative World Licensed     Cat. Num.: CW ST-1042     Rel. Year: 1971
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Master Baia (Ary Barroso)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Lighter Side
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: Creative World Licensed     Cat. Num.: CW ST-1050     Rel. Year: 1972
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 Master And The Bull Walked Around, Olé! (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (bkv)


Title: [Stan Kenton] By Request, Volume 5
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: Creative World Licensed     Cat. Num.: CW ST-1066     Rel. Year: 1972
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 Master If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] At Birdland, Concert In Miniature
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: Artie Shaw Club Collectors' Label     Cat. Num.: ASC 10 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1972
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Taking A Chance On Love (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Claude Thornhill] Snowfall
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: Fresh Sound Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: FSR NL-46030 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 1972
03:01 01/06/1949 D9-BV-0049 Master There's A Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:15 01/06/1949 D9-VB-0048 Master I Don't Know Why (Roy Turk, Fred E. Ahlert)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Gil Evans (arr), Claude Thornhill (arr, con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz No Municipal
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Imagem Discos E Tapes     Cat. Num.: 5041/5041 (Brazil)     Rel. Year: 1972
02:54 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
02:27 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
05:09 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:10 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Kenton's Girl Friends
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: ECP 88033 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1973
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)


Title: Carmen McRae Vs. Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM©Polydor     Cat. Num.: MP 2378 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1974
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Japanese LP MP 2378 contains Carmen McRae's entire output for Bethlehem Records on its A side. Side B features, on the other hand, Connor's entire December 17-18, 1953 session. For its front cover, Polydor re-used the artwork that graces Carmen's original Bethlehem LP, changing only the catalogue number and adding the words "vs Chris Connor" to the title. My thanks to Brian Yordnoff for directing me to a site that showed this cover, and to Keizo Takada for identifying the LP tracks by Connor.


Title: Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: P-6135A (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1975
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Master Señor Blues (Horace Silver)
02:32 09/06/1959 3656 Master Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
02:45 04/29/1958 3055 Master Moon Ride (Margo Guryan)
02:05 12/22/1959 3986 Master I Sold My Heart To The Junkman (Leon Rene, Otis Rene)
02:50 12/22/1959 3984 Master Invitation (Paul Francis Webster, Bronislau Kaper)
02:39 04/29/1958 3054 Master Under Paris Skies (Hubert Giraud, Kim Gannon, Jean Drejac)
02:18 01/28/1960 4238 Master I Heard A Bluebird (unknown)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Master Flying Home (Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
02:23 07/31/1958 3109 Master I Won't Cry Anymore (Fred Wise, Al Frisch)
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Master Circus (Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
02:00 12/22/1959 3985 Master To Each His Own (Jay Livingston, Raymond B. "Ray" Evans)
02:13 01/28/1960 4239 Master Fortune Cookies (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
03:08 04/29/1958 3056 Master Long Hot Summer (Sammy Cahn, Alex North)
03:03 03/10/1959 3406 Master (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (f), Joe Wilder (t), Wayne Andre, Willie Dennis, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier, Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. A Compilation Of Singles (13 Tracks From Singles Sessions + 1 From An Album Session)
B. The Prequel

This Japanese release is one of two albums that compile Connor's pop singles for Atlantic Records. The other album is the US-released compilation I Miss You So, originally released in 1958. Each of Connor's 9 singles sessions for Atlantic is represented in these two albums.

Collectors might be happy to know that there is no duplication between the LPs Misty and I Miss You So. Matters are a bit different, however, if we consider digital versions. The Japanese CD edition of I Miss You So contains four bonus tracks, of which the following three can also be found in the LP Misty: "Under Paris Skies, "Moon Ride," and "Invitation." (As for a CD issue of Misty, it took nearly 30 years before one made its appearance, in November of 2013.)

All but one of the tracks in Misty are from singles sessions. The exception is "(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over," which was recorded during the Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café album dates but ultimately left out from that LP. The other 13 tracks were culled from the following singles sessions:

4/29/58 (includes all four masters from this session )
7/31/58 (includes two of this session's four masters; of the other two, one was issued in the Japanese CD The Best Of Chris Connor, whereas the other one was never issued)
9/6/59 (includes two of this session's 4 masters; of the other two, one was issued in the Japanese CD The Best Of Chris Connor, whereas the other one was never issued)
12/22/59 (includes all three masters from this session )
1/28/60 (includes two of this session's four masters; of the other two, one appeared as a bonus track in the 1991 Japanese CD edition of I Miss You So, whereas the other one has been issued on 45 only)

C. Numbers Issued On 45 Versus Previously Unissued Numbers

Five of the 14 tracks in Misty had never been issued before:

I Heard A Bluebird (recorded on 1/28/1960)
To Each His Own (recorded on 12/22/1959)
Fortune Cookies (recorded on 1/28/1960)
Long Hot Summer (recorded on 4/29/1958)
(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over (recorded on 3/10/1959)

As for the other 9 tracks, they had been issued in the following singles:

Atlantic #1188: Moon Ride / Under Paris Skies
Atlantic #1198: I Won't Cry Anymore / [the other side," Hallelujah, I Love Him So" was not included in Misty]
Atlantic #2017: Flying Home / Circus
Atlantic #2037: Señor Blues / Misty
Atlantic #2073: I Sold My Heart To The Junkman / Invitation

D. Misspelled Song Title

The album's track listing misspells the name of the song "Fortune Cookies," instead calling it "Fortune Cockies."


Title: The Finest Of Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 2BP-1001     Rel. Year: 1975     Volumes: 2
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Compiles tracks from Connor's Bethlehem years. I recently learned about a CD with the same title and from the same label. Unfortunately, I have no track information nor catalogue number for this CD. I would appreciate receiving information about that CD issues -- especially, the missing details.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Finest, Volume 1
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: FCP-4001     Rel. Year: 1976
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
My thanks to Jan Kagenaar for his kind provision of all the above-shown details about this issue.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Finest, Volume 2
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: FCP-4002     Rel. Year: 1976
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Finest, Volume 10
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: FCP-4010     Rel. Year: 1976
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The front cover of this LP identifies the singer as "Chris Connors." (On the other hand, volume 2 correctly shows the name without a final s.)

My thanks to Jan Kagenaar for letting me know the title of the Chris Connor number found in this issue.


Title: [Various Artists] Sessions, Live 1956
Artist: Various
Format: 8-track/LP     Label: Calliope Collectors' Label     Cat. Num.: CALT-3002/3002     Rel. Year: 1976
02:34 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Unknown (b, d), Stan Freeman (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Taped from a televised performance; see details in Live, Television And Radio page, under session dated May 27, 1957.


Title: [Various Artists] Sessions, Live 1957
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: Calliope Collectors' Label     Cat. Num.: 3030     Rel. Year: 1976
02:34 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Unknown (b, d), Stan Freeman (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This album recycles the same tracks found in Calliope 3002 (1976). Taped from a televised performance; see details in Live, Television And Radio page, under session dated May 27, 1957.


Title: Chris Moves ("Teo Macero Presents" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony     Cat. Num.: 25AP 538 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1977
03:13 10/07/1976 Master This One's For You (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer)
02:18 10/07/1976 Master Ridin' On The Moon (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
05:44 10/07/1976 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
03:12 10/12/1976 Master The Jazz Man (Carole King, David Palmer)
04:11 10/12/1976 Master The Wind (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:44 10/12/1976 Master Good Morning, Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
04:25 10/18/1976 Master The Way We Were (Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)
02:17 10/18/1976 Master The Gypsy In My Soul (Clay A. Boland, Moe Jaffe)
04:00 10/19/1976 Master Feelings (Morris Albert)
02:57 10/19/1976 Master All Too Soon (Duke Ellington, Carl Sigman)

Chris Connor (ldr), Teo Macero (pdr), George Opalinsky (f, ts), Lee Konitz (as), Richard Davis, Michael Moore (b), Mike Abene, Bob Kaye (p), Jimmy Madison, Edward Soph, Grady Tate (d), Dom Chicchetti, Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Original album, released in Japan only. Never issued in the United States.


Title: [Various Artists] When Malindy Sings: Jazz Vocalists, 1938-1961
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: New World Licensed     Cat. Num.: NW 295     Rel. Year: 1977
03:10 09/13/1959 3448 Concert Taping Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
02:47 09/19/1960 4935 Master Love (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ronnie Ball (arr, con, p), Phil Woods (as), Bert Collins, Danny Stiles (t), Willie Dennis (tb), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas, George Duvivier (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Teo Macero Presents
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony     Cat. Num.: YAPN 9 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1977
02:18 10/07/1976 Master Ridin' On The Moon (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Teo Macero (pdr), Lee Konitz (as), Richard Davis (b), Bob Kaye (p), Grady Tate (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
On the matter of this Japanese LP, the information at my disposal is not fully clear. The album seems to have been a special issue, possibly serving as a sampler for a full 1977 vinyl series called "Teo Macero Plays." YAPN-9 highlights the series' entries by John Lewis (Sensitive Scenery), Tommy Flanagan (Positive Intensity), Chris Connor (Chris Moves), and Tal Farlow (Trinity). At least one track from each of these four albums is included: "Delauney's Dilemma" (Lewis'), "Verdande" (Flanagan's), "Riding On The Moon" (Connor's), and "My Shining Hour" (Farlow's). The back cover of Teo Maceo Presents lists only those four tracks, thereby giving the impression that it is an EP. And it might be, at least insofar as its total track quantity is concerned. Physically, blurry online photos seem to show an LP, and sellers list it as such. It might actually have all four tracks on just one side -- or the same four tracks on both sides.


Title: Sweet And Swinging
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: PROGRESSIVE     Cat. Num.: 7028     Rel. Year: 1978
01:47 01/27/1978 Master Things Are Swingin' (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
04:02 01/27/1978 Master Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:58 01/27/1978 Master Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:37 01/27/1978 Master Here's That Rainy Day (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:36 02/03/1978 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
01:27 01/27/1978 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
03:35 01/27/1978 Master Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:53 02/03/1978 Master I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)
04:45 02/03/1978 Master I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
02:17 02/03/1978 Master I Feel A Song Coming On (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:37 02/03/1978 Master When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal)

Chris Connor (ldr), Gus P. Statiras (pdr), Jerry Dodgion (f, as), Michael Moore (b), Mike Abene (p), Ronnie Bedford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this original LP/CS.

From Japan:
1. PROGRESSIVE / TEICHIKU LP: ULS 6080-G (under the title Chris' Corner) (1978)
2. PROGRESSIVE / TEICHIKU LP: ULS 1671-G (under the title Chris' Corner) (1980)
3. PROGRESSIVE / TEICHIKU LP: KUK 82-G (under the title Chris' Corner)
4. PROGRESSIVE/ CENTURY CD: CECC 00353 (under the title Chris' Corner) (1991)

In the United States:
5. AUDIOPHILE LP: AP 208 (under the title Sweet And Swinging) (1988)
6. AUDIOPHILE CD: ACD 208 (under the title Sweet And Swinging) (1995)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris' Corner
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP/CD     Label: PROGRESSIVE©Century     Cat. Num.: ULS-6080G / ULS-1671 / KUK 82G / CECC 00353 (Japan) [CD rel. 1991]     Rel. Year: 1978
01:47 01/27/1978 Master Things Are Swingin' (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
04:02 01/27/1978 Master Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:58 01/27/1978 Master Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:37 01/27/1978 Master Here's That Rainy Day (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:36 02/03/1978 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
01:27 01/27/1978 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
03:35 01/27/1978 Master Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:53 02/03/1978 Master I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)
04:45 02/03/1978 Master I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
02:17 02/03/1978 Master I Feel A Song Coming On (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:37 02/03/1978 Master When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal)

Chris Connor (ldr), Gus P. Statiras (pdr), Jerry Dodgion (f, as), Michael Moore (b), Mike Abene (p), Ronnie Bedford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Japanese reissues of the 1978 American LP Sweet And Swinging, on Progressive Records. (In the United States this album was also reissued by Audiophile in 1988, under the same title.) All but the last of the catalogue numbers listed above belong to Japanese vinyl editions, the first with a 1978 production date and the second with a 1980 production date. All of them including the last one (a CD on Century Records) bear the title Chris' Corner.


Title: [Ran Blake] Rapport
Artist: Ran Blake
Format: LP     Label: NOVUS     Cat. Num.: AN 3006     Rel. Year: 1978
03:22 April 30, May 1, or May 3, 1978 Master Wende (Richard R. Bennett, Dominique St. John, Ran Blake)

Ran Blake (ldr), Jerome Harris (g), Rufus Reid (b), Ran Blake (p), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)

NOTES:
Chris Connor appeared as a guest in this album by avant-garde pianist and academician Ran Blake, who is a big fan of her singing.


Title: Cocktails And Dusk
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 6010     Rel. Year: 1978
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
A compilation of tracks from Connor's Bethlehem years. Notice that all 10 tracks are from her April 1955 sessions. Only 3 tracks from those dates were left out ("Don't Wait Up For Me," "A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing," and "Fly Me To The Moon").


Title: Singin' In N.Y.
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ROULETTE     Cat. Num.: (Japan) YS 8534 RO     Rel. Year: 1978
02:03 1963 Concert Taping A Lot Of Livin' To Do (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping Old Devil Moon (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 Concert Taping I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Concert Taping Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
05:10 1963 Concert Taping Only The Lonely (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:07 1963 Concert Taping Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 Master New York's My Home (Gordon Jenkins)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 Master When The Sun Comes Out (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Master Send For Me (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Master Where Do You Go? (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Master Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis, John Neves (b), Ronnie Ball, Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Side A of this anthology culls tracks from Chris Connor's At The Village Gate album, originally on FM Records. The tracks on side B are from Two's Company, her Roulette album with Maynard Ferguson. My thanks to Robert Gray for his extensive assistance during the labor of researching this album.


Title: Alone Together
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: LOBSTER     Cat. Num.: LOB LDC-1015 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1979
03:39 12/12/1978 Master Come In From The Rain (Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager)
03:49 12/12/1978 Master A Baby's Born (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
03:57 12/12/1978 Master I'll Catch The Sun (Rod McKuen)
03:22 12/12/1978 Master Blue, Green, Grey And Gone (Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Francis Lemarque)
03:27 12/12/1978 Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
03:22 12/12/1978 Master More Today Than Yesterday (Pat Upton)
02:40 12/12/1978 Master Alone Together (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:53 12/12/1978 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:50 12/12/1978 Master All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ronne McClure (b), Harold Danko (p), Edward Soph (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This album was prepared for exclusive release in the Japanese market.

At the December 12, 1978 session, LOBster resorted to the then-fashionable direct-to-disc process. "Direct-to-disc" meant that all the songs intended for the LP's side A were recorded in a continued, uninterrupted string (as if they all were part of one long take, with no more than a brief pause in-between tracks). After finishing with side A, Connor and the musicians followed the same procedure for the flip side of the LP. For their part, the engineers recorded both sides directly to a master lacquer -- not to magnetic tape, as had been the norm for decades.

By recording directly to a master disc, engineers were bypassing a few steps of what had become their regular process. Obviously, they no longer had to transfer from magnetic tape to the stamper. Also, they could not splice or apply any corrective techniques to the masters: thre numbers are heard exactly as they were performed, any errors included. (Of course, we should presume that, if any major mistake was made, the proceedings were stopped. In such a case, the personnel would have to start over, taking it again from the very first song of side A or side B.)

Audiophile listeners approved of this process because, from their perspective, the resulting product was "purer." In comparison with the rest of available commercial albums, direct-to-disc LPs were far less removed from what had been actually recorded at the studio session. Also part of the allure was the promise of limited LP quantities. (Quantities were limited by necessity: unlike magnetic tape, master lacquers could be re-used only a few times, because their sound quality noticeably degenerates with each successive use. Eventually, the master would thus be rendered unusable, leaving the company with no other option but to altogether stop pressing from it. At that point (and until the advent of the CD), they would have to permanently terminate pressing or, alternatively -- but in violation of what was promised to customers -- they would have to press from the previously issued commercial vinyl.)

Alone Together has been digitally reissued twice: in 1993 (TDK Records) and in 2004 (Absord Records). Both CD editions include bonus tracks by Anita O'Day, also originally recorded for LOBster.


Title: The Great Ladies On V-Disc, Vol. 3 {Chris Connor, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Martha Tilton} (V-Disc Jazz Session Series)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: Dan Records Public Domain     Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vc 5016     Rel. Year: 1979
03:14 07/27/1942 CO 33048-2 Alternate Take (Columbia) Why Don't You Do Right? (Joe McCoy)
03:24 May 6, 1946 (Recording Date) Guest Spot (AFRS) I Get The Blues (When It Rains) (Marcy Klauber, Harry Stoddard)
03:31 October 21, 1952 Concert Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:48 October 21, 1952 Concert Taping Sorta Kinda (James Oliver Young)
03:46 October 21, 1952 Concert Taping Wish You Were Here (Harold Rome)
03:53 October 28, 1952 Concert Taping Who Are We To Say? (Gus Kahn, Sigmund Romberg)

Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Morty Palitz (pdr), Mel Powell (arr, p), The Benny Goodman Orchestra, The Les Paul Trio (acc), Dave Figg, Cliff Hoff (cl, ts), Med Flory, Gene Quill (cl, as), Benny Goodman (cl), Dick Zabach (cl, bar), Clint Neagley, Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Leonard Sims, Jon Walton (ts), Robert "Bob" Poland (bar), Benny Baker, Rusty Dedrick, Tony Faso (aka Joseph Fasulo), James "Jimmy" Maxwell, Sonny Rich, Lawrence Stearns, aka Alfred Sculco, Nick Travis (t), Charlie Castaldo, Milt Gold, Obie Massingill, Lou McGarity (tb), Al Antonucci (frh), Dave Barbour, Cal Gooden (g), Les Paul (elg), Bill Crow, Cliff Hill (b), Clint Nordquist (sb), Milt Raskin, Claude Thornhill (p), Howard "Hud" Davies, Winston Welch (d), Chris Connor, Peggy Lee (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that this entry contains performances by two of my discographical subjects. Of the six above-listed titles, "Why Don't You Do Right?" and "I Get The Blues When It Rains" are sung by Peggy Lee, whereas the other four are Chris Connor interpretations.

This LP was reissued by Tokuma Industries on its Dan Records imprint. (Dan Records is thus part of Tokuma. For the sake of greater clarity, I have still provided separate entries for the Dan LP and the Tokuma CD.) The front cover is the same one on both formats.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton On Saturday Night Dance Party ("Imperfect" Series)
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: cassette     Label: Joyce Record Club Collectors' Label     Cat. Num.: C-39      Rel. Year: 1980
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Love Me Or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: Sketches
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: STANYAN©Bainbridge     Cat. Num.: BTC-6230 / 6230     Rel. Year: 1982
02:31 1971 Master Hit 'Em In The Head With Love (Rod McKuen)
03:40 1971 Master Make It With You (David Gates)
02:50 1971 Master More Today Than Yesterday (Pat Upton)
02:47 1971 Master We've Only Just Begun (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols)
02:12 1971 Master Time And Love (Laura Nyro)
03:46 1971 Master Buy And Sell (Laura Nyro)
03:10 1971 Master Fire And Rain (James Taylor)
03:32 1971 Master As I Love My Own (Rod McKuen)
02:37 1971 Master The Long And Winding Road (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:06 1971 Master Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll) (Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
02:56 1971 Master What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith aka Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand)
02:54 1971 Master Snowbird (Gene MacLellan)
02:59 1971 Master Hurry, Tuesday Child (Bobbie Gentry)
03:54 1971 Master Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Wade Alexander, Rod McKuen (pdr), Patrick Rebillot (arr), Alyn Ainesworth (s-a), George Barnes (g), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of Connor's original 1971 album on Stanyan Records.


Title: Love Being Here With You
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: STASH     Cat. Num.: ST-332     Rel. Year: 1983
02:10 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master I Love Being Here With You (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
02:24 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
04:57 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
02:55 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master This Is It (Arthur Schwartz, Dorothy Fields)
02:09 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Rio (Peter Allen)
03:08 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master How Little We Know (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
04:58 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Anyone Home (Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)
04:44 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Baia (Ary Barroso)
02:06 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Bernie Brightman (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr), Russ Kassoff (arr, p), Bucky Pizzarelli (g), Dick Sarpolo (b), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
At this point in time, Connor had not released an original album in the United States since the 1971 LP Sketches, made for Stanyan Records. But in 1983 she came back with not one but two domestic albums: Love Being Here With You and, on Applause Records, Live. (Between 1971 and 1983, she had recorded for the Japanese market, though: the 1976 LP Chris Moves, released by CBS Japan in 1977, and -- Alone Together, recorded and released by LOBster in 1979.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of the original Love Being Here With You LP.

From Japan:
1. Nippon Phonogram CD: PHCE-1045 (1991; "Sounds Of The Apple" Series)

From the United States:
2. Stash CD: ST-CD-14 (1989; twofer, under the title A Double Date With Helen Forrest and Chris Connor)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Live
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: APPLAUSE     Cat. Num.: APCS/APLP 1020     Rel. Year: 1983
02:58 09/25/1981 Concert Taping I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
04:43 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Good Morning, Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
03:26 09/25/1981 Concert Taping It Might As Well Be Spring (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
01:41 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Things Are Swingin' (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
03:31 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:55 09/25/1981 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
02:30 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Lover (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:18 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)
02:58 09/25/1981 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
03:30 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:38 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:20 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Glad To Be Unhappy (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:58 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)

Chris Connor (ldr), Horst Liepolt (pdr), Steve LaSpina (b), Fred Hersch (p), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
"This performance of Chris Connor and her trio," states the Applause LP, "was first broadcast on National Public Radio's Peabody award-winning series Jazz Alive! in October of 1981 and is hereby included for your enjoyment by mutual agreement between NPR and Ms. Connor. We wish to thank the Jazz Alive! staff for their assistance on the recording.

At this point in time, Connor had not released an original album in the United States since the 1971 LP Sketches, made for Stanyan Records. But in 1983 she came back with not one but two domestic albums: Live and, on Stash Records, Love Being Here With You. (Between 1971 and 1983, she had recorded for the Japanese market, though: the 1976 LP Chris Moves, released by CBS Japan in 1977, and -- Alone Together, recorded and released by LOBster in 1979.


Title: I Hear Music { Carmen McRae, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Charly's Affinity Public Domain     Cat. Num.: AFF97 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1983
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Side A of this LP is dedicated to numbers sung by Carmen McRae, side B to interpretations by Chris Connor. All tracks come from Connors' and McRae's respective periods as Bethlehem artists.


Title: A Collection Of Maynard Ferguson And Chris Conner
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Phonorama Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: PR 5642     Rel. Year: 1983
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Master Guess Who I Saw Today (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Master Where Do You Go? (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 Master When The Sun Comes Out (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Master Deep Song (Douglass Cross, George Cory)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), John Neves (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This Collection consists of ten numbers: six Maynard Ferguson instrumentals and four vocals from the 1961 Connor-Ferguson album Two's Company, on Roulette Records.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: Fresh Sound Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: FSR-2063 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 1984
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Reissue of Connor's album of the same title. It is curious to see that the 10" LP was the configuration picked for reissue, rather than the 12" LP. (Then again, it is a celebrated 10" LP, and the 12" version does not have the much-praised cover by Burt Goldblatt.) I have not seen this Spanish album myself, and would like to receive corroboration that my sources have correctly identified it as a reissue of the 10" LP version.


Title: Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson} (Jazzlore Series #21)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 7 90143 4/1     Rel. Year: 1984
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:34 01/23/1961 5292 Master I Only Have Eyes For You (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 Master It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:36 12/05/1960 5216 Master Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree (Truman Capote, Harold Arlen)
04:17 12/14/1960 5224 Master Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Master Lonesome Road (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 Master All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Master Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
04:23 12/05/1960 5217 Master Happy New Year (Gordon Jenkins)
03:11 01/23/1961 5295 Master That's How It Went, All Right (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Willie Maiden (arr, cl, ts), Don Sebesky (arr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Rick Kiefer (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), Charlie Sanders (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue -- with different cover artwork -- of the 1961 album that Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson did jointly for Atlantic Records in 1961. Double Exposure should not be confused with Two's Company, another album by the pair, released the same year but on a different label -- Roulette Records.


Title: Out Of This World
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: Charly's Affinity Public Domain     Cat. Num.: AFF122 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1984
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This compilation contains 17 selections from Connor's Bethlehem period. Out Of This World has been reissued on CD at least twice (1993, 1995), on both cases in versions that cut the total number of Connor tracks from 17 to 10 .


Title: Three Pearls {Ernestine Anderson, Chris Connor, Carol Sloane}
Artist: Various
Format: LP/CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI Eastworld      Cat. Num.: EWJ 90028 & CP38-3140 (Japan) [CD issued 1987, 1998, etc.]     Rel. Year: 1984
05:18 April 25 & 27, 1983 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
      April 25 & 27, 1983 Master I Love Being Here With You (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
      April 25 & 27, 1983 Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
      April 25 & 27, 1983 Master Solitude (Ed DeLange, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)

Takao Ishizuka, Hiroaki Itoh (pdr), George Mraz (b), Norman Simmons (p), Tim Horner (d), Ernestine Anderson, Chris Connor, Carol Sloane (v)

NOTES:
This album contains 10 tracks. Each of the featured vocalists sings solo on two or more tracks. Ernestine Anderson interprets "What's New?" and "Someday My Prince Will Come." Carol Sloane does "All Of Me," "Love Walked In," "Early Autumn" and "Willow Weep For Me." Anderson, Connor, and Sloane sing together in the remaining track ("A Foggy Day").

This Japanese album has been issued on CD at least three times: as CBS 32DP 794 (1987), as CD EMI Toshiba TOCJ-8039 (1998), and as EMI Eastworld CP38-3140 (issue year unknown). The 1984 release date refers to the original format (LP) only.


Title: The Finest Of Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Nippon     Cat. Num.: 35C38-7345 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1984
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This CD is basically an abbreviated reissue of the Bethlehem 2LP set that bears the same title. Differences: country of origin (Japan instead of the USA), number of songs (15 instead of 20), two tracks not on the LP set ("Someone To Watch Over Me," "Goodbye") and artwork (head shot instead of LP's drawing).


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton
Artist: Various
Format: CS/LP     Label: Book Of The Month Licensed     Cat. Num.: BM 91-7573/81-7572     Rel. Year: 1985     Volumes: 3
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 Master If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This set came out as three LPs. In the cassette format, it came out in two tapes.


Title: [Various Artists] Singers ("Atlantic Jazz" Series)
Artist: Atlantic's roster
Format: CS/LP/CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 81706 / Box 81712 [CD Box rel. in 1990]     Rel. Year: 1986
04:04 Late April, 1974 29428 Master Take (Atlantic) Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (James Taylor)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Master Lonely Woman (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)

Chris Connor, Peggy Lee (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Dave Grusin (pdr, arr, con, p, fen, snt, per), Peggy Lee (pdr, arr, v), Phil Schier (eng), Artie Butler (arr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Erno Neufeld (ccm), Pete Christlieb (f, ts), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Jerome Richardson (ss, as, bar), Charles "Chuck" Findley, Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), Frank Rosolino (tb), Vincent DeRosa (frh), Gene Cipriano (o), Dennis Budimir, Dan Ferguson, Lee Ritenour, David T. Walker (g), George Duvivier, Chuck Rainey (b), Unknown (str), Ronnie Ball, George Gaffney (p), Dick Borden, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Harvey Mason (d, per), Bobbye Hall (cng), Chris Connor (v), Jim Gilstrap, Joe Green, Marti McCall, Jackie Ward, Edna Wright (bkv)

NOTES:
Not the full track listing; only tracks of relevance to my discographies are listed. (This issue actually features performances from more than one of my discographical subjects. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" is a Peggy Lee performance, "Lonely Woman" a Chris Connor performance.)

Singers was available both separately and as part of the 12-volume box Atlantic Jazz (catalogue number 81712). The box was issued in both cassette and LP configurations; I do not know if it was also produced in the CD format.


Title: Classic
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: FANTASY's Contemporary     Cat. Num.: 5C/C 15023     Rel. Year: 1987
02:38 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Let's Face The Music And Dance (Irving Berlin)
04:12 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Laura (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin)
02:40 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Sweet Happy Life (Samba de Orfeu) (Luiz Bonfá, Norman Gimbel, Antonio Maria Araujo de Moraes, Andre Michel C. Salvet)
03:37 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master In Love In Vain (Jerome Kern, Leo Robin)
00:36 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)
01:52 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master You Don't Know What Love Is (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
02:29 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Love (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
04:10 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
04:04 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
03:34 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Brazil (Ary Barroso, Bob Russell)
04:30 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master We'll Be Together Again (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
02:40 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Let's Take The Long Way Home (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Helen Keane (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr, p, DX7), Paquito D'Rivera (as), Claudio Roditi (t, fh), Rufus Reid (b), Mike Abene (p, DX7), Akira Tana (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Classic was reviewed by Alan Bargebuhr in the September 1987 issue of Cadence magazine: "Chris Connor sounds surprisingly as she did in the 50's. The breathy huskiness, which has been her trademark, appears intact. She seems to find some comfort in familiar material, or else (with so many songs in the popular song catalog), why would she choose to re-record Blame/Love/Cents/Don't Know? She's still skillful at playing with meter and emphasis, readjusting melodies and, in some cases, reshaping whole songs. She is not a strong interpreter of lyrics ... This is not to say that she disregrads them entirely. She is, in the end, a stylist who has escaped falling into an exaggeration of her own style. On this LP, her accompaniment is solid and the proceedings are ... jazz inclined. The album's title may be a slight overstatement, but Miss Connor is certainly holding her own."

Besides making this original appearance on LP and cassette in 1987, this album was also issued on CD in 1992.


Title: New Again
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: FANTASY's Contemporary     Cat. Num.: 5C/C 14038     Rel. Year: 1987
03:05 August 17-19, 1987 Master Dearly Beloved (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
04:11 August 17-19, 1987 Master Down In Brazil (Michael Franks)
03:46 August 17-19, 1987 Master I Never Meant To Hurt You (Laura Nyro)
03:14 August 17-19, 1987 Master Love Locked Out (Ray Noble, M. Kester)
02:00 August 17-19, 1987 Master Cheek To Cheek (Irving Berlin)
01:25 August 17-19, 1987 Master That Face (Lew Spence, Alan Bergman)
02:35 August 17-19, 1987 Master Dancing In The Dark (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
00:20 August 17-19, 1987 Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You (Irving Berlin)
03:06 August 17-19, 1987 Master Mad About The Boy (Noel Coward)
04:17 August 17-19, 1987 Master Antonio's Song (Michael Franks)
04:12 August 17-19, 1987 Master I Wish I'd Met You (Johnny Mandel, Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)
05:02 August 17-19, 1987 Master My Foolish Heart (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master Saturday Night (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master Little White Lies (Walter Donaldson)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master I Wish I Didn't Love You So (Frank Loesser)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master I've Heard That Song Before (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master Everything Old Is New Again (Peter Allen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Helen Keane, Lori Muscarelle (pdr), Mike Abene, Richard Rodney Bennett (arr, key), Bill Kirchner (f, cl, ss, as, ts), Dave Valentin (f), Claudio Roditi (t, fh), Michael Moore (b), Buddy Williams (d), Sammy Figueroa (per), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Besides making this original appearance on LP and cassette in 1987, this album was also issued on CD in 1992.


Title: [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 82308     Rel. Year: 1987
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 Master They All Laughed (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con, ts), Ray Ellis (arr, con), Ralph Burns (con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Danny Bank, Sol Schlinger (bar), Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Nick Travis (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, John Lewis (p), Gus Johnson, Connie Kay, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Besides making this original appearance on LP in 1987, this album was also issued on CD and on cassette in 1991.


Title: Chris Connor {Twofer: Chris / This Is Chris}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©Columbia's Nippon     Cat. Num.: 33CY-1641 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1987
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the Bethlehem LPs Chris and This Is Chris. One number, "From This Moment On," happens to be in both LPs. This CD includes the number only once, as part of the Chris sequence.

I have never seen a physical copy of this issue. I would appreciate hearing from those who have, and who might want to kindly share any other details of relevance to this entry. A description of the front cover would be particularly welcome. The limited amount of information at my reach points toward the use of the same cover as the Bethlehem album Chris (BCP-56). The exact title of this twofer also remains unclear to me. It might be Chris Connor or it might simply be Chris.


Title: Girl Talk {Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae, Marilyn Moore, Betty Roché, Nina Simone}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Charly's Atlantis Public Domain      Cat. Num.: 97 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1987
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This compilation contains masters made for Bethlehem Records by the six above-listed singers.


Title: Sweet And Swinging
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP/CD     Label: AUDIOPHILE     Cat. Num.: AP 208 / ACD 208 [CD rel. 1995]     Rel. Year: 1988
01:47 01/27/1978 Master Things Are Swingin' (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
04:02 01/27/1978 Master Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:58 01/27/1978 Master Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:37 01/27/1978 Master Here's That Rainy Day (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:36 02/03/1978 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
01:27 01/27/1978 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
03:35 01/27/1978 Master Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:53 02/03/1978 Master I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)
04:45 02/03/1978 Master I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
02:17 02/03/1978 Master I Feel A Song Coming On (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:37 02/03/1978 Master When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal)

Chris Connor (ldr), Gus P. Statiras (pdr), Jerry Dodgion (f, as), Michael Moore (b), Mike Abene (p), Ronnie Bedford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1978 LP that bears the same title, on Progressive Records. Both the LP and the CD from Audiophile bear 1988 copyright and production dates, but it would seem that 1988 saw the release of the LP only. The CD was issued in December of 1995.

In partnership with Teichiku, Progressive also reissued this album multiple times in Japan. However, the artwork and the title (Chris' Corner) used for the Japanese market were different.


Title: Cool Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Charly Public Domain     Cat. Num.: CD 115 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1988
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Compilation of tracks from Connor's Bethlehem years.


Title: [Various Artists] At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: Westwind Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 0025 (Germany)     Rel. Year: 1988
02:54 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
02:27 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
05:09 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:10 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This LP contains nine tracks. In addition to the five vocals listed above, four instrumentals are included: "Love For Sale," "Lover Come Back To Me," "Rifftide" and "The Man I Love." The instrumentals feature Tommy Flanagan, Coleman Hawkins, and Roy Eldridge, along with some of the other musicians who were part of the so-called American Jazz Festival from which all these live tracks were taken.

At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America was reissued on CD in 1995, both as one disc and as part of the 3CD set The Jazz Festivals In Latin America. See further details under those 1995 releases.

Portions of the festival have been issued in various LPs and CDs. There is one entitled Hot Stuff From Brazil, credited to Kenny Dorham but in reality featuring various ensembles. It was first issued on LP, then on CD (1995, 2007). I do not have a copy, and online listings about it are confusing. The LP and the 1995 CD do not seem to have any Connor tracks, but the 2007 edition does.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 601-602     Rel. Year: 1989     Volumes: 2
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:26 02/01/1957 2323 Master Of Thee I Sing (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:31 02/01/1957 2324 Master Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 Master I've Got A Crush On You (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)
02:00 02/01/1957 2326 Master Soon (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:38 02/01/1957 2327 Master Liza (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn)
03:02 02/01/1957 2328 Master Looking For A Boy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:45 02/01/1957 2329 Master I Got Rhythm (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:09 02/07/1957 2334 Master I've Got Beginner's Luck (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Master Slap That Bass (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 Master For You, For Me, For Evermore (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 02/07/1957 2337 Master Love Is Sweeping The Country (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 Master The Man I Love (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 Master 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
01:41 02/26/1957 2388 Master There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 Master I Loves You Porgy (Dubose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Master Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 03/12/1957 2420 Master Blah Blah Blah (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 Master They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 03/26/1957 2422 Master Clap Yo' Hands (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:08 03/26/1957 2423 Master Little Jazz Bird (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 Master I Was Doing All Right (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:39 03/26/1957 2425 Master My One And Only (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:12 04/24/1957 2482 Master That Certain Feeling (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:34 04/24/1957 2483 Master Fascinating Rhythm (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 Master (Our) Love Is Here To Stay (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 Master They All Laughed (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:48 05/01/1957 2517 Master I Can't Be Bothered Now (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Master Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Master Somebody Loves Me (Buddy G. DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:33 05/01/1957 2520 Master Embraceable You (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:09 09/13/1959 3447 Concert Taping Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ray Ellis, Don Sebesky (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Kenny Rupp, Jim Thompson, Ray Winslow (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Eddie de Haas, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Sanders (b), Jaki Byard, Hank Jones, Bill Rubenstein (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Lex Humpries, Osie Johnson, Rufus Jones, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)

NOTES:
Domestic digital reissue of the 1957 LP set that bears the same title.

A. Total Number Of Tracks

Although 36 titles are listed above, the total number of tracks is 34, due to the fact that two titles are part of a Porgy And Bess medley (Summertime," "There's A Boat Dat's Leaving For New York," and "I Loves You, Porgy").

B. Bonus Tracks

Four bonus tracks are included: a 1956 version of "But Not For Me" (from the album He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not), a 1957 version of "They All Laughed" (from these Gershwin sessions, but originally released in the LP I Miss You So, not in the Gershwin Almanac), a 1959 live version of "Strike Up The Band" (taken from the album Chris In Person), and a 1961 version of "Summertime," from the Roulette album Two's Company.

C. Factual Errors

There are various discographical mistakes in the information provided by this CD. The front cover states that the total number of bonus tracks is two. The back cover and the booklet correctly list four.

The recording date that the booklet of Atlantic CD 601-2 gives to "They All Laughed" (master #2485) is wrong, too. The correct date is not September 13, 1959 but April 24, 1957.

Another dating error in the information supplied by Atlantic CD 601-2 pertains to "Strike Up The Band" (master 3447). It was not taped on the date stated by the CD (January 23, 1961) but on September 13, 1959.

D. Sound Quality

Some listeners of Atlantic CD 601-2 have expressed dissatisfaction with its sound quality, calling it "muddy" and "filtered." They theorize that the masters may be somewhat damaged, and that more recent digital technology would produce vastly improved audio quality. (I have not heard any enthusiastic comments about the sound quality of the Japanese reissue.)

E. Reissues

Among the Japanese CD reissues of this American disc is the "miniature LP" edition Atlantic WEA WPCR-25164/25165, which also includes the aforementioned bonus tracks. Released in 2007. (The Japanese 2LP edition bears the numbers P 4552/4553.)


Title: Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Fresh Sound Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: FSR-CD 30 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 1989
02:08 01/30/1961 15652 Master I Feel A Song Coming On (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:00 12/15/1960 15646 Master The Wind (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 Master New York's My Home (Gordon Jenkins)
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Master Guess Who I Saw Today (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 Master When The Sun Comes Out (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Master Send For Me (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Master Where Do You Go? (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Master Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Master Deep Song (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Master Can't Get Out Of This Mood (Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), John Neves (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of Two's Company, the 1961 album that Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson did for Roulette in 1961.


Title: A Double Date With Helen Forrest and Chris Connor {Helen Forrest, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: STASH     Cat. Num.: ST-CD-14     Rel. Year: 1989
02:10 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master I Love Being Here With You (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
02:24 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
04:57 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
02:55 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master This Is It (Arthur Schwartz, Dorothy Fields)
02:09 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Rio (Peter Allen)
03:08 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master How Little We Know (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
04:58 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Anyone Home (Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)
04:44 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Baia (Ary Barroso)
02:06 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Bernie Brightman (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr), Russ Kassoff (arr, p), Bucky Pizzarelli (g), Dick Sarpolo (b), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This twofer reissues two original LPs on Stash Records, both from 1983: Connor's Love Being Here With You and Helen Forrest's Now And Forever.


Title: A Weekend In Paris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Roulette Toshiba      Cat. Num.: TOCJ-5359 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1990
03:00 1963 Master It's Not For Me To Say (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
02:20 1963 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)
03:20 1963 Master I Could Go On Singing (Harold Arlen, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 1963 Master I Love My Man (Joe Scott, Bobby Scott)
02:45 1963 Master Humdrum Blues (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:15 1963 Master The Second Time Around (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:29 1963 Master I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
03:53 1963 Master Chances Are (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
04:58 1963 Master Meantime (Robert Allen, Al Stillman)
02:46 1963 Master Johnny (Bobby Scott, Joe Scott)

Chris Connor (ldr), Alan Douglas (pdr), Michel Colombier Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v), Les Double Six (bkv)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1964 original album that bears the same title. Also reissued by EMI Toshiba in 2010, as TOCJ-56065.


Title: [Stan Kenton] A True Collectors Item ("Jazz Archives" Series)
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: PMF {Peter's Music Factory} Public Domain      Cat. Num.: 90.108-2 (Netherlands)     Rel. Year: 1990
      04/21/1953 Concert Taping Everything Happens To Me (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Taking A Chance On Love (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche)
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
      06/02/1953 Concert Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards, Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Tony Ferina, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: As Time Goes By
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCR-111 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
04:03 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Falling In Love With Love (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
06:51 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld)
03:37 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master September In The Rain (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
04:58 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
03:53 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
04:08 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Long Ago (And Far Away) (Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern)
03:46 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)
05:24 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:20 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
07:03 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), George Mraz (b), Hank Jones (p), Keith Copeland (d), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)

NOTES:
This original Alpha Jazz album was issued in both Japan and Germany. The German label that released it was Enja. Both versions came out the same year and bear the same title, but the artwork is different.


Title: As Time Goes By
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Enja Licensed     Cat. Num.: ENJ-7061 2 (Germany)     Rel. Year: 1991
04:03 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Falling In Love With Love (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
06:51 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld)
03:37 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master September In The Rain (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
04:58 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
03:53 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
04:08 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Long Ago (And Far Away) (Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern)
03:46 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)
05:24 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:20 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
07:03 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), George Mraz (b), Hank Jones (p), Keith Copeland (d), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)

NOTES:
Reissue (or simultaneous co-release) of the 1991 Alpha Jazz Japanese CD that bears the same title. Different artwork.

Reviewed in the May 1993 issue of the magazine Stereo Review: Short of Billie Holiday, you couldn't ask for more than we get here. Chris Connor is a veteran singer whose slight nasality and occasionally brittle phrasing used to come as affected but now seems evidence of character. In this new release, she offers lived-in but undistressed interpretations of ten songs whose familiarity deepens their meaning -- songs like the title from Casablanca, to which listeners bring their own associations. The rhythm backing is flawless ... "


Title: Angel Eyes
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCR-124 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master Unforgettable (Irving Gordon)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master It Might As Well Be Spring (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master All Alone (Irving Berlin)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master What'll I Do (Irving Berlin)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master This Can't Be Love (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master That Old Devil Called Love (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master Lover (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), George Mraz (b), Hank Jones (p), Keith Copeland (d), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)

NOTES:
Original album. Released in Japan only.


Title: Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: AMCY 1050 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Master Circus (Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Master Flying Home (Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Listed above are just the bonus tracks -- not the full program -- of this Japanese issue. (When a CD has been issued in the English-speaking world and reissued in Japan, my policy is to list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, and as shown above, I make allowances when it comes to bonus tracks. If the Japanese reissue contains bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world, I have entered the reissue in this discography, along with its bonus tracks.)


Title: I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: AMCY 1059 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:39 04/29/1958 3054 Master Under Paris Skies (Hubert Giraud, Kim Gannon, Jean Drejac)
02:45 04/29/1958 3055 Master Moon Ride (Margo Guryan)
02:50 12/22/1959 3984 Master Invitation (Paul Francis Webster, Bronislau Kaper)
02:47 01/28/1960 4241 Master I Only Want Some (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

Chris Connor (ldr), Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller (pdr), Joe Wilder (t), George Duvivier (b), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Listed above are just the bonus tracks -- not the full program -- of this Japanese issue. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, my policy is to list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.)


Title: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: AMCY 1072 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:32 09/06/1959 3656 Master Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Master Señor Blues (Horace Silver)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Listed above are just the bonus tracks -- not the full program -- of this Japanese issue. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, my policy is to list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.)


Title: Free Spirits ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: AMCY-1077 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
03:41 03/11/1962 6044 Master Look No Further (Richard Rodgers)
02:40 03/11/1962 6045 Master No Strings (Richard Rodgers)
03:18 03/11/1962 6046 Master Nobody Told Me (Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Ernie Royal, Nick Travis (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Milt Hinton (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Gus Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Listed above are just the four bonus tracks included in the Japanese edition of the American album Free Spirits. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, my policy is to list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.) All four tracks were taken from another American Atlantic album, a 1962 multiple-artists project entitled No Strings: An After-Theater Version, which was Connor's last work for the label.


Title: The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Victor     Cat. Num.: AMCY-1078 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
03:10 09/06/1959 3658 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 Master I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Master Oh! You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 Master I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo Master These Foolish Things (Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Master Jump For Joy (Duke Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Master Go 'Way From My Window (John Jacob Niles)
02:26 07/31/1958 3108 Master Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
02:23 07/31/1958 3109 Master I Won't Cry Anymore (Fred Wise, Al Frisch)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
03:14 01/29/1959 3338 Master Bargain Day (William Roy)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Master Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 Master He Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Al Cohn, Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Bobby Jasper (f), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Marshal Royal (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bernie Glow, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Snooky Young (t), Bob Alexander, Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, Hank Jones, John Lewis (p), Dave Bailey, Sol Gubin, Osie Johnson, Connie Kay, Don Lamond, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)

NOTES:
Re-pressed by Time warner's East West Japan in 1997 with catalogue number AMCY-2221.
The two issues seem to be identical, except for the obi (white-colored in 1991, gold in 1997).

Curiously, the front cover of this Japanese CD is uncharacteristically drab: a black backdrop, with the title and other details in red lettering, but no artwork at all.

This Japanese CD (re)issues the contents of a LP that US Atlantic prepared around 1963 but left unreleased in American land. In addition to the present compact disc edition, there was allegedly a much earlier Japanese LP edition, but I have yet to find confirmation about this allegation. (It is claimed that the Japanese LP was the first to include "All About Ronnie" and "I Hear The Music Now," as bonus tracks not on the cancelled American LP. The CD under discussion would have then added a third bonus track, "I Won't Cry Anymore.")

This CD -- and, if it exists, its LP counterpart -- are particularly noteworthy for the inclusion of Chris Connor's studio version of "All About Ronnie" on Atlantic. That version (not to be confused with her live version on Atlantic, or with studio versions on other labels) has been issued only on this "Best Of" compilation.

As for the other tracks, two thirds of them come from Connor's original albums on Atlantic Records. Specifically:

Chris Connor ("He Was Too Good To Me," "I Get A Kick Out of You")
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not ("Oh, You Crazy Moon")
Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song ("Summertime")
Witchcraft ("I Hear The Music Now," "Witchcraft")
Chris Connor Sings Ballads of The Sad Café ("These Foolish Things," "Bargain Day")
Free Spirits ("I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "Jump For Joy")

(Therefore, The Best Of Chris Connor includes no tracks from the Atlantic albums Chris Craft, A Jazz Date With Chris Connor, A Portrait Of Chris, Double Exposure or Chris In Person.)

In addition to the album tracks and the studio version of "All About Ronnie," this compilation incorporates four numbers from singles sessions. "I Won't Cry Anymore" and "Hallelujah, I Love Him So" were recorded on July 31, 1958 and originally issued on Atlantic 45 #1198. "Go 'Way From My Window" (recorded on February 15, 1956) and "I Miss Yo So" (recorded on July 28, 1956) were released on separate singles and also in the album I Miss You So which was a singles compilation. To my knowledge, "Hallelujah, I Love Him So" is not found in any other Connor LP or CD.


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Holman And Russo Charts
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP/CD     Label: Mosaic Licensed     Cat. Num.: MR6-136 / MD4-136     Rel. Year: 1991     Volumes: 6
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 Master And The Bull Walked Around, Olé! (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 Master If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:50 04/08/1953 11352-9 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Master Baia (Ary Barroso)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v, bkv)


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Creative World Of Stan Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-5651-5655 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991     Volumes: 5
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 Master If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Each of the discs in this 5CD set has its own title and -- as is generally the case for Japanese set --, its own catalogue number. Connor's two tracks can be found in the last disc, entitled Standards By Kenton, catalogue number 5655.


Title: [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 81817 4/2     Rel. Year: 1991
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 Master They All Laughed (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con, ts), Ray Ellis (arr, con), Ralph Burns (con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Danny Bank, Sol Schlinger (bar), Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Nick Travis (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, John Lewis (p), Gus Johnson, Connie Kay, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Too Marvelous For Words: Capitol Sings Johnny Mercer
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: C4/C2 96791      Rel. Year: 1991
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Vocals For A Romantic Afternoon
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: EMI     Cat. Num.: Tocj 5297 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:20 1963 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)

Chris Connor (ldr), Alan Douglas (pdr), Michel Colombier Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v), Les Double Six (bkv)


Title: [Various Artists] Your Hit Parade: The Unforgettable '50s
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Time-Life Music Licensed     Cat. Num.: HPD-27     Rel. Year: 1991
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Classic
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY's Contemporary     Cat. Num.: CCD-14023-2     Rel. Year: 1992
02:38 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Let's Face The Music And Dance (Irving Berlin)
04:12 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Laura (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin)
02:40 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Sweet Happy Life (Samba de Orfeu) (Luiz Bonfá, Norman Gimbel, Antonio Maria Araujo de Moraes, Andre Michel C. Salvet)
03:37 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master In Love In Vain (Jerome Kern, Leo Robin)
00:36 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)
01:52 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master You Don't Know What Love Is (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
02:29 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Love (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:41 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)
04:10 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
04:04 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
03:34 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Brazil (Ary Barroso, Bob Russell)
04:30 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master We'll Be Together Again (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
02:40 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Let's Take The Long Way Home (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Helen Keane (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr, p, DX7), Paquito D'Rivera (as), Claudio Roditi (t, fh), Rufus Reid (b), Mike Abene (p, DX7), Akira Tana (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital version of the original 1987 album that bears the same title and artwork.


Title: New Again
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY's Contemporary     Cat. Num.: CCD-14038-2     Rel. Year: 1992
03:05 August 17-19, 1987 Master Dearly Beloved (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
04:11 August 17-19, 1987 Master Down In Brazil (Michael Franks)
03:46 August 17-19, 1987 Master I Never Meant To Hurt You (Laura Nyro)
03:14 August 17-19, 1987 Master Love Locked Out (Ray Noble, M. Kester)
02:00 August 17-19, 1987 Master Cheek To Cheek (Irving Berlin)
01:25 August 17-19, 1987 Master That Face (Lew Spence, Alan Bergman)
02:35 August 17-19, 1987 Master Dancing In The Dark (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
00:20 August 17-19, 1987 Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You (Irving Berlin)
03:06 August 17-19, 1987 Master Mad About The Boy (Noel Coward)
04:17 August 17-19, 1987 Master Antonio's Song (Michael Franks)
04:12 August 17-19, 1987 Master I Wish I'd Met You (Johnny Mandel, Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)
05:02 August 17-19, 1987 Master My Foolish Heart (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master Saturday Night (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master Little White Lies (Walter Donaldson)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master I Wish I Didn't Love You So (Frank Loesser)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master I've Heard That Song Before (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
      August 17-19, 1987 Master Everything Old Is New Again (Peter Allen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Helen Keane, Lori Muscarelle (pdr), Mike Abene, Richard Rodney Bennett (arr, key), Bill Kirchner (f, cl, ss, as, ts), Dave Valentin (f), Claudio Roditi (t, fh), Michael Moore (b), Buddy Williams (d), Sammy Figueroa (per), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital version of the original 1987 album that bears the same title and artwork.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland ("Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series")
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: EVIDENCE     Cat. Num.: 20-3005-2     Rel. Year: 1992
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Remastered edition of one of Connor's main Bethlehem albums, with an (alleged) alternate take as a bonus track. Reissued by Avenue Jazz in 2000.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Jazz Heritage Society/Amerco      Cat. Num.: 5172478     Rel. Year: 1992
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of a Bethlehem album.


Title: [Various Artists] Anything Goes: Cole Porter ("Capitol Sings" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 0777 7 96361      Rel. Year: 1992
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)


Title: [Various Artists] George Gershwin: American Songbook Series
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Smithsonian Licensed      Cat. Num.: RD 048-2     Rel. Year: 1992
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Le Paris Bleu
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note     Cat. Num.: TOCJ 7-99100-2 (France)     Rel. Year: 1992
03:29 1963 Master I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)

Chris Connor (ldr), Alan Douglas (pdr), Michel Colombier Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v), Les Double Six (bkv)


Title: [Various Artists] Blue Vocals, Volume 2
Artist: Peggy Lee; Chris Connor
Format: CS/CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note     Cat. Num.: B4/B2 96583     Rel. Year: 1992
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Master Can't Get Out Of This Mood (Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), John Neves (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton Retrospective
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 7 97350 2     Rel. Year: 1992     Volumes: 4
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Connor's one track can be found in disc #97352 of this 4CD set.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Natasha Imports Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: NI-4006     Rel. Year: 1992
03:08 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping I'll Remember April (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)
03:17 March 27 - April 9, 1953 Concert Taping There Will Never Be Another You (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissued by Viper's Nest, with the same title, in 1996. Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: The London Connection
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: AUDIOPHILE     Cat. Num.: ACD-246     Rel. Year: 1993
02:10 09/20/1990 Concert Taping Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:48 09/22/1990 Concert Taping I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:49 09/21/1990 Concert Taping My Heart Stood Still (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:33 09/20/1990 Concert Taping Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:12 09/21/1990 Concert Taping Lover (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:30 09/20/1990 Concert Taping Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:10 09/22/1990 Concert Taping Things Are Swingin' (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
      09/22/1990 Concert Taping That Old Devil Called Love (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts)
03:14 09/21/1990 Concert Taping Dearly Beloved (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
03:30 09/20/1990 Concert Taping Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
      09/21/1990 Concert Taping It Might As Well Be Spring (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
      09/22/1990 Concert Taping Good Morning, Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
02:05 09/22/1990 Concert Taping This Can't Be Love (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:34 09/21/1990 Concert Taping Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
02:29 09/21/1990 Concert Taping Lover, Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:49 09/22/1990 Concert Taping The More I See You (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
03:06 09/22/1990 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
02:18 09/20/1990 Concert Taping I Love Being Here With You (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
02:38 09/22/1990 Concert Taping Key Largo (Benny Carter, Karl Suessdorf, Leah Worth)

Chris Connor (ldr), George H. Buck, Jr. (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr), Alan Barnes (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Spike Heathley (b), Bob Kaye (p), Terry Jenkins (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Original album, containing live numbers performed in London's Pizza On The Park.


Title: My Funny Valentine
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCR-253 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1993
04:31 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Come Fly With Me (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
05:36 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Funny (Not Much) (Marcia Neil, Phillip Folsom Broughton, Hughie Prince, Bob Merrill)
03:55 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master You Go To My Head (John Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
05:23 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Night And Day (Cole Porter)
03:34 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master This Heart Of Mine (Harry Warren, Ralph Freed)
04:25 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master It's Easy to Remember (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:35 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter)
05:04 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:21 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Flying Down To Rio (Gus Kahn, Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu)
03:20 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman)
04:10 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master The Last Dance (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
05:27 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Satosh Hirano (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr, key), Ted Nash aka Theodore Nash (f, ts), Jim Powell (t, fh), Chip Jackson (b), Bob Kaye (p), Vinton W. "Vinnie" Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Original album, recorded for the Japanese market.


Title: Alone Together {Chris Connor, Anita O'Day}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Tdk Licensed     Cat. Num.: TDCN-5046E (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1993
03:39 12/12/1978 Master Come In From The Rain (Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager)
03:49 12/12/1978 Master A Baby's Born (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
03:57 12/12/1978 Master I'll Catch The Sun (Rod McKuen)
03:22 12/12/1978 Master Blue, Green, Grey And Gone (Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Francis Lemarque)
03:27 12/12/1978 Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
03:22 12/12/1978 Master More Today Than Yesterday (Pat Upton)
02:40 12/12/1978 Master Alone Together (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:53 12/12/1978 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:50 12/12/1978 Master All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ronne McClure (b), Harold Danko (p), Edward Soph (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital version of a 1979 original Connor LP. Also issued on CD by Absord Records (2004).

Both CD issues contain five tracks by Anita O'Day which were not part of the 1979 LP. All material -- Connor's and O'Day's -- was originally recorded for the Japanese music market. (The O'Day tracks are "You Go To My Head," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Bluesette," "I'm Old Fashioned," and "Speak Low.")


Title: Out Of This World {Chris Connor, Carmen McRae}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Charly Public Domain     Cat. Num.: CDCD 1081 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1993
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
A digital reissue of two British LPs: Carmen McRae In London; Recorded Live At The Flamingo Jazz Club (Ember Records, 1966) and Chris Connor's Out Of This World (Affinity, a label or branch of Charly Records, 1984). The Affinity album is a 17-track compilation of material from Chris Connor's Bethlehem period. This 1993 CD contains only 10 of the 17 tracks that appear in the Affinity LP. Reissed in 1995.


Title: [Various Artists] George & Ira Gershwin: Great American Songwriters Series
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: R2-71503     Rel. Year: 1993
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Rodgers & Hart: Great American Songwriters Series, Volume 3
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: R4/R2 -71505     Rel. Year: 1993
03:30 01/29/1959 3341 Master Glad To Be Unhappy (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Marshal Royal, Phil Woods (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young (t), Eddie Bert, Al Grey, Frank Rehak (tb), Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones (b), Stan Free (p), Sonny Payne (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: Great American Songwriters Series, Volume 5
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: R4/R2 -71507     Rel. Year: 1993
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (con), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The 15th Anniversary Stash Sampler
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: STASH     Cat. Num.: ST-CD-526     Rel. Year: 1993
02:09 September 12 & 19, 1983 Master Rio (Peter Allen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Bernie Brightman (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr), Bucky Pizzarelli (g), Dick Sarpolo (b), Russ Kassoff (p), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Unissued Concert In Miniature Encores, 1952-1953
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Natasha Imports Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: NI-4017     Rel. Year: 1993
02:41 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
03:51 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping I'll Remember April (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)
02:58 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
02:58 March 27 - April 9, 1953 Concert Taping Taking A Chance On Love (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards, Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Various Artists] Best Of The '50's ("Atlantic Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: R2 71282     Rel. Year: 1993
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

Chris Connor (ldr), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Unforgettable
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCR-306 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1993
03:37 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master September In The Rain (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
03:53 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
05:24 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:03 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Falling In Love With Love (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master It Might As Well Be Spring (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master Unforgettable (Irving Gordon)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Master This Can't Be Love (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
05:23 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Night And Day (Cole Porter)
03:55 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master You Go To My Head (John Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
05:27 May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992 Master Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Satosh Hirano, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr, key, ac), Ted Nash aka Theodore Nash (f, ts), Jim Powell (t, fh), Chip Jackson, George Mraz (b), Hank Jones, Bob Kaye (p), Keith Copeland, Vinton W. "Vinnie" Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This compilation contains tracks from three of Chris Connor's original albums on the Japanese label Alfa Jazz. The first four tracks are from As Time Goes By, those numbered 5 to 8 from Angel Eyes, and the last three from My Funny Valentine. Part of Alfa Jazz' "Fifth Anniversary Sound Catalogue" releases.


Title: Chris ("Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series")
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: EVIDENCE     Cat. Num.: 20-4011-2     Rel. Year: 1994
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:52 December 17-18, 1953 Alternate Take Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:24 December 17-18, 1953 Alternate Take Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
03:01 December 17-18, 1953 Alternate Take Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:19 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Alternate Take Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Alternate Take Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:29 April 1955, Later Date Alternate Take From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:30 April 1955, Later Date Alternate Take A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:41 April 1955, Later Date Alternate Take Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Alternate Take Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Remastered edition of one of Chris Connor's three main LPs on Bethlehem. Includes, as bonus tracks, (alleged) alternate takes of all 12 master takes. Since most of them sound identical to the master takes, there is doubt about the validity of the moniker "alternate."

Domestically, this CD was reissued by Avenue Jazz Records in 2000.


Title: This Is Chris ("Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series")
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: EVIDENCE     Cat. Num.: 20-5017-2     Rel. Year: 1994
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Remastered edition of one of Chris Connor's three main LPs on Bethlehem. (Actually, this was the only one of those three LPs to contain tracks, expressly recorded for release on a 12" album. Though advertised as brand new original albums, the other two 12" LPs were just compilations of material previously issued on singles, EPs, and 10" LPs.) Domestically, this Evidence CD was reissued by Avenue Jazz Records in 2001.


Title: Carmen McRae Live At The Flamingo Club / The Magic Of Chris Connor
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Fat Boy Public Domain      Cat. Num.: FATCD 168 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1994
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This bargain twofer consists of two albums that the British label Ember had released in the 1960s: Carmen McRae In London; Recorded Live At The Flamingo Jazz Club (1966) and The Magic Of Chris Connor (1962). The latter was in turn a reissue of the Bethlehem LP Chris, aka The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor.


Title: Nina Simone And Her Friends {Chris Connor, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ZYX Public Domain     Cat. Num.: BET 6020-2 (Germany)     Rel. Year: 1994
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the 1960 Bethlehem compilation that bears the same title.


Title: [Various Artists] From This Moment On: The Songs Of Cole Porter
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Smithsonian Licensed      Cat. Num.: RD 047 A4 22481-22485     Rel. Year: 1994     Volumes: 4
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Master Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Great American Songwriters
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed     Cat. Num.: 15991     Rel. Year: 1994
03:54 1971 Master Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Wade Alexander, Rod McKuen (pdr), Patrick Rebillot (arr), Alyn Ainesworth (s-a), George Barnes (g), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: EVIDENCE     Cat. Num.: ECD 22110-2     Rel. Year: 1995
03:26 09/25/1981 Concert Taping It Might As Well Be Spring (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
03:30 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:31 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:55 09/25/1981 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:43 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Good Morning, Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
02:42 09/25/1981 Concert Taping I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)
02:25 09/25/1981 Concert Taping A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:46 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Lover, Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:08 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:18 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)
03:20 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Glad To Be Unhappy (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:58 09/25/1981 Concert Taping I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
02:58 09/25/1981 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:38 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:28 09/25/1981 Concert Taping My Heart Stood Still (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Horst Liepolt (pdr), Steve LaSpina (b), Fred Hersch (p), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Previously unissued concert tracks.

Reissued in 2003 by Absorb Music, in Japan.

This is one of two Connor dates at the Sweet Basil which have been issued. The other one: Chris Connor Live (Applause Records, 1983).


Title: Blue Moon
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCB-3902 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1995
03:03 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master Dearly Beloved (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)
04:27 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master All The Way (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
04:00 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master Days Of Wine And Roses (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer)
05:18 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master All Through The Night (Cole Porter)
03:14 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master Singing In The Rain (Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown)
03:55 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master The Crying Game (Geoff Stephens)
05:35 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master Wild Is The Wind (Dmitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington)
04:08 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master So In Love (Cole Porter)
04:47 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master Blue Moon (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:47 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master That's Entertainment (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
04:23 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Tim Rice, Elton John)
03:17 June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995 Master Be A Clown (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Satosh Hirano (pdr), Mike Abene (arr, p), Frank Vicari (ss, ts), Lew Soloff (t), Chip Jackson (b), Dom Chicchetti (snt), Danny Gottlieb (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Connor's last original album of the 1990s. (Her next original album would be Haunted Heart, released in 2001.)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©Columbia's Nippon     Cat. Num.: COCY-78661 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1995
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:28 August 21,1954 Alternate Take Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Listed above, per this discography's policy, is the only track that was brand new (i.e., never previously issued on the American market, nor elsewhere).

The CD under discussion actually consists of 16 tracks, out of which two are alternates, added as bonus tracks. One of the alternates, "Why Shouldn't I?," had already appeared on a 1992 American CD reissue. Hence it has not been entered above, either.

Of the entire track listing, the alternate take of "Stella By Starlight" was thus the only one which was being newly released in 1995. It occupies the #15 position in the disc. I should clarify, however, that the CD's obi and/or back cover fail to account for this title. Under track #15, an entirely different track, not present on the disc, has been erroneously listed instead. (The wrongly mentioned title: "Ask Me.") My thanks to Max O. Preeo, who clarified this matter for me after he listened to Columbia Nippon CD COCY-78861.


Title: [Various Artists] At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Westwind Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 2025 (Germany)     Rel. Year: 1995
02:54 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
02:27 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
05:09 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:10 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the 1988 Westwind LP that bears the same title. Both the LP and the CD contain a total of nine tracks. In addition to the five vocals listed above, four instrumentals are included: "Love For Sale," "Lover, Come Back To Me," "Rifftide" and "The Man I Love." The instrumentals feature Tommy Flanagan, Coleman Hawkins, and Roy Eldridge, along with some of the other musicians who were part of the so-called American Jazz Festival from which all these live tracks were taken.


Title: [Various Artists] The Jazz Festivals In Latin America
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Westwind Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 2062 [Germany]     Rel. Year: 1995     Volumes: 3
02:54 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
02:27 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
05:09 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:10 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This 3CD set contains many of the performances from the so-called American Jazz Festival which was held in Brazil in 1961. The total number of tracks is 22.

The Connor vocals included herein are the same ones found in the 1995 co-release At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America.

I suspect that this set's 3 CDs were sold not only as an unit but also separately. (I call my comment a suspicion because I do not have a copy of the set. Hence I cannot fully corroborate.) If my suspicion is correct, then the aforementioned co-release (At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America) should be identical to one of the three discs that are part of The Jazz Festivals In Latin America.


Title: [Various Artists] The Sullivan Years: Great Ladies of Jazz
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Sundays & Sofa/TVT Public Domain      Cat. Num.: TVT-9450- 4/2     Rel. Year: 1995
02:00 04/10/1960 Television Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
02:31 07/17/1960 Television Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This CD contains the audio of various performances from Ed Sullivan's TV show. It is an official release from the company that owns Sullivan's TV material. In addition to Chris Connor, the other featured singers are Lena Horne, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Keely Smith, and Sarah Vaughan. In 2010, these performances were also officially released on commercial MP3 files.


Title: Out Of This World {Chris Connor, Carmen McRae} (Classic Soul Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: TKO ?Licensed     Cat. Num.: CDCD 1081 (EEC)     Rel. Year: 1995
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
A digital reissue of two British LPs: Carmen McRae In London; Recorded Live At The Flamingo Jazz Club (Ember Records, 1966) and Chris Connor's Out Of This World (Affinity, a label or branch of Charly Records, 1984). The Affinity album is a 17-track compilation of material from Chris Connor's Bethlehem period. This 1995 CD contains only 10 of the 17 tracks that appear in the Affinity LP. Previously issued in 1993.


Title: [Various Artists] Those Fabulous Ladies Of Jazz
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Jazz World Public Domain      Cat. Num.: 2528 (Denmark)      Rel. Year: 1995
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)


Title: [Various Artists] Great American Songwriters, Volumes 1-5
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: 74033     Rel. Year: 1995
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] I Feel A Song Comin' On: Jimmy McHugh ("Capitol Sings" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 7243 8 32565      Rel. Year: 1995
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Master Can't Get Out Of This Mood (Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), John Neves (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Ladies Sing The Gershwin Songbook
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain     Cat. Num.: Bm2cd 99907 (Spain)      Rel. Year: 1995     Volumes: 2
02:34 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Unknown (b, d), Stan Freeman (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Voices Of Cool, Volume 2 ("Atlantic Jazz Vocals" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: 71784     Rel. Year: 1995
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Master Señor Blues (Horace Silver)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Love Songs
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed     Cat. Num.: 12485     Rel. Year: 1995
03:32 1971 Master As I Love My Own (Rod McKuen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Wade Alexander, Rod McKuen (pdr), Patrick Rebillot (arr), Alyn Ainesworth (s-a), George Barnes (g), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Compact Sound Of Jazz
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Charly Public Domain     Cat. Num.: SAM 102 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1995
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)


Title: [Various Artists] Back To Balboa: Kenton's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: MAMA Musical Archives Foundation Collectors' Label     Cat. Num.: MMF 1003     Rel. Year: 1995     Volumes: 5
04:53 June 2, 1991; The Back To Balboa Convention Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

Richard Rodney Bennett (arr), Marion "Buddy" Childers (con), Alan Broadbent (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Live track.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Masters Of Swing: Stan Kenton 1952-53
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Swing Mania Public Domain     Cat. Num.: 682466 (France)     Rel. Year: 1995
      04/21/1953 Concert Taping Everything Happens To Me (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
      05/19/1953 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
      06/02/1953 Concert Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Taking A Chance On Love (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche)
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards, Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Tony Ferina, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: All About Ronnie ("Giants of Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Giants Of Jazz/Promo Public Domain     Cat. Num.: 53230 (Italy)     Rel. Year: 1996
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 Master If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 Master And The Bull Walked Around, Olé! (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:25 11/16/1960 5179 Master Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun, Lee Gillette, Creed Taylor (pdr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Bill Russo (arr, tb), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz, Milt Yaner (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Bob Gioga, Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Jimmy Nottingham, Ernie Royal, Don Smith, Red Solomon (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Bob Burgess, Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Frank Saracco, Tom Shepard, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), George Roberts (bt), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Barry Galbraith, Joe Puma, Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Stan Kenton, Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Stan Levey, Art Mardigan, Teddy Sommer (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v, bkv), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Public Domain compilation that combines 17 of Chris Connor's 35 masters for Bethlehem Records with 1 master from her Atlantic years ("Where Flamingos Fly") and 5 of the 8 masters that she recorded for Capitol (as vocalist with The Stan Kenton Orchestra).


Title: Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ROULETTE Jazz     Cat. Num.: 7243 8 37201 2 5     Rel. Year: 1996
02:08 01/30/1961 15652 Master I Feel A Song Coming On (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:00 12/15/1960 15646 Master The Wind (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 Master New York's My Home (Gordon Jenkins)
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Master Guess Who I Saw Today (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 Master When The Sun Comes Out (Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Master Send For Me (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Master Where Do You Go? (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Master Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Master Deep Song (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Master Can't Get Out Of This Mood (Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), John Neves (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the album that Roulette Records originally issued in 1961, with the same title.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Jazz Ladies & Stan Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Giants Of Jazz/Promo Public Domain     Cat. Num.: 53240 (Italy)     Rel. Year: 1996
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 Master And The Bull Walked Around, Olé! (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 Master If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v, bkv)

NOTES:
This Public Domain compiulation features vocal recordings by The Stan Kenton Orchestra. In addition to Chris Connor, the other featured canaries are Kay Brown, June Christy, Anita O'Day, Ann Richards, and Jean Turner.


Title: [Various Artists] James Van Heusen: The Smithsonian American Songbook Series
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Smithsonian Licensed      Cat. Num.: AD048-18 A24155     Rel. Year: 1996
03:11 06/06/1956 2011 Master Suddenly It's Spring (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Viper's Nest Collectors' Label     Cat. Num.: VN-1007     Rel. Year: 1996
03:08 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping I'll Remember April (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)
03:17 March 27 - April 9, 1953 Concert Taping There Will Never Be Another You (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Previously issued (1992) by Natasha Imports, with the same title but different artwork. Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem Jazz Sampler, Volume 1 (Jazz Series)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 20-3024-2     Rel. Year: 1996
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Ballads
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Enja Licensed     Cat. Num.: 9300 [Germany]     Rel. Year: 1996
05:24 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), George Mraz (b), Hank Jones (p), Keith Copeland (d), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)


Title: [Various Artists] Christmas With Friends and Lovers
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed     Cat. Num.: 12784     Rel. Year: 1996
02:54 1971 Master Snowbird (Gene MacLellan)

Chris Connor (ldr), Wade Alexander, Rod McKuen (pdr), Patrick Rebillot (arr), Alyn Ainesworth (s-a), George Barnes (g), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Female Vocal Classics ("Masters of Jazz Series," 5)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: R2 72472     Rel. Year: 1996
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Ladies In Jazzland
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Koch's Jazzfest Licensed      Cat. Num.: 2226     Rel. Year: 1997
03:53 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), George Mraz (b), Hank Jones (p), Keith Copeland (d), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)


Title: [Various Artists] Sing Me A Song Of Jazz
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Koch's Jazzfest Licensed      Cat. Num.: 2217     Rel. Year: 1997
03:53 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), George Mraz (b), Hank Jones (p), Keith Copeland (d), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)


Title: [Various Artists] Songs Of Love, Peace, Understanding And A Little Headache
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Koch's Jazzfest Licensed      Cat. Num.: __     Rel. Year: 1997
06:51 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), George Mraz (b), Hank Jones (p), Keith Copeland (d), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)


Title: [Various Artists] Sincerely, George & Ira Gershwin
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Koch's Jazzfest Licensed      Cat. Num.: 2208     Rel. Year: 1997
02:20 March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Master Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Makoto Kimata (pdr), {Head Arrangement} (arr), George Mraz (b), Hank Jones (p), Keith Copeland (d), Chris Connor (v), Richard Rodney Bennett (ac)


Title: [Various Artists] Club Verboten
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Dcc Licensed     Cat. Num.: 135     Rel. Year: 1997
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (con), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Ladies Only
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: TKM Public Domain     Cat. Num.: 3056     Rel. Year: 1997
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: 'S Wonderful
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain     Cat. Num.: BMCD 3074 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 1998
02:03 1963 Concert Taping A Lot Of Livin' To Do (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Concert Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Concert Taping Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 Concert Taping You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping Old Devil Moon (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 Concert Taping I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Concert Taping Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Concert Taping Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Concert Taping Only The Lonely (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Concert Taping Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:34 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 May 27, 1957, 10:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Television Taping Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Unknown (b, d), Ronnie Ball, Stan Freeman (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1963 FM live album Chris Connor At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show, with two bonus tracks taken from the 1976 Calliope LPs Sessions, Live, 1956 and Sessions, Live, 1957. (Those bonus tracks were taped from a 1957 TV performance. They are not found in any other CD.)

This Blue Moon CD can be found listed with a 2004 release date in online sites. However, it definitely was originally issued years earlier. Perhaps it was just re-pressed and re-released in 2004.

The Spanish label Fresh Sound (to which Blue Moon probably has ties) also released this album on LP, at an unknown date.


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Vocal Classics (Atlantic Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: 72966     Rel. Year: 1998
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Master Moon Ray (Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Sam Most (f), Joe Puma (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Jazz Singers
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: Smithsonian Licensed      Cat. Num.: RD 113 RJ 0041 / 0040     Rel. Year: 1998
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Master Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Songs For Sophisticats
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Charly Public Domain     Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) __     Rel. Year: 1998
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] The 1950's Birdland Broadcasts
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Jazz Band Collectors' Label     Cat. Num.: EBCD 2135-2 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1998
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Taking A Chance On Love (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche)
02:21 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Love Me Or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
02:53 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:14 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: 32 Jazz Licensed      Cat. Num.: 32108     Rel. Year: 1999     Volumes: 2
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Master Lonesome Road (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 Master All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 Master It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:02 10/27/1960 5148 Master Here's That Rainy Day (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:50 11/16/1960 5177 Master Follow Me (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
04:20 11/16/1960 5180 Master I'm Glad There Is You (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Master Go 'Way From My Window (John Jacob Niles)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Master Time Out For Tears (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Master Oh! You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:46 06/05/1956 2009 Master High On A Windy Hill (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Master Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
04:13 08/07/1956 2075 Master I Wonder What Became Of Me (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:27 01/19/1956 1836 Master When The Wind Was Green (Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Master Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You (Irving Berlin)
04:19 12/17/1956 2243 Master Lonely Town (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:12 12/19/1956 2278 Master My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
04:23 01/29/1959 3340 Master Good Morning, Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
03:48 03/10/1959 3407 Master The End Of A Love Affair (Edward. C. Redding)
04:51 03/19/1959 3413 Master Lilac Wine (James H. Shelton)
02:31 02/01/1957 2324 Master Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 Master I've Got A Crush On You (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin)
01:45 02/01/1957 2329 Master I Got Rhythm (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 Master 'S Wonderful (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:08 03/26/1957 2423 Master Little Jazz Bird (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 Master I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:21 04/09/1962 6094 Master Milano (Margo Guryan, John Lewis)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Master Jump For Joy (Duke Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Master Lonely Woman (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)
03:53 04/30/1962 6186 Master Kansas City (Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Master Flying Home (Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Master Señor Blues (Horace Silver)
02:32 09/06/1959 3656 Master Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:03 03/10/1959 3406 Master (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo Master These Foolish Things (Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Ray Ellis (arr, con), Al Cohn (arr, con, ts), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Willie Maiden (arr, cl, ts), Don Sebesky (arr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p), Harry Lookofsky (ccm, vn), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra, Jimmy Jones Orchestra (acc), Phil Bodner, Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Bobby Jasper (r, f), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Sam Most (f), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Frank Hittner, Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Marshal Royal (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell, Lucky Thompson (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Bill Berry, Donald Byrd, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Rick Kiefer, Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder, Snooky Young (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Clark Terry (t, fh), Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Kenny Rupp, Jim Thompson, Ray Winslow (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green, Joe Puma (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones, Wendell Marshall, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Sanders, Ben Tucker (b), Unknown (str), Ronnie Ball, Jaki Byard, Stan Free, Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Dave Bailey, William Exiner, Osie Johnson, Rufus Jones, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy, Teddy Sommer (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo, John Rodrigues (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Mac Ceppos, Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
For listeners wanting to explore Chris Connor's Atlantic years, Warm Cool is so far the best anthology available. Its 40 tracks were chosen by Chris Connor and by Will Friedwald. According to liner annotator and co-producer Friedwald, he and Connor separately proposed 40 tracks. The final set combines 20 of Connor's choices with 20 of Friedwald's picks. Also included: photos (of the singer, of her albums for Atlantic), a long essay by Friedwald, and personnel details.

Various listeners have voiced the curious opinion that many of this 2CD set's tracks are alternate takes. As far as I can ascertain, such does not seem to be the case. Perceived differences are likelier to be the result of remastering of the tracks, which has resulted in a 'brighter' sound throughout. (My thanks to Donald Martin for corroborating this last detail.)

Critical reviews of this 1999 issue ran the gamut from overly positive to subjectively negative. An example of the former appeared in the March 13, 1999 issue of Billboard magazine: "What? Never heard (or barely heard) of the magnificent Chris Connor? Blame it on her former labels for snoozing despite demand. A major star from the mid-50's onward, she was one of Atlantic's best-known jazz artists, and 32 Records deserves a deep bow for this two-CD retrospective. The still-active Connor followed Anita O'Day and June Christy as vocalist in the Stan Kenton band and, like them, went on to a richer solo career, first on Bethlehem (pick up those reissues, too -- if you can find them) and then on Atlantic. She was a perennial poll-winner, and her "cool jazz" albums also sold well (it didn't hurt that she was a platinum-haired beauty) and were hip-crowd favorites. And no wonder: she had a husky, "warm cool" expressive voice and she took on adventurous material like Strayhorn's Something To Live For and Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman, both included among the 40 choice recordings here. A decent Connor-on-Atlantic retrospective is long, long overdue, and, saints preserve us, it's not only terrific but it's budget-priced too!"

A largely negative review by Alan Bargebuhr appeared in Cadence magazine: "I find, in listening to these tracks again, after 25 or so odd years, that Connor does not hold up for me as well as [June] Christy of the same era. Ms. Connor's vagueness of intonation and oft faltering rhythmic attack are variably distracting. True, at her best, she purveyed a unique gravitas of world-weary broken-heartedness that was stamped with her smoky, dryly compressed trademark sound. And as an apprentice adult, newly emerged from the throes of a stormy puberty, nothing could have suited me better, half a century ago. But now, on the cusp of a new millennia, much of her heartbreak sounds suspiciously tinny. Here, on this 40 track overview, one could quarrel with the inclusion of folksy piffle such as Lilac Wine .... as well as examples of failed pop songwriting like Time Out For Tears, at the expense of gems like Here Lies Love and He Was Too Good To Me ... which will have to await future reissue seizures. And one could question the space used by material currently at hand on the Gershwin Almanac and Jazz Date albums, space which could have been devoted to otherwise unavailable items."


Title: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: R2 71747     Rel. Year: 1999
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Master Moon Ray (Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw)
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Master Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
04:15 12/19/1956 2279 Master Just Squeeze Me (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines)
02:15 12/17/1956 2244 Master Fancy Free (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 Master It's A Most Unusual Day (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
03:28 11/16/1956 2206 Master All I Need Is You (Benny Davis, Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You (Irving Berlin)
04:19 12/17/1956 2243 Master Lonely Town (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:24 12/17/1956 2246 Master Driftwood (Peter Udel, Tommy Goodman)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 Master I'm Shooting High (Jimmy McHugh, Ted Koehler)
03:12 12/19/1956 2278 Master My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Master Moonlight In Vermont (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Master Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)
03:38 03/13/1958 2998 Master Here Lies Love (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
03:03 05/23/1958 3067 Master Be A Clown (Cole Porter)
03:56 04/08/1958 3034 Master Good For Nothin' (But Love) (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 Master On The First Warm Day (Bart Howard)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Master Chinatown My Chinatown (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
02:40 04/08/1958 3033 Master One Love Affair (Bart Howard)
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 Master The Night We Called It A Day (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Master Johnny One Note (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Master Lover Man (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
04:24 04/08/1958 3032 Master Be My All (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Sam Most (f), Al Epstein (bcl, enh), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), George Duvivier, Percy Heath, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This twofer consists of two albums originally recorded for Atlantic. It was reviewed at length (and smartly) by Max Harrison in the Spring 1996 issue of Jazz Journal International. Choice excerpts: "she recasts phrases and whole melodies from within. She actually 'phrases like a horn' in the way often claimed for jazz singers .... [These sessions] prove that, contrary to what has so often been written about her, there is rarely much of the understatement of cool jazz in her singing ... A by no means incidental effect of Miss Connor's approach is that she sometimes makes outstandingly foolish ditties seem as if they have something to do with real life, even forcing their words to take on a degree of meaning ... At the other extreme, she discovers good songs that seem to have been missed elsewhere ... Obviously, there can be no such thing as a definitive performance of any of this material, but several of the[se] recordings almost suggest otherwise, as do earlier specimens from Miss Connor's work such as the Bethlehem Out Of This World or much later cases like the Contemporary Laura."


Title: West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Collectables Licensed     Cat. Num.: COL 5277     Rel. Year: 1999
03:14 01/29/1959 3338 Master Bargain Day (William Roy)
04:52 01/29/1959 3339 Master One For My Baby (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:23 01/29/1959 3340 Master Good Morning, Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
03:30 01/29/1959 3341 Master Glad To Be Unhappy (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:48 03/10/1959 3407 Master The End Of A Love Affair (Edward. C. Redding)
04:27 03/10/1959 3408 Master Something I Dreamed Last Night (Jack Yellen, Herb Magidson, Sammy Fain)
05:00 03/19/1959 3411 Master Ballad of the Sad Café (Charles DeForest)
04:51 03/19/1959 3413 Master Lilac Wine (James H. Shelton)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo Master These Foolish Things (Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (r, f), Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Marshal Royal, Phil Woods (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Donald Byrd, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young (t), Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones, Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), William Exiner, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Mac Ceppos, Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This twofer contains one Connor album and one instrumental album, both originally released by Atlantic Records. Because I have not listened to this issue, I am not certain which version of "These Foolish Things" it contains. The listing of the stereo version is thus tentative.


Title: Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Collectables Licensed     Cat. Num.: COL 6239     Rel. Year: 1999
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Master Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)
03:50 01/23/1956 1853 Master Where Are You? (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Master Anything Goes (Cole Porter)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:49 01/23/1956 1855 Master Every Time (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Master Way Out There (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 Master My April Heart (Buddy Goodman, George Wallington)
02:08 01/23/1956 1856 Master Almost Like Being In Love (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Master Circus (Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Master Flying Home (Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
03:46 06/05/1956 2009 Master High On A Windy Hill (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)
03:57 06/05/1956 2006 Master 'Round About (Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash)
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Master Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
03:50 06/06/1956 2013 Master You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
03:46 06/06/1956 2010 Master Why Can't I? (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:11 06/06/1956 2011 Master Suddenly It's Spring (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:43 08/07/1956 2076 Master About The Blues (Arthur Hamilton)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Master Oh! You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:30 08/07/1956 2073 Master Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
04:13 08/07/1956 2075 Master I Wonder What Became Of Me (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
03:53 08/07/1956 2074 Master Thursday's Child (Elisse Boyd, Murray Grand)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), John Lewis, Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson, Connie Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Twofer containing two Atlantic albums and two bonus tracks ("Circus," "Flying Home"). The original albums' liner notes are included. In a move that Connor fans deemed outrageous, Collectables omitted two of the tracks that were part of the original Atlantic LP Chris Connor: "When The Wind Was Green" and "He Was Too Good To Me." Inquiring fans were told that lack of sufficient space was the reason for both omissions.

On the matter of alternate takes, I have corroborated that this issue indeed contains the stereo version of "Get Out Of Town."


Title: Bethlehem's Girl Friends {Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-62074 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1999
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the 1956 LP compilation that bears the same title.


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies In A Soulful Mood
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Music Club Licensed     Cat. Num.: Mccd 381 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 1999
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Romantic Jazz Vocal
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Disky Licensed     Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) DC 854652      Rel. Year: 1999
02:20 1963 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)

Chris Connor (ldr), Alan Douglas (pdr), Michel Colombier Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v), Les Double Six (bkv)


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Concepts Era - Live!
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Artistry Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 4009     Rel. Year: 1999
02:18 04/14/1953 Concert Taping Love Me Or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
      April 15, 1953, At 8:15 p.m. Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bsx, bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©WEA International     Cat. Num.: 80769 ((United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 2000
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Master Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)
03:50 01/23/1956 1853 Master Where Are You? (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Master Anything Goes (Cole Porter)
03:27 01/19/1956 1836 Master When The Wind Was Green (Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 Master He Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:49 01/23/1956 1855 Master Every Time (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Master Way Out There (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 Master My April Heart (Buddy Goodman, George Wallington)
02:08 01/23/1956 1856 Master Almost Like Being In Love (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (con), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), John Lewis, Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson, Connie Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of Connor's first album for Atlantic Records. Some listeners have expressed dissatisfaction with the disc's sound quality, which reminds them of electronically channelled stereo.

Since I have not actually listened to this British release, I do not whether the stereo or the mono edition of "Get Out Of Town" was the one included. Hence the listing of the stereo version is tentative, though likely.

This item seems to have been re-pressed by Rhino in 2005. It is credited online as released by Rhino/WEA UK. The artwork of the 2005 version is essentially the same (i.e., the front cover reproduces the photo on the original LP), but only the 2000 issue includes a red strip to the left of the front cover, with the words "Atlantic original sound." For a listing of other CD versions, including Japanese ones, see note under the entry for the original 1956 LP, in this page.


Title: Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Collectables Licensed     Cat. Num.: COL 6887     Rel. Year: 2000
02:09 09/13/1959 3447 Concert Taping Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:10 09/13/1959 3448 Concert Taping Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:19 09/13/1959 3449 Concert Taping Señor Blues (Horace Silver)
03:17 09/13/1959 3450 Concert Taping Lover, Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
03:38 09/13/1959 3462 Concert Taping Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
02:48 09/13/1959 3452 Concert Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
02:46 09/13/1959 3453 Concert Taping Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
03:49 09/13/1959 3454 Concert Taping 'Round Midnight (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:18 09/13/1959 3458 Concert Taping Fine And Dandy (Paul James, Kay Swift)
02:49 09/13/1959 3459 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
03:23 09/13/1959 3460 Concert Taping It Don't Mean A Thing (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
02:35 09/13/1959 3461 Concert Taping Chinatown My Chinatown (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 Master They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Master Slap That Bass (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 Master I Was Doing All Right (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Master Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Master Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 Master I Loves You Porgy (Dubose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 Master For You, For Me, For Evermore (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 Master (Our) Love Is Here To Stay (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Eddie de Haas, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones, Bill Rubenstein (p), Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Lex Humpries, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)

NOTES:
Another incongruous release from the mass-marketing label Collectables. For this reissue, the label combined Connor's one live album on Atlantic Records (Chris In Person) with a budget compilation originally released by Clarion Records, which was an Atlantic budget branch. (The Clarion compilation contains selected tracks from the double LP Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac.)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Avenue Jazz Licensed     Cat. Num.: R2 79851     Rel. Year: 2000
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Domestic reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Includes, as a bonus track, an (alleged) alternate take. Domestically, an earlier CD incarnation of this album had been released by Evidence Records (1992).


Title: Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Avenue Jazz Licensed     Cat. Num.: R2 75988     Rel. Year: 2000
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:52 December 17-18, 1953 Alternate Take Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:24 December 17-18, 1953 Alternate Take Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
03:01 December 17-18, 1953 Alternate Take Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:19 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Alternate Take Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Alternate Take Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Alternate Take Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:29 April 1955, Later Date Alternate Take From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
03:30 April 1955, Later Date Alternate Take A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:41 April 1955, Later Date Alternate Take Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Alternate Take Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Domestic reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Includes, as bonus tracks, (alleged) alternate takes of all 12 master takes. Domestically, an earlier CD incarnation of this album had been released by Evidence Records (1994).


Title: [Various Artists] Brain In A Box: Science Fiction Collection
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: 79936     Rel. Year: 2000
02:37 07/28/1956 2065 Master Radar Blues (Harry Revel)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Jazz Collection
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Disky Licensed     Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) DB 990622      Rel. Year: 2000
02:20 1963 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)

Chris Connor (ldr), Alan Douglas (pdr), Michel Colombier Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v), Les Double Six (bkv)


Title: [Various Artists] Now Jazz Best Millenium
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©EMI Toshiba     Cat. Num.: TOCP-65588 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2000
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Haunted Heart
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: HIGHNOTE     Cat. Num.: 7079     Rel. Year: 2001
03:27 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master By Myself (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
05:24 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master Haunted Heart (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
03:30 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master Snowfall (Ruth Thornhill, Claude Thornhill)
03:23 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:36 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master Stairway To The Stars (Frank Signorelli, Matt Malneck, Mitchell Parish)
03:22 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master Key Largo (Benny Carter, Karl Suessdorf, Leah Worth)
04:10 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master Only The Lonely (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:04 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
03:09 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master I Wished On The Moon (Dorothy Parker, Ralph Rainger)
03:09 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master Drinking Again (Johnny Mercer, Doris Tauber)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mike Abene (pdr, arr, p), Bill Easley (f, ts), Ingrid Jensen (t, fh), Chip Jackson, Steve LaSpina (b), Dennis Mackrel (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Original album. Connor's first new recording project of the twenty-first century.


Title: Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Collectors' Choice Licensed     Cat. Num.: CCM-116-2     Rel. Year: 2001
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Master Moonlight In Vermont (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Master Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)
03:38 03/13/1958 2998 Master Here Lies Love (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
03:03 05/23/1958 3067 Master Be A Clown (Cole Porter)
03:56 04/08/1958 3034 Master Good For Nothin' (But Love) (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 Master On The First Warm Day (Bart Howard)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Master Chinatown My Chinatown (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
02:40 04/08/1958 3033 Master One Love Affair (Bart Howard)
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 Master The Night We Called It A Day (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Master Johnny One Note (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Master Lover Man (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
04:24 04/08/1958 3032 Master Be My All (Bart Howard)
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Master Moon Ray (Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw)
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Master Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
04:15 12/19/1956 2279 Master Just Squeeze Me (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines)
02:15 12/17/1956 2244 Master Fancy Free (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 Master It's A Most Unusual Day (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
03:28 11/16/1956 2206 Master All I Need Is You (Benny Davis, Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You (Irving Berlin)
04:19 12/17/1956 2243 Master Lonely Town (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Master Everything I've Got (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:24 12/17/1956 2246 Master Driftwood (Peter Udel, Tommy Goodman)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 Master I'm Shooting High (Jimmy McHugh, Ted Koehler)
03:12 12/19/1956 2278 Master My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Sam Most (f), Al Epstein (bcl, enh), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), George Duvivier, Percy Heath, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of two original Atlantic albums. Or, actually, it is a reissue of a reissue: Collectors' Choice Music licensed its 2001 CD release from Rhino's 1999 CD release, titled A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft. The Collectors' Choice actually bears on its back cover the 1999 production date of the Rhino mastering.


Title: I Miss You So / Witchcraft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Collectables Licensed     Cat. Num.: COL 6814     Rel. Year: 2001
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Master Go 'Way From My Window (John Jacob Niles)
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Master Trust In Me (Milton Ager, Ned Wever, Jean Schwartz)
02:38 02/15/1956 1879 Master Past The Age Of Innocence (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Master Time Out For Tears (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 Master I Love You, Yes I Do (Henry Glover, Sally Nix, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler, Guy Wood)
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 Master My Heart Is So Full Of You (Frank Loesser)
02:24 02/15/1956 1881 Master My Ideal (Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard Whiting)
02:50 10/16/1956 2160 Master Mixed Emotions (Stuart Louchheim)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 Master They All Laughed (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:34 02/15/1956 1880 Master Speak Low (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill)
02:37 07/28/1956 2065 Master Radar Blues (Harry Revel)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Master Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      09/21/1959 3775 Master I'll Never Be Free (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 Master The Lady Sings the Blues (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Master Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:15 10/05/1959 3820 Master When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal)
02:34 09/21/1959 3776 Master How Little We Know (How Little It Matters) (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 Master I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:28 10/05/1959 3819 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Master Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
02:40 09/14/1959 3765 Master Like A Woman (Frank Loesser)
04:13 10/05/1959 3818 Master Skyscraper Blues (Tom Adair, Jenkins)
03:44 09/14/1959 3766 Master You Don't Know What Love Is (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, enh), Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (enh), Jim Buffington (frh), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall (b), Stan Free, Hank Jones (p), Sol Gubin (vib, d, bel), Osie Johnson, Don Lamond, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), Tony Bambino, Linda Barnett, Max Cahn, Mac Ceppos, Arnold Eidus, Felix Giglio, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Montagu, Gene Orloff (vn), Henry Pakaln, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Sidney Edwards (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of two original Atlantic albums.


Title: This Is Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Avenue Jazz Licensed     Cat. Num.: R2 76684     Rel. Year: 2001
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Domestic reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Domestically, an earlier CD incarnation of this album had been released by Evidence Records (1994).


Title: [Various Artists] Cosmic Grooves: Taurus
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: 74255     Rel. Year: 2001
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Master Trust In Me (Milton Ager, Ned Wever, Jean Schwartz)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies, Vol. 1
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY     Cat. Num.: ____     Rel. Year: 2001     Volumes: 2
03:05 August 17-19, 1987 Master Dearly Beloved (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Helen Keane, Lori Muscarelle (pdr), Mike Abene (arr, key), Bill Kirchner (f, cl, ss, as, ts), Dave Valentin (f), Claudio Roditi (t, fh), Michael Moore (b), Richard Rodney Bennett (key), Buddy Williams (d), Sammy Figueroa (per), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies, Vol. 2
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY     Cat. Num.: 60056-2      Rel. Year: 2001
02:38 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Let's Face The Music And Dance (Irving Berlin)
02:40 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Let's Take The Long Way Home (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Helen Keane (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr, p), Paquito D'Rivera (as), Claudio Roditi (t, fh), Rufus Reid (b), Mike Abene (p), Akira Tana (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Portraits On Standards
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note     Cat. Num.: 31571     Rel. Year: 2001
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Master Baia (Ary Barroso)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Also released by the Music For Pleasure branch of EMI in England (CDDL-1293, year unknown -- probably earlier than 2001).


Title: The Great Ladies On V-Disc, Vol. 3 {Chris Connor, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Martha Tilton} (V-Disc Jazz Session Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Tokuma Musical Industries Public Domain      Cat. Num.: (Japan) Tkcf 77076     Rel. Year: 2001
03:14 07/27/1942 CO 33048-2 Alternate Take (Columbia) Why Don't You Do Right? (Joe McCoy)
03:24 May 6, 1946 (Recording Date) Guest Spot (AFRS) I Get The Blues (When It Rains) (Marcy Klauber, Harry Stoddard)
03:31 October 21, 1952 Concert Taping Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:48 October 21, 1952 Concert Taping Sorta Kinda (James Oliver Young)
03:46 October 21, 1952 Concert Taping Wish You Were Here (Harold Rome)
03:53 October 28, 1952 Concert Taping Who Are We To Say? (Gus Kahn, Sigmund Romberg)

Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Morty Palitz (pdr), Mel Powell (arr, p), The Benny Goodman Orchestra, The Les Paul Trio (acc), Dave Figg, Cliff Hoff (cl, ts), Med Flory, Gene Quill (cl, as), Benny Goodman (cl), Dick Zabach (cl, bar), Clint Neagley, Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Leonard Sims, Jon Walton (ts), Robert "Bob" Poland (bar), Benny Baker, Rusty Dedrick, Tony Faso (aka Joseph Fasulo), James "Jimmy" Maxwell, Sonny Rich, Lawrence Stearns, aka Alfred Sculco, Nick Travis (t), Charlie Castaldo, Milt Gold, Obie Massingill, Lou McGarity (tb), Al Antonucci (frh), Dave Barbour, Cal Gooden (g), Les Paul (elg), Bill Crow, Cliff Hill (b), Clint Nordquist (sb), Milt Raskin, Claude Thornhill (p), Howard "Hud" Davies, Winston Welch (d), Chris Connor, Peggy Lee (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of a 1979 Japanese LP on Dan Records. Might have been re-pressed in various years after 2001, including 2012.

Please notice that this entry contains performances by two of my discographical subjects. Of the six above-listed titles, "Why Don't You Do Right?" and "I Get The Blues When It Rains" are sung by Peggy Lee, whereas the other four are Chris Connor interpretations.


Title: I Walk With Music
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: HIGHNOTE     Cat. Num.: 7095     Rel. Year: 2002
04:12 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (Bobby Troup)
05:00 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master Where Can I Go Without You? (Peggy Lee, Victor Popular Young)
04:06 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees, Buddy Kaye)
03:23 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:58 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master How High The Moon (Nancy Hamilton, William Morgan Lewis)
03:18 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master I Walk With Music (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer)
05:04 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master Serenade In Blue (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
02:39 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master Shall We Dance? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
05:08 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master This Heart Of Mine (Harry Warren, Ralph Freed)
03:14 May 17 & 19, 2002 Master On The Road Again (Willie Nelson)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mike Abene (pdr, arr, p), Arthur Sussman (s-a), Bill Easley (r), Jack Wilkins (g), Chip Jackson (b), Dennis Mackrel (d), Memo Acevedo (per), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Although it was not the last original Chris Connor CD released, I Walk With Music actually contains the final sessions which she recorded during her lifetime. (The last original CD was Everything I Love, released in 2003. It contains numbers that had been recorded shortly before these ones, in April 2002.)


Title: A Portrait of Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Collectors' Choice Licensed     Cat. Num.: CCM-236-2     Rel. Year: 2002
02:50 11/16/1960 5177 Master Follow Me (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
02:44 09/19/1960 4934 Master Alone Together (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:54 10/27/1960 5145 Master All Too Soon (Duke Ellington, Carl Sigman)
02:47 09/19/1960 4935 Master Love (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
03:25 11/16/1960 5179 Master Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
03:02 10/27/1960 5148 Master Here's That Rainy Day (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:26 09/19/1960 4932 Master Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
02:47 10/27/1960 5147 Master If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:22 11/16/1960 5178 Master I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:48 10/27/1960 5146 Master Harlequin (George Cory, Douglass Cross)
04:20 11/16/1960 5180 Master I'm Glad There Is You (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz)
02:31 11/16/1960 5182 Master Sweet William (Joe Sherman, Sid Wayne)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ronnie Ball (arr, con, p), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Harry Lookofsky (ccm, vn), Jimmy Jones Orchestra (acc), Phil Bodner (r), Phil Woods (as), Bert Collins, Danny Stiles (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Willie Dennis (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton (b), Unknown (str), Hank Jones (p), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy, Teddy Sommer (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1961 Atlantic album that bears the same title.


Title: Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Collectors' Choice Licensed     Cat. Num.: CCM 319-2     Rel. Year: 2002
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:34 01/23/1961 5292 Master I Only Have Eyes For You (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 Master It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:36 12/05/1960 5216 Master Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree (Truman Capote, Harold Arlen)
04:17 12/14/1960 5224 Master Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Master Lonesome Road (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 Master All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Master Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
04:23 12/05/1960 5217 Master Happy New Year (Gordon Jenkins)
03:11 01/23/1961 5295 Master That's How It Went, All Right (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Willie Maiden (arr, cl, ts), Don Sebesky (arr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Rick Kiefer (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), Charlie Sanders (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1961 album that Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson recorded for Roulette, and which bears the same title.


Title: Now!
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ABC©Universal     Cat. Num.: UCCC-9045 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2002
03:05 07/18/1966 13608 Master Goin' Out Of My Head (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein)
03:16 07/11/1966 13602 Master Carnival (Black Orpheus) (George David Weiss, Luiz Bonfá, Luigi Creator, Hugo Peretti)
02:28 07/18/1966 13609 Master The Boys From Madrid (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, Stride)
02:44 07/20/1966 13612 Master Love Life (Don Payne)
02:38 07/11/1966 13604 Master Never On Sunday (Manos Hadjidakis, B. Towne)
02:52 07/11/1966 13605 Master Autumn (David Shire, Richard Maltby)
02:04 07/20/1966 13610 Master You're Gonna Hear From Me (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)
02:44 07/20/1966 13613 Master The Shining Sea (Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel)
02:16 07/18/1966 13606 Master I'm Telling You Now (Freddie Garrity, Mitch Murray)
02:55 07/18/1966 13607 Master Nowhere Man (Paul McCartney, John Lennon)
03:04 07/11/1966 13603 Master Strangers In The Night (Bert Kaempfert, Eddie Snyder, Charles Singleton)
02:53 07/20/1966 13611 Master Who's Afraid? (Paul Francis Webster, Alex North)

Chris Connor (ldr), Peter De Angelis, Bob Thiele (pdr), Don Sebesky (pdr, arr, con), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
First digital reissue of the 1966 Connor album of the same title. "Miniature LP" edition.


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz For Singers & Dreamers
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: HIGHNOTE     Cat. Num.: 756007     Rel. Year: 2002
04:36 March 10 & 12, 2001 Master Stairway To The Stars (Frank Signorelli, Matt Malneck, Mitchell Parish)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mike Abene (pdr, arr, p), Bill Easley (f, ts), Steve LaSpina (b), Dennis Mackrel (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Everything I Love
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: HIGHNOTE     Cat. Num.: 7108     Rel. Year: 2003
02:52 April 2002 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
03:32 April 2002 Master Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:32 April 2002 Master My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
03:38 April 2002 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)
03:22 April 2002 Master I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)
03:18 April 2002 Master That Old Feeling (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain)
03:03 April 2002 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
04:25 April 2002 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
03:28 April 2002 Master The Shining Sea (Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel)
05:04 April 2002 Master Sentimental Journey (Les Brown, Ben Homer, Bud Green)
03:17 April 2002 Master I'm A Fool To Want You (Joel. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf)
04:11 April 2002 Master I'll Remember April (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)

Chris Connor (ldr), Naoki Fujimoto, Shigeyuki Kawashima (pdr), Dave Matthews (arr, p), Andy Snitzer (sax), Joe Magnarelli (t), Roger Blanc (g), Chip Jackson (b), Terry Silverlight (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Chris Connor's very last studio sessions took place in April 2002 and May 2002. The May sessions were released first, in a CD entitled I Walk With Music (2002).

The 2003 CD Everything I Love contains the April 2002 masters, and qualifies as the last original album released during Connor's lifetime.

To my ears, Everything I Love is one of the least successful efforts of Connor's later years. On the other hand, I Walk With Music strikes me as one of her strongest.

Everything I Love has been issued by two labels, one in Japan (King), the other in the United States (HighNote). Both CDs came out in 2003, the Japanese one under the title Lullaby Of Birdland. The artwork used for the respective front covers are different. Whereas HighNote picked a photo of the singer (a rather unflattering one), King used a drawing of a dark city avenue, with cars in sight, and a sunset as background.

Oddly, I have been told that these April 2002 masters were made for King (not for HighNote), and that King later licensed the masters to HighNote. I do not know if Connor's contract with HighNote was exclusive. According to online data, the HighNote edition was released first, on July 29, 2003. The King edition is listed as issued exactly two months later, on September 29, 2003.


Title: Lullaby Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: King Licensed     Cat. Num.: KICJ-456 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2003
02:52 April 2002 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
03:32 April 2002 Master Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:32 April 2002 Master My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
03:38 April 2002 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)
03:22 April 2002 Master I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)
03:18 April 2002 Master That Old Feeling (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain)
03:03 April 2002 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
04:25 April 2002 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
03:28 April 2002 Master The Shining Sea (Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel)
05:04 April 2002 Master Sentimental Journey (Les Brown, Ben Homer, Bud Green)
03:17 April 2002 Master I'm A Fool To Want You (Joel. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf)
04:11 April 2002 Master I'll Remember April (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)

Chris Connor (ldr), Naoki Fujimoto, Shigeyuki Kawashima (pdr), Dave Matthews (arr, p), Andy Snitzer (sax), Joe Magnarelli (t), Roger Blanc (g), Chip Jackson (b), Terry Silverlight (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Dating from April 2002, this album's masters were recorded while Chris Connor was under contract with the HighNote label. I do not know if the contract was exclusive. I have been told that the masters were actually made for King Records and then licensed to HighNote, which released this exact same album in the United States, though under a different title (Everything I Love). Both issues came out the same year (2003).

The King and HighNote issues feature different artwork. Whereas HighNote picked a photo of the singer (a rather unflattering one), King used a drawing of a dark city avenue, with cars in sight, and a sunset as background.


Title: Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Absord Music Licensed     Cat. Num.: ABCJ-271 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2003
03:26 09/25/1981 Concert Taping It Might As Well Be Spring (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
03:30 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:31 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:55 09/25/1981 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:43 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Good Morning, Heartache (Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
02:42 09/25/1981 Concert Taping I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)
02:25 09/25/1981 Concert Taping A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:46 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Lover, Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:08 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:18 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)
03:20 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Glad To Be Unhappy (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:58 09/25/1981 Concert Taping I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
02:58 09/25/1981 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:38 09/25/1981 Concert Taping Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:28 09/25/1981 Concert Taping My Heart Stood Still (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Horst Liepolt (pdr), Steve LaSpina (b), Fred Hersch (p), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Japanese reissue of the album that was originally issued by the Evidence label, with the same title, in 1995.

Different artwork was used for the two CDs. In both cases, it is a drawing. Obviously inspired by the album's title, Evidence's drawing consists of two simple silhouettes: a female and, a distance, a male. The Absord drawing is, on the other hand, a very faithful rendition of Connor in the act of singing. It seems to have been closely inspired by the photo on the cover of the Chris Connor LP Love Being Here With You, on Stash Records.

The Evidence and Absord incarnations are the only CD appearances of Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil. The album was never issued on vinyl. (It should not to be confused with the 1981 Applause LP Chris Connnor Live, which contains a Sweet Basil concert from a different night.)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland [Reissue of the 10" album]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-9381 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2003
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Whereas the 12" LP version of Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland has been transferred to CD many times, this Toshiba disc is the one and only digital version of the 10" LP.

The packaging of the original 10" issue is reproduced in full, both front and back cover. The front cover features Henry Goldblatt's celebrated artwork. The back cover is also worth having. In addition to the extensive liner notes, it features a couple of photos which, to my knowledge, have not been reproduced anywhere else.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers [Reissue of the 10" album]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-9382 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2003
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This Japanese disc is a collectible: a CD facsimile of the 10-inch LP of the same title, which had not been on CD before. It reproduces both the front and back covers of the 10" LP. The front cover features Henry Goldblatt's celebrated artwork. The back cover features extensive liner notes and two rare photos which, to my knowledge, have not been reproduced anywhere else.


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults, Volume 1
Artist: Various
Format: audiophile LP/CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50504 665541 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 2003     Volumes: 2
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
In the LP format, the full catalogue number of this issue is 50504 665541 1 6. In the CD format, its full catalogue number is 50504 665541 2 3. The second volume of Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults would be released in 2005.


Title: [Various Artists] Nighttime Jazz (Flashback Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: Rhino Licensed      Cat. Num.: 79897     Rel. Year: 2003
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Master Moon Ray (Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Sam Most (f), Joe Puma (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Warner Strategic Marketing (Promo)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 65541     Rel. Year: 2003
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Best Of Jazz Vocals ("Flashback" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Wea Licensed      Cat. Num.: 74316     Rel. Year: 2003
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Master Moon Ray (Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Sam Most (f), Joe Puma (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan's Singers [Volume 1]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Dynaflow Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 2003-2     Rel. Year: 2003
03:36 06/09/1953 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Zoot Sims (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The second volume of Stan's Singers would be issued in 2008.


Title: Chris Craft (Atlantic Masters Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 812 276594 2 (UK/Australia)     Rel. Year: 2004
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Master Moonlight In Vermont (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Master Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)
03:38 03/13/1958 2998 Master Here Lies Love (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
03:03 05/23/1958 3067 Master Be A Clown (Cole Porter)
03:56 04/08/1958 3034 Master Good For Nothin' (But Love) (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 Master On The First Warm Day (Bart Howard)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Master Chinatown My Chinatown (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
02:40 04/08/1958 3033 Master One Love Affair (Bart Howard)
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 Master The Night We Called It A Day (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Master Johnny One Note (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Master Lover Man (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
04:24 04/08/1958 3032 Master Be My All (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Al Epstein (bcl, enh), Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Percy Heath (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1958 album that bears the same title.


Title: Free Spirits
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Collectables Licensed     Cat. Num.: COL 6521     Rel. Year: 2004
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Master Jump For Joy (Duke Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster)
03:18 04/30/1962 6188 Master Night Bird (Al Cohn, Kitty Malone)
03:21 04/09/1962 6094 Master Milano (Margo Guryan, John Lewis)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Master Opportunity, Please Knock (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:02 04/30/1962 6189 Master Daydream (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, John Latouche)
02:27 04/30/1962 6187 Master Things Are Swingin' (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
03:53 04/30/1962 6186 Master Kansas City (Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Master Lonely Woman (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 Master I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:01 04/09/1962 6096 Master God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
03:19 12/11/1961 5857 Master Free Spirits (Norman Mapp)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), George Duvivier, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Domestic reissue of the 1962 Atlantic album that bears the same title. (Previously reissued in Japan; consult notes under the 1962 original album.)


Title: [Various Artists] No Strings: An After-Theater Version {LaVern Baker, Chris Connor, Herbie Mannn, Bobby Short}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Collectables Licensed     Cat. Num.: COL 6714     Rel. Year: 2004
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 Master The Sweetest Sounds (Richard Rodgers)
03:41 03/11/1962 6044 Master Look No Further (Richard Rodgers)
02:40 03/11/1962 6045 Master No Strings (Richard Rodgers)
03:18 03/11/1962 6046 Master Nobody Told Me (Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Ernie Royal, Nick Travis (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Milt Hinton (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Gus Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1962 Atlantic album that bears the same title.


Title: Alone Together {Chris Connor, Anita O'Day}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Absord Music Licensed     Cat. Num.: ABCJ-335 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2004
03:39 12/12/1978 Master Come In From The Rain (Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager)
03:49 12/12/1978 Master A Baby's Born (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
03:57 12/12/1978 Master I'll Catch The Sun (Rod McKuen)
03:22 12/12/1978 Master Blue, Green, Grey And Gone (Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Francis Lemarque)
03:27 12/12/1978 Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
03:22 12/12/1978 Master More Today Than Yesterday (Pat Upton)
02:40 12/12/1978 Master Alone Together (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:53 12/12/1978 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:50 12/12/1978 Master All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ronne McClure (b), Harold Danko (p), Edward Soph (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital version of a 1979 original Connor LP. Previously issued on CD by TDK Records (1993).

Both CD issues contain five tracks by Anita O'Day which were not part of the 1979 LP. All material -- Connor's and O'Day's -- was originally recorded for the Japanese music market. (The O'Day tracks are "You Go To My Head," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Bluesette," "I'm Old Fashioned," and "Speak Low.")


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY©Atlantic Warner     Cat. Num.: unknown number     Rel. Year: 2004
02:38 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Let's Face The Music And Dance (Irving Berlin)
02:40 August 5 & 6, 1986 Master Let's Take The Long Way Home (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

Chris Connor (ldr), Helen Keane (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr, p), Paquito D'Rivera (as), Claudio Roditi (t, fh), Rufus Reid (b), Mike Abene (p), Akira Tana (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Pops In Jazz, Vol. 2
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY     Cat. Num.: 410     Rel. Year: 2004
04:17 August 17-19, 1987 Master Antonio's Song (Michael Franks)

Chris Connor (ldr), Helen Keane, Lori Muscarelle (pdr), Mike Abene (arr, key), Bill Kirchner (f, cl, ss, as, ts), Dave Valentin (f), Claudio Roditi (t, fh), Michael Moore (b), Richard Rodney Bennett (key), Buddy Williams (d), Sammy Figueroa (per), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Good Morning Heartache
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Shout Factory Licensed      Cat. Num.: DK 30276     Rel. Year: 2004
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Master Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Now Jazz Best Platinum
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©EMI Toshiba     Cat. Num.: TOCP-750244 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2004
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Cole Porter
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Disconforme's Definitive Public Domain     Cat. Num.: DRCD 11268 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 2004     Volumes: 2
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] George Gershwin
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Disconforme's Definitive Public Domain     Cat. Num.: DRCD 11269 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 2004
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Stan Free (arr, p), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Milt Jackson (vib), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] All That Lounge
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 5046719442 (Australia)     Rel. Year: 2005     Volumes: 3
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Master Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 Master It's A Most Unusual Day (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge Presents: The Jazz Singers
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50510 110710 2 7 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 2005
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Don Sebesky (arr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Kenny Rupp, Ray Winslow (tb), Charlie Sanders (b), Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Music For A Bachelorette Pad
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50467 82702 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 2005
03:19 12/11/1961 5857 Master Free Spirits (Norman Mapp)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 Master I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults, Volume 2
Artist: Various
Format: audiophile LP/CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50504 674873 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 2005     Volumes: 2
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 Master They All Laughed (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free, John Lewis (p), Connie Kay, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
In the LP format, the full catalogue number of this issue is 50504 674873 1 4. In the CD format, it is 50504 674873 2 1. The first volume of Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults was released in 2003.


Title: [Various Artists] A Lifetime Of Romance
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: COLUMBIA©Sony BMG     Cat. Num.: WSMCD 228     Rel. Year: 2005     Volumes: 3
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Women In Love, #2
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Nova Public Domain     Cat. Num.: 3107892 (France)     Rel. Year: 2005
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 Master The Lady Sings the Blues (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg (f, as), Phil Bodner (f, ts, enh), Fred Klein (enh), Jim Buffington (frh), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Hank Jones (p), Sol Gubin (vib, bel), Osie Johnson (d), Tony Bambino, Linda Barnett, Max Cahn, Mac Ceppos, Arnold Eidus, Felix Giglio, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Montagu, Gene Orloff (vn), Henry Pakaln, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Sidney Edwards (vc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Collectables Licensed     Cat. Num.: COL 0403     Rel. Year: 2006     Volumes: 4
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 Master I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Master Something To Live For (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Master Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)
03:50 01/23/1956 1853 Master Where Are You? (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874-stereo Master You Make Me Feel So Young (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:49 01/23/1956 1855 Master Every Time (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Master Way Out There (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 Master My April Heart (Buddy Goodman, George Wallington)
02:08 01/23/1956 1856 Master Almost Like Being In Love (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Master Anything Goes (Cole Porter)
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Master Circus (Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Master Flying Home (Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
03:46 06/05/1956 2009 Master High On A Windy Hill (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)
03:57 06/05/1956 2006 Master 'Round About (Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash)
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Master Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
03:50 06/06/1956 2013 Master You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
03:46 06/06/1956 2010 Master Why Can't I? (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
03:11 06/06/1956 2011 Master Suddenly It's Spring (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:43 08/07/1956 2076 Master About The Blues (Arthur Hamilton)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Master Oh! You Crazy Moon (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 Master But Not For Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:30 08/07/1956 2073 Master Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
04:13 08/07/1956 2075 Master I Wonder What Became Of Me (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
03:53 08/07/1956 2074 Master Thursday's Child (Elisse Boyd, Murray Grand)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Master Jump For Joy (Duke Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster)
03:18 04/30/1962 6188 Master Night Bird (Al Cohn, Kitty Malone)
03:21 04/09/1962 6094 Master Milano (Margo Guryan, John Lewis)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Master Opportunity, Please Knock (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:02 04/30/1962 6189 Master Daydream (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, John Latouche)
02:27 04/30/1962 6187 Master Things Are Swingin' (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
03:53 04/30/1962 6186 Master Kansas City (Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Master Lonely Woman (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 Master I'm Gonna Go Fishin' (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:01 04/09/1962 6096 Master God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.)
03:19 12/11/1961 5857 Master Free Spirits (Norman Mapp)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 Master I Miss You So (Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Master Go 'Way From My Window (John Jacob Niles)
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Master Trust In Me (Milton Ager, Ned Wever, Jean Schwartz)
02:38 02/15/1956 1879 Master Past The Age Of Innocence (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Master Time Out For Tears (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 Master I Love You, Yes I Do (Henry Glover, Sally Nix, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler, Guy Wood)
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 Master My Heart Is So Full Of You (Frank Loesser)
02:24 02/15/1956 1881 Master My Ideal (Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard Whiting)
02:50 10/16/1956 2160 Master Mixed Emotions (Stuart Louchheim)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 Master They All Laughed (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:34 02/15/1956 1880 Master Speak Low (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill)
02:37 07/28/1956 2065 Master Radar Blues (Harry Revel)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Master Witchcraft (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      09/21/1959 3775 Master I'll Never Be Free (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 Master The Lady Sings the Blues (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Master Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:15 10/05/1959 3820 Master When Sunny Gets Blue (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal)
02:34 09/21/1959 3776 Master How Little We Know (How Little It Matters) (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 Master I Hear The Music Now (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:28 10/05/1959 3819 Master Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Master Just In Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
02:40 09/14/1959 3765 Master Like A Woman (Frank Loesser)
04:13 10/05/1959 3818 Master Skyscraper Blues (Tom Adair, Jenkins)
03:44 09/14/1959 3766 Master You Don't Know What Love Is (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
02:09 09/13/1959 3447 Concert Taping Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:10 09/13/1959 3448 Concert Taping Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:19 09/13/1959 3449 Concert Taping Señor Blues (Horace Silver)
03:17 09/13/1959 3450 Concert Taping Lover, Come Back To Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
03:38 09/13/1959 3462 Concert Taping Angel Eyes (Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis)
02:48 09/13/1959 3452 Concert Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
02:46 09/13/1959 3453 Concert Taping Poor Little Rich Girl (Noel Coward)
03:49 09/13/1959 3454 Concert Taping 'Round Midnight (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:18 09/13/1959 3458 Concert Taping Fine And Dandy (Paul James, Kay Swift)
02:49 09/13/1959 3459 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
03:23 09/13/1959 3460 Concert Taping It Don't Mean A Thing (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
02:35 09/13/1959 3461 Concert Taping Chinatown My Chinatown (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 Master A Foggy Day (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Master Summertime (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 Master They Can't Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Master Slap That Bass (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 Master I Was Doing All Right (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Master Love Walked In (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Master Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 Master I Loves You Porgy (Dubose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 Master For You, For Me, For Evermore (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 Master (Our) Love Is Here To Stay (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), Al Cohn (arr, con, ts), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, enh), Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz, Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Bernie Glow, Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Nick Travis (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Frank Rehak, Jim Thompson, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (enh), Jim Buffington (frh), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Eddie de Haas, George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball, Hank Jones, John Lewis, Bill Rubenstein, Moe Wechsler (p), Sol Gubin (vib, d, bel), Milt Jackson (vib), Dave Bailey, Ronnie Free, Lex Humpries, Osie Johnson, Connie Kay, Don Lamond, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), Tony Bambino, Linda Barnett, Max Cahn, Mac Ceppos, Arnold Eidus, Felix Giglio, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, David Montagu, Gene Orloff (vn), Henry Pakaln, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Sidney Edwards (vc), Chris Connor (v), unidentified (spk)

NOTES:
This crass-looking box (loud colors, big letters) contains a grand total of 83 tracks (82 vocals + the intro to the album Chris In Person). This set bundles together in one package all but one of the CDs by Chris Connor that the Collectables label had previously released: Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (first disc of the boxed set, 24-track total; includes two bonus tracks but misses two tracks from one of the original LPs), Free Spirits (second disc of the boxed set, 11-track total), I Miss You So / Witchcraft (third disc of the boxed set, 24-track total), Chris In Person / Chris Sings George Gershwin (fourth disc of the boxed set, 24-track total).

Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café is the other Connor album which Collectables had previously reissued but which did not include in this box, for reasons unknown. (Since Sad Café had been twofered with a non-Connor album, it would not be surprising to learn one day that the makers of the box didn't realize that this album was also already available to them.) Notice that the box's second CD contains just 11 tracks; the 9 tracks from Ballads Of The Sad Café would have been a suitable addition.


Title: All About Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: FiveFour/Cherry Red Public Domain      Cat. Num.: 13     Rel. Year: 2006
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Yet another compilation of Chris Connor's Bethlehem recordings, now on the Public Domain in Europe.


Title: Chris Connor At The Village Gate
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: FM©EMI     Cat. Num.: 0946-3-71346-2-7     Rel. Year: 2006
02:03 1963 Concert Taping A Lot Of Livin' To Do (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Concert Taping Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Concert Taping Something's Coming (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 Concert Taping You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Concert Taping Old Devil Moon (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 Concert Taping I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Concert Taping Black Coffee (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Concert Taping Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Concert Taping Only The Lonely (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Concert Taping Ten Cents A Dance (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Official domestic reissue of the 1963 album that bears the same title.


Title: Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: JVC©Victor's Think     Cat. Num.: THCD-036/441555 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2006
02:56 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)
04:54 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master 'Round Midnight (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
03:40 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Cry Me A River (Arthur Hamilton)
04:04 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Misty (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:46 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:50 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master The Fool On The Hill (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:04 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master I've Gotta Be Me (Walter Marks)
02:26 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master What The World Needs Now Is Love (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
02:53 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
03:02 January 28 & 29, 1969 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), George Otsuka Trio (acc), Shungo Sawada (g), Takashi Mizuhashi (b), Hideo Ichikawa (p), George Otsuka (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
First digital reissue of the previously very rare (and, in all honesty, not very good) 1969 album that bears the same title. The CD edition touts itself as having used "20bit K2 super coding mastering."


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: All Nite Long
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50510 110711 2 6 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 2006
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Master Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Mundell Lowe (g), Percy Heath (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Night Dreaming Jazz {Tracks Selected By Choiwaru}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Polydor     Cat. Num.: 639913 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2006
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Master Circus (Bob Russell, Louis Alter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] After Midnight ("Crooners Lounge, Music Of Your Life" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: BCI Eclipse Public Domain     Cat. Num.: 41246     Rel. Year: 2006
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Master Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Love Songs For Cool Valentines
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed     Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Plscd 782     Rel. Year: 2006
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Cole Porter Songbook ("Crooners Lounge, Music Of Your Life" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: BCI Eclipse Public Domain     Cat. Num.: 41244     Rel. Year: 2006
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Very Best Of George Gershwin Songbook
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Disconforme's Definitive Public Domain     Cat. Num.: DRCD 7714 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 2006
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Stan Free (arr, p), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Milt Jackson (vib), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] 100 Jazz Greats
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Weton-Wesgram's Cheap 'o' Lata Public Domain     Cat. Num.: Lata 563 (Europe)     Rel. Year: 2006     Volumes: 5
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor: Her Complete Bethlehem Recordings
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Fresh Sound Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: FSR-CD 454-2 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 2007     Volumes: 2
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man) (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme) (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Marvin Fisher, Jack Val)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ask Me (Woody Hinderling, Mike Pollard)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Master Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Master Ev'rything I Love (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Master Indian Summer (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 Master What Is There To Say? (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 Master I Hear Music (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Master Come Back To Sorrento (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Master Why Shouldn't I? (Cole Porter)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Master Try A Little Tenderness (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 Master All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Master Spring Is Here (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
02:54 August 21,1954 Master Out Of This World (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
02:53 August 21,1954 Master Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)
02:37 August 21,1954 Master A Cottage For Sale (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:32 August 21,1954 Master Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
02:26 August 21,1954 Master Stella By Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Master Gone With The Wind (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
02:42 August 21,1954 Master He's Coming Home (Charles DeForest)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Blame It On My Youth (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Ridin' High (Cole Porter)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master It's All Right With Me (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Fred Patrick, Claude Reese, Jack Val)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Master Trouble Is A Man (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date Master All This And Heaven Too (Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date Master From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date Master The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Master Someone To Watch Over Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date Master I Concentrate On You (Cole Porter)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Master Don't Wait Up For Me (Charles DeForest)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date Master A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)


Title: [Various Artists] Hot Stuff From Brazil
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Jazz Door Collectors' Label     Cat. Num.: 12151 (Italy)     Rel. Year: 2007
02:54 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Day In - Day Out (Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer)
02:27 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Hallelujah, I Love Him So (Ray Charles)
05:09 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)
03:43 07/16/1961 Concert Taping From This Moment On (Cole Porter)
02:10 07/16/1961 Concert Taping Blow, Gabriel, Blow (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the various-artists album At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America (originally released by the German label Westwind, first on LP in 1988, then on CD in 1995).


Title: [Various Artists] The Essential Jazz Collection
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: Emporio Public Domain     Cat. Num.: Emtbx 366 (United Kingdom)     Rel. Year: 2007     Volumes: 3
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Master Blue Silhouette (Murray Semos, Jack Val, Jimmy Dale)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Ultimate Jazz
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: JVC     Cat. Num.: 61419/64120 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2007     Volumes: 2
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Master Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 9 & 10}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 54465     Rel. Year: 2007
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 Concert Taping I'll Remember April (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 11 & 12}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 54466     Rel. Year: 2007
02:41 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
03:51 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping I'll Remember April (Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 13 & 14}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 54467     Rel. Year: 2007
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
02:14 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 38 & 39}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 54365     Rel. Year: 2007
      03/17/1953 Concert Taping Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 40 & 41}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 54366     Rel. Year: 2007
03:08 04/14/1953 Concert Taping All About Ronnie (Joe Greene)
02:18 04/14/1953 Concert Taping Love Me Or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
      04/21/1953 Concert Taping Everything Happens To Me (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 42 & 43}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 54367     Rel. Year: 2007
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping Taking A Chance On Love (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John Latouche)
02:53 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Concert Taping If I Should Lose You (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 44 & 45}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: Vintage Radio Classics Collectors' Label      Cat. Num.: 54368     Rel. Y