The Chris Connor Bio-Discography:
Atlantic Period

by Iván Santiago Mercado

Page generated on Jun 17, 2017


Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor At Atlantic Records (1956-1962)

All the sessions that Chris Connor held at Atlantic Records are listed in this page, the sole exception being her set of Chris In Person dates. (Those can instead be found in the page for Concert, Radio And Television, September 13, 1959.) Notice also that the present page incorporates Connor's 1961 sessions for one non-Atlantic album: Two's Company (1961), released on Roulette as part of a special deal with Atlantic.

For an overview of Connor's Atlantic period (the richest in her artistic career), see note at the bottom of the page. (As for the blue arrowheads which can be periodically seen through the page, click on them if you want to check a longer list of albums containing any given performance.)


Date: January 19, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 1835Master My April Heart - 2:45(Buddy Goodman, George Wallington)
ATLANTIC EP577 — Chris Connor   (1956)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
b. 1836Master When The Wind Was Green - 3:27(Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c. 1837Master He Was Too Good To Me - 3:45(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
ATLANTIC EP577 — Chris Connor   (1956)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
d. 1838Master Something To Live For - 3:16(Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
ATLANTIC LP82308 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1987)
ATLANTIC CS/CD81817 4/2 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1991)
Rhino Licensed CS/CDR4/R2 -71507 — [Various Artists] Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: Great American Songwriters Series, Volume 5   (1993)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
ATLANTIC©WEA International CD80769 ((United Kingdom) — Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2000)
Avid Public Domain CDAMSC 1089 (United Kingdom) — Four Classic Albums Plus   (2013)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)

Issues / Collectors' Corner

1. Chris Connor [LP]
I have read various fan reports which claim that the mono and stereo versions of Atlantic LP #1228 feature different takes. The claim is accurate in the case of at least one song ("Get Out Of Town"; see session dated February 8, 1956.) Listeners acquainted with both the mono and stereo versions of the album are encouraged to contact me at ivansantiagomercado@earthlink.net , if they believe that any of the other 11 songs was isssued in multiple takes.

2. Chris Connor [CD]
Some listeners of Atlantic CD #80769 have expressed dissatisfaction with the disc's sound quality, which reminds them of electronically channelled stereo.

3. Chris Connor [EP]
This EP features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.

4. Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [CD]
Collectables 6239, a twofer CD, has dropped two songs from its reissue of Atlantic original LP 1228. Time constraints was the reason given for such deletions: the combined two LPs run longer than the timing alloted in standard CDs. As compensation, Collectables added two shorter songs or bonus tracks. (For details about those two tracks, see sessions dated April 29, 1958 and July 31, 1958.)

5. The Best Of Chris Connor
An album scheduled to be released but ultimately canceled in the United States. For further specifics, see notes under session dated September 6, 1959. And for other worthwhile Atlantic compilations of Connor material, see next point (#6).

6. Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years
The 40 tracks in this extensive anthology were chosen by Chris Connor and by co-producer and liner annotator Will Friedwald. According to 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 in Warm Cool: photos (of the singer, of her albums for Atlantic), a long essay by Friedwald and, for most tracks, 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 tell, 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.)


Date: January 23, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Barry Galbraith (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), John Lewis (p), Connie Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 1853Master Where Are You? - 3:50(Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson)
b. 1854Master I Get A Kick Out Of You - 1:53(Cole Porter)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC LP82308 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1987)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
c. 1855Master Every Time - 3:49(Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
d. 1856Master Almost Like Being In Love - 2:08(Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
ATLANTIC©WEA International CD80769 ((United Kingdom) — Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2000)



Date: February 8, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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)

a. 1874-stereoMaster You Make Me Feel So Young - 2:50(Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
ATLANTIC LP1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
ATLANTIC EP577 — Chris Connor   (1956)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
b. 1874-monoMaster You Make Me Feel So Young - 2:49(Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
ATLANTIC LP1228 — Chris Connor   (1956)
c. 1875Master Anything Goes - 2:15(Cole Porter)
ATLANTIC LP1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
d. 1876Master Way Out There - 2:31(George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
ATLANTIC LP1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
ATLANTIC EP577 — Chris Connor   (1956)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
e. 1877-stereoMaster Get Out Of Town - 3:07(Cole Porter)
ATLANTIC LPSD-1228 — Chris Connor   (1958)
Smithsonian Licensed CDRD 047 A4 22481-22485 — [Various Artists] From This Moment On: The Songs Of Cole Porter   (1994)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
ATLANTIC©WEA International CD80769 ((United Kingdom) — Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2000)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
f. 1877-monoMaster Get Out Of Town - 3:00(Cole Porter)
ATLANTIC LP1228 — Chris Connor   (1956)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Avid Public Domain CDAMSC 1089 (United Kingdom) — Four Classic Albums Plus   (2013)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)

Songs / Collectors' Corner

1. "Get Out Of Town"
The stereo version of the LP Chris Connor contains an alternate take of "Get Out Of Town." Thanks to a variant reading of the line "why wish me harm?," this alternate is easy to differentiate from the mono take. Only in the stereo version does Connor modify the original, official line, singing instead "why do you wish me harm?" This modification takes place during her second run-through of the refrain (not during the first run-through, which remains faithful to Porter's original wording).

Listeners acquainted with both the mono and stereo versions of the album are encouraged to contact me at ivansantiagomercado@earthlink.net , if they believe that any of the other 11 songs was issued in multiple takes. "You Make Me Feel So Young" is a prime suspect.


Issues

1. Chris Connor [LP] In Stereo
A November 10, 1958 review of Atlantic LP SD-1228 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."

2. Chris Connor On Cassette?
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 of the existence of this item. (And was it a cassette or maybe a reel-to-reel tape?)


Date: February 15, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 1878Master Go 'Way From My Window - 2:51(John Jacob Niles) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC 451097 — {Past The Age Of Innocence / Go 'Way From My Window}   (1956)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
b. 1879Master Past The Age Of Innocence - 2:38(Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC 451097 — {Past The Age Of Innocence / Go 'Way From My Window}   (1956)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
c. 1880Master Speak Low - 2:34(Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill) / arr: Ray Ellis
d. 1881Master My Ideal - 2:24(Newell Chase, Leo Robin, Richard Whiting) / arr: Ray Ellis
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8014 — I Miss You So   (1957)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)

Issues And Masters

1. Chris Connor
2. "Speak Low"
3. "My Ideal"
The first two numbers from this session are ephemeral ditties, obviously recorded for release on a commercial 45 rpm. The last two numbers are, on the other hand, standards. The reason for this odd mixture is unknown, although it can certainly be speculated. Since this session was held just one week after the last of the sessions for the LP Chris Connor, it is possible that "My Ideal" and "Speak Low" were conceived as alternative album material, to be included in that album only if any of the other 12 masters were deemed unsatisfactory.

4. I Miss You So [LP]
This is the earliest of two vinyl albums in which Connor's Atlantic singles are compiled. For details about the second compilation (Misty), see notes under session dated April 29, 1958.

The songs in I Miss You So were taken from the following singles 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)

There is also a twelfth song ("They All Laughed"), which is not from a singles session. Instead, this 4/24/57 master was recorded as part of the sessions for the album Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song, but ultimately left out of the LP set. (It was included, however, in the CD version of the Almanac, as a bonus track.)


Date: June 5, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 2006Master 'Round About - 3:57(Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash) / arr: Ralph Burns
ATLANTIC LP1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Avid Public Domain CDAMSC 1089 (United Kingdom) — Four Classic Albums Plus   (2013)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)
b. 2007Master But Not For Me - 3:50(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Burns
ATLANTIC LP1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
Rhino Licensed CDR2-71503 — [Various Artists] George & Ira Gershwin: Great American Songwriters Series   (1993)
c. 2007-unknownAlternate Take But Not For Me - 3:53(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Burns
unissued
d. 2008Master Oh! You Crazy Moon - 3:43(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) / arr: Ralph Burns
ATLANTIC LP1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
e. 2009Master High On A Windy Hill - 3:46(Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer) / arr: Ralph Burns
ATLANTIC LP1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)



Date: June 6, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 2010Master Why Can't I? - 3:46(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Ralph Burns
b. 2011Master Suddenly It's Spring - 3:11(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Ralph Burns
Smithsonian Licensed CDAD048-18 A24155 — [Various Artists] James Van Heusen: The Smithsonian American Songbook Series   (1996)
c. 2012Master Angel Eyes - 3:42(Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis) / arr: Ralph Burns
Smithsonian Licensed CS/CDRD 113 RJ 0041 / 0040 — [Various Artists] The Jazz Singers   (1998)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
Shout Factory Licensed CDDK 30276 — [Various Artists] Good Morning Heartache   (2004)
d. 2013Master You Stepped Out Of A Dream - 3:50(Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn) / arr: Ralph Burns
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Avid Public Domain CDAMSC 1089 (United Kingdom) — Four Classic Albums Plus   (2013)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)



Date: July 28, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 2063Master My Heart Is So Full Of You - 2:19(Frank Loesser) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC 451105 — {I Miss You So / My Heart Is So Full Of You}   (1956)
ATLANTIC EP580 — Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)   (1957)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
b. 2064Master I Miss You So - 2:30(Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott, Sid Robin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC 451105 — {I Miss You So / My Heart Is So Full Of You}   (1956)
ATLANTIC EP580 — Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
c. 2065Master Radar Blues - 2:37(Harry Revel) / arr: Ray Ellis
Rhino Licensed CD79936 — [Various Artists] Brain In A Box: Science Fiction Collection   (2000)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8014 — I Miss You So   (1957)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)



Date: August 7, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 2073Master Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - 3:30(Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) / arr: Ralph Burns
b. 2074Master Thursday's Child - 3:53(Elisse Boyd, Murray Grand) / arr: Ralph Burns
c. 2075Master I Wonder What Became Of Me - 4:13(Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) / arr: Ralph Burns
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
d. 2076Master About The Blues - 3:43(Arthur Hamilton) / arr: Ralph Burns
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)



Date: October 16, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 2158Master Time Out For Tears - 2:42(Abe Schiff, Irving Berman) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC 451121 — {Time Out For Tears / I Love You, Yes I Do}   (1957)
ATLANTIC EP580 — Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)   (1957)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b. 2159Master Trust In Me - 2:16(Milton Ager, Ned Wever, Jean Schwartz) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC 451138 — {Trust In Me / Mixed Emotions}   (1957)
Rhino Licensed CD74255 — [Various Artists] Cosmic Grooves: Taurus   (2001)
c. 2160Master Mixed Emotions - 2:50(Stuart Louchheim) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC 451138 — {Trust In Me / Mixed Emotions}   (1957)
d. 2161Master I Love You, Yes I Do - 2:38(Henry Glover, Sally Nix, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler, Guy Wood) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC 451121 — {Time Out For Tears / I Love You, Yes I Do}   (1957)
ATLANTIC EP580 — Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)   (1957)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8014 — I Miss You So   (1957)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)

Collectors' Corner

1. I Miss You So [EP]
This EP is identified as I Miss You So in some sources, as Chris Connor in other sources. Its front cover is different from the LP counterpart. The LP features a photo of two couples by some trees, one of them 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).


Date: November 16, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 2204Master Poor Little Rich Girl - 3:52(Noel Coward) / arr: Ralph Sharon
USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service vinyl radio transcriptionProgram No. 85 — Manhattan Melodies   (1958)
Atlantic's Metronome Belter EP(Spain) 50.304 — Chris Connor   (1960)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
ATLANTIC©Warner CD5046719442 (Australia) — [Various Artists] All That Lounge   (2005)
b. 2205Master Everything I've Got - 3:20(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP615 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
Atlantic's Metronome Belter EP(Spain) 50.304 — Chris Connor   (1960)
c. 2206Master All I Need Is You - 3:28(Benny Davis, Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish) / arr: Ralph Sharon
d. 2207Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You - 3:48(Irving Berlin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP615 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1286 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
Rhino Licensed CDR2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)

Songs & Songwriters

1. "Everything I've Got"
This session's version of "Everything I've Got" combines Rodgers & Hart's original lyrics with newly written ones, probably penned by Ralph Sharon.


Personnel

1. Eddie Costa
In the back cover of the LP A Jazz Date With Chris Connor, pianist and vibraphonist Eddie Costa is quoted as follows: "One of my first record dates in New York was as a sideman on a Chris Connor date. I played piano on that particular occasion. She has certainly come a long way since then and it's a pleasure to see how she has developed into an artist with a style and sound all her own." Connor is not known to have done any earlier studio dates featuring Costa on piano. However, early in her solo career, she did do concert work with Costa at the Birdland nightclub, and one or more of the sets were broadcast over the NBC radio network. Costa might have thus been referring to such work, for which NBC's engineers were present, with equipment for remote broadcasting. Additional details can be found here (September 24, 1954).


Issues

1. A Jazz Date With Chris Connor [LP]
Curiously, Connor's late 1956 sessions were left unissued until 1958, when Atlantic finally issued A Jazz Date With Chris Connor.


Collectors' Corner

1. A Jazz Date With Chris Connor [EP]
This EP features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.


Date: December 17, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 2243Master Lonely Town - 4:19(Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) / arr: Ralph Sharon
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b. 2244Master Fancy Free - 2:15(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ralph Sharon
USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service vinyl radio transcriptionProgram No. 85 — Manhattan Melodies   (1958)
c. 2245Master Moon Ray - 3:12(Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison, Artie Shaw) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP615 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
USA Government's Air Force Recruitment Service vinyl radio transcriptionProgram No. 85 — Manhattan Melodies   (1958)
Rhino Licensed CD72966 — [Various Artists] Jazz Vocal Classics (Atlantic Series)    (1998)
Rhino Licensed CS/CD79897 — [Various Artists] Nighttime Jazz (Flashback Series)   (2003)
Wea Licensed CD74316 — [Various Artists] Best Of Jazz Vocals ("Flashback" Series)   (2003)
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d. 2246Master Driftwood - 2:24(Peter Udel, Tommy Goodman) / arr: Ralph Sharon
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1286 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
Rhino Licensed CDR2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)

Issues

1. Manhattan Melodies (Program No. 85) [ET]
Manhattan Melodies was one of various music shows created by the Air Force for recruitment purposes. Such radio shows were broadcast on radio stations across the nation, which received the shows in the form of transcription discs (or, later on, LPs). Each disc featured two 15-minute programs, one per side. Chris Connor guested on program no. 85. She exchanges a few perfunctory words with host Tom Wright, who plays three numbers from the Jazz Date With Chris Connor album, two of them ("Moon Ray," "Fancy Free") recorded at this session and the other one ("Poor Little Rich Girl") at the preceding date. The dating of program no. 85 can be gleaned from one of Connor's commentaries during this Air Force show: she calculates that the Atlantic album had been released three or four months earlier.

My thanks to Eddie Styles for his very kind assistance with the research of this album, and for alerting me to the fact that the program can be heard online, here. For commentary about other Manhattan Melodies programs featuring Chris Connor, see the session dated "circa 1960" in this discography's Concerts, Radio And Television page.


Date: December 19, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Oscar Pettiford (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

a. 2278Master My Shining Hour - 3:12(Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) / arr: Ralph Sharon
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b. 2279Master Just Squeeze Me - 4:15(Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines) / arr: Ralph Sharon
Atlantic's Metronome Belter EP(Spain) 50.304 — Chris Connor   (1960)
c. 2280Master I'm Shooting High - 2:32(Jimmy McHugh, Ted Koehler) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP615 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
Atlantic's Metronome Belter EP(Spain) 50.304 — Chris Connor   (1960)
d. 2281Master It's A Most Unusual Day - 2:55(Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC©Warner CD5046719442 (Australia) — [Various Artists] All That Lounge   (2005)
ATLANTIC©WEA LPOP 1503 (United Kingdom) — [Various Artists] It's A Most Unusual Day [Prepared For Members Of Avon's Presidents Club)   
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1286 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
Rhino Licensed CDR2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Real Gone Jazz Public Domain CDRgjcd 483 (United Kingdom) — Eight Classic Albums   (2015)

Personnel

1. Lucky Thompson
2. Al Cohn
Lucky Thompson plays the second tenor saxophone solo on "I'm Shooting High." On "My Shining Hour" and "Just Squeeze Me," Al Cohn plays obbligati behind the singer. Cohn plays most of the other tenor saxophone solos in this session.


Date: January 31, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

a. 2320Master Who Cares(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
b. 2321Rejected Take Looking For A Boy(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
c. 2322Rejected Take Liza(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn) / arr: Ralph Sharon
All titles unissued.

Songs (Cross-references)

1. Re-recordings
For the re-recordings of "Liza" and "Looking For A Boy" that were issued in the album Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, see next session (February 1, 1957).


Date: February 1, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

a. 2323Master Of Thee I Sing - 1:26(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
b. 2324Master Strike Up The Band - 2:31(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c. 2325Master I've Got A Crush On You - 2:15(Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP593 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
d. 2326Master Soon - 2:00(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP595 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
e. 2327Master Liza - 2:38(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
f. 2328Master Looking For A Boy - 3:02(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP594 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
g. 2329Master I Got Rhythm - 1:45(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
ATLANTIC (10") LPMJ-4010 (Japan) — Chris Connor Highlights   
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302173859 (Greece) — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)

Issues And Masters

1. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song [LP]
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 seems to have been issued in monophonic 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 songs, 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' opus Porgy and Bess, some by solo acts, some by the rosters of the record companies. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song actually includes a three-song medley from the show; see session dated February 26, 1957.)

2. 1. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volumes 1 And 2 [LPs]
Although these two LPs 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. Notice that, unlike the original 1957 issue, these volumes are listed as having come out in stereophonic.

In 2009, both volumes were (re?)issued in MP3 format by the British budget label Hallmark. (If interested, do bear in mind that many of Hallmark's releases leave a lot to be desired, from an aural standpoint. This problem has been especially notorious in CDs that the label released during the first decade of the twenty-first century.

3. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song [CD]
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.)


Date: February 7, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Herbie Mann (f), Barry Galbraith (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Ralph Sharon (p, cel), Ronnie Free (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 2334Master I've Got Beginner's Luck - 2:09(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
b. 2335Master Slap That Bass - 1:58(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC's Clarion LP611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
c. 2336Master For You, For Me, For Evermore - 3:35(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC's Clarion LP611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
d. 2337Master Love Is Sweeping The Country - 2:54(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP596 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)   (1957)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302173859 (Greece) — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)



Date: February 26, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 2384Master The Man I Love - 2:35(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP595 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
b. 2385Master 'S Wonderful - 2:24(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP596 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c. 2386Master A Foggy Day - 3:16(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC's Clarion LP611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
Smithsonian Licensed CDRD 048-2 — [Various Artists] George Gershwin: American Songbook Series   (1992)
d. 2387Master Summertime - 2:36(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC EP594 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
e. 2388Master There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York - 1:41(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
f. 2389Master I Loves You Porgy - 2:58(Dubose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC's Clarion LP611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302173859 (Greece) — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)

Songs, Personnel, Issues And Collectors' Corner

1. "Porgy And Bess Medley"
2. Parlando
3. Osie Johnson
"Summertime," "There's A Boat Dat's Leaving Soon For New York," and "I Loves You Porgy" are performed together, as a three-song medley. These songs are from Gershwin's folk opera Porgy And Bess, in which these number are sung by different characters.

A speaking voice serves as a segueway between the lullaby "Summertime" and the livelier number "There's A Boat Dat's Leaving Soon For New York" (which in the folk opera is sung by the roguish, impish villain Sportin' Life). The voice, clearly belonging to a male, says "Hey Baby, we ain't got time for lullabies; dere's a boat that's leaving for New York." My thanks t Steve Albin for alerting me to this parlando bit.) Atlantic's session report does not reveal the name of the member of the personnel who utters this phrase. There is n revelation in the liner notes of Connor's album, either. Drummer Osie Johnson is the strongest candidate.

No segueway is supplied between "There's A Boat Dat's Leaving Soon For New York" and "I Loves You Porgy."

4. "Summertime"
5. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song [CD]
During her stay at Atlantic Records, Connor recorded "Summertime" twice. Unlike this session's lullaby version, which is part of a medley, the second version was performed all by itself, sung in its entirety, and taken at a faster clip. For further details, see session dated January 23, 1961.

The CD Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song contains both versions of "Summertime": the one recorded for this session as part of a medley, and the one recorded on January 23, 1961, which is included as a bonus track.

6. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac On EP
Atlantic issued four EPs whose songs were culled from Connor's Gershwin sessions. With the exception of the shared title, label and artist's name, there is no similarity between the front cover of the LP Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song and the front covers of this quartet of EPs. On the contrary, they are quite different: whereas the LP features a photo of the singer, the EPs have no photos and no other type of artwork. Each is basically a blank canvas, filled with a monochromatic color: black (EP #593), green (EP #594), blue (EP #595), and red (EP #596). My thanks to Donald Martin for his kind and extensive help during the process of researching the EPs.


Date: March 12, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Ralph Sharon (p, cel), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 2418Master (Our) Love Is Here To Stay(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
unissued
b. 2419Master Nice Work If You Can Get It - 1:19(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC EP595 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
c. 2420Master Blah Blah Blah - 2:54(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC EP593 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302173859 (Greece) — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
d. 2421Master They Can't Take That Away From Me - 2:10(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)

Personnel

1. Peanuts Hucko
2. Sam Most
Clarinet obbligatos by Peanuts Hucko on "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and by Sam Most on "They Can't Take That Away From Me."


Date: March 26, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), Wendell Marshall (b), Hank Jones (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 2422Master Clap Yo' Hands - 2:26(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC EP594 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
b. 2423Master Little Jazz Bird - 3:08(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c. 2424Master I Was Doing All Right - 2:15(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC EP593 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC's Clarion LP611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
d. 2425Master My One And Only - 2:39(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC EP596 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302173859 (Greece) — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)

Personnel

1. Jimmy Cleveland
All trombones solos in this session are by Jimmy Cleveland.


Date: April 24, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), 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)

a. 2482Master That Certain Feeling - 2:12(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC EP596 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
b. 2483Master Fascinating Rhythm - 2:34(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
c. 2484Master (Our) Love Is Here To Stay - 3:16(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC's Clarion LP611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7049 (Japan) — Many Sides Of Chris Connor   
d. 2485Master They All Laughed - 2:15(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
ATLANTIC LP8014 — I Miss You So   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP82308 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1987)
ATLANTIC CS/CD81817 4/2 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1991)
All titles on: ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302173859 (Greece) — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)

Dating, Masters & Issues

1. Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song [CD]
2. "They All Laughed"
The recording date that the booklet of Atlantic CD 601-2 gives to "They All Laughed" (master #2485) is wrong. The correct date is this one (April 24, 1957). The CD incorrectly assigns the master to Connor's September 13, 1959 session.

The CD correctly classifies "They All Laughed" as a bonus track. Though the number was recorded as part of these Gershwin sessions, it was left out of the original Almanac LP. Atlantic first released it in the LP I Miss You So, which is actually a compilation of her singles. (The inclusion suggests that Atlantic might have originally planned to release "They All Laughed" as a single.)

Another factual error in the information supplied by Atlantic CD 601-2 pertains to a song not from this session -- "Strike Up The Band", master 3447, recorded September 13, 1959. For specifics, see that date in the Concert, Radio And Television page.


Date: May 1, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Stan Free (p), Milt Jackson (vib), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 2516Master How Long Has This Been Going On? - 4:00(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Stan Free
ATLANTIC EP595 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
Disconforme's Definitive Public Domain CDDRCD 11269 (Spain) — [Various Artists] George Gershwin   (2004)
Disconforme's Definitive Public Domain CDDRCD 7714 (Spain) — [Various Artists] The Very Best Of George Gershwin Songbook    (2006)
b. 2517Master I Can't Be Bothered Now - 1:48(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Stan Free
ATLANTIC EP594 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
c. 2518Master Love Walked In - 2:58(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Stan Free
ATLANTIC LP1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC's Clarion LP611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
d. 2519Master Somebody Loves Me - 2:22(Buddy G. DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald) / arr: Stan Free
ATLANTIC EP593 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7049 (Japan) — Many Sides Of Chris Connor   
Versailles Licensed EPF - 90 S 216 — Chris Connor Chante George Gershwin   
ATLANTIC (10") LPMJ-4010 (Japan) — Chris Connor Highlights   
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
e. 2520Master Embraceable You - 2:33(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Stan Free
ATLANTIC LP1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
Versailles Licensed EPF - 90 S 216 — Chris Connor Chante George Gershwin   
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302173859 (Greece) — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)



Date: ca. March 13, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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)

a. 2998Master Here Lies Love - 3:38(Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
b. 2999Master The Night We Called It A Day - 3:22(Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
Chrome Dreams Public Domain CDCD8CD5056 — [Various Artists] The 100 Best Jazz Tunes Of The 1950s   (2011)
c. 3000Master Blow, Gabriel, Blow - 2:12(Cole Porter)
ATLANTIC©Warner CD50510 110711 2 6 (United Kingdom) — [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: All Nite Long   (2006)
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d. 3001Master Chinatown My Chinatown - 2:13(William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1290/SD-1290 — Chris Craft   (1958)
Rhino Licensed CDR2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
ATLANTIC©Warner CD812 276594 2 (UK/Australia) — Chris Craft (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2004)



Date: April 8, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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)

a. 3032Master Be My All - 4:24(Bart Howard)
b. 3033Master One Love Affair - 2:40(Bart Howard)
c. 3034Master Good For Nothin' (But Love) - 3:56(Ed DeLange, Jimmy Van Heusen)
d. 3035Master On The First Warm Day - 2:42(Bart Howard)
ATLANTIC EPunknown number — Chris Craft   (1958)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1290/SD-1290 — Chris Craft   (1958)
Rhino Licensed CDR2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
ATLANTIC©Warner CD812 276594 2 (UK/Australia) — Chris Craft (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2004)

Personnel

1. Al Epstein, Al Young
In the majority of my sources, this session's bass clarinet and English horn player is identified as Al Epstein. There are a few other sources that refer to him as Al Young, however. It seems that both monikers were used by this musician (best known for his playing of saxophone), with a preference for "Epstein." Herein I have chosen to coalesce the two alternatives into one, entering his name as Al {Young} Epstein.


Date: April 29, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

a. 3054Master Under Paris Skies - 2:39(Hubert Giraud, Kim Gannon, Jean Drejac)
ATLANTIC 451188 — {Under Paris Skies / Moon Ride}   (1958)
ATLANTIC CDAMCY 1059 (Japan) — I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
b. 3055Master Moon Ride - 2:45(Margo Guryan)
ATLANTIC 451188 — {Under Paris Skies / Moon Ride}   (1958)
ATLANTIC CDAMCY 1059 (Japan) — I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
c. 3056Master Long Hot Summer - 3:08(Sammy Cahn, Alex North)
d. 3057Master Circus - 2:02(Bob Russell, Louis Alter)
ATLANTIC 452017 — {Flying Home / Circus}   (1959)
ATLANTIC CDAMCY 1050 (Japan) — Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
ATLANTIC©Warner CDWPCR 27499 (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series)   (2013)

Issues

1. Misty
This Japanese release is one of two albums that compile Connor's pop singles for Atlantic Records. The other album is the 1958 US-released compilation, entitled I Miss You So. (Details about it can be found above, in the notes under the session dated February 15, 1956.)

Collectors might be happy to know that there is no duplication between the Misty and I Miss You So LPs . (Matters are a bit differently if we consider digital versions of those albums. The Japanese CD edition of I Miss You So contains four bonus tracks, of which three can also be found in Misty.)

Misty contains a total of 14 tracks, all of them recorded for singles sessions, except for "(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over," which is an outtake from an album session. (March 10, 1959.) The other 13 tracks were culled from the following 45 rpm sessions:

4/29/58 (all 4 session masters)
7/31/58 (2 of the session's 4 masters)
9/6/58 (2 of session's 4 masters; the other two never were released)
12/22/59 (all 3 session masters)
1/28/60 (2 of the sessions' 4 masters)

See also notes below, under the session dated January 28, 1960.


Date: May 23, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 3067Master Be A Clown - 3:03(Cole Porter)
b. 3068Master Moonlight In Vermont - 3:14(Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
ATLANTIC EPunknown number — Chris Craft   (1958)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
c. 3069Master Lover Man - 3:53(Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
ATLANTIC EPunknown number — Chris Craft   (1958)
d. 3070Master Johnny One Note - 2:00(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
ATLANTIC EPunknown number — Chris Craft   (1958)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1290/SD-1290 — Chris Craft   (1958)
Rhino Licensed CDR2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
ATLANTIC©Warner CD812 276594 2 (UK/Australia) — Chris Craft (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2004)



Date: July 31, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 3107Master Flying Home - 2:34(Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
ATLANTIC 452017 — {Flying Home / Circus}   (1959)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
b. 3108Master Hallelujah, I Love Him So - 2:26(Ray Charles)
ATLANTIC 451198 — {I Won't Cry Anymore / Hallelujah, I Love Him So}   (1958)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7049 (Japan) — Many Sides Of Chris Connor   
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
c. 3109Master I Won't Cry Anymore - 2:23(Fred Wise, Al Frisch)
ATLANTIC 451198 — {I Won't Cry Anymore / Hallelujah, I Love Him So}   (1958)
ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
ATLANTIC©Warner CDWPCR 27499 (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series)   (2013)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
d. 3110Master An Open Fire(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
unissued

Songs

1. "Flying Home"
ASCAP credits Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton with the original melody of "Flying Home;" Sid Robin is credited with the lyrics. The CD set Warm Cool wrongly adds Eddie DeLange to the credited songwriters.

The version sung by Chris Connor does not use Robin's seldom-heard lyrics. It uses instead special lyrics (and an arrangement) by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. According to Peter Stoller (a CD producer who is Mike's son), those lyrics had been originally written at the request of Harry Goodman (brother of Benny Goodman). The first artists to record them was Amos Milburn, in 1952.


Date: January 29, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (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)

a. 3338Master Bargain Day - 3:14(William Roy) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
b. 3339Master One For My Baby - 4:52(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ralph Sharon
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
c. 3340Master Good Morning, Heartache - 4:23(Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham) / arr: Ralph Sharon
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d. 3341Master Glad To Be Unhappy - 3:30(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Ralph Sharon
Rhino Licensed CS/CDR4/R2 -71505 — [Various Artists] Rodgers & Hart: Great American Songwriters Series, Volume 3   (1993)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
Hallmark Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)

Issues

Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
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.)


Date: March 10, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (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)

a. 3405-monoMaster These Foolish Things - 3:37(Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
b. 3405-stereoMaster These Foolish Things - 3:39(Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LPSD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
c. 3406Master (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over - 3:03(Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
ATLANTIC©Warner CDWPCR 27499 (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series)   (2013)
d. 3407Master The End Of A Love Affair - 3:48(Edward. C. Redding) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
Hallmark Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
e. 3408Master Something I Dreamed Last Night - 4:27(Jack Yellen, Herb Magidson, Sammy Fain) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
Hallmark Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)

Masters & Issues

1. "These Foolish Things"
2. Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
Different takes of "These Foolish Things" were used for the mono and stereo versions of the LP Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café. The most noticeable variation is the stereo version's omission of the word "oh" in the line "oh, how the ghost of you clings."

In search of 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 Japanese CD version (AMCY 1067) of this album, and the above-listed 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.)


Date: March 19, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (con), Bobby Jasper, Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Donald Byrd (t), Kenny Burrell (g), Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), William Exiner (d), Mac Ceppos, Leo Kruczek, Tosha Samaroff (vn), Chris Connor (v)

a. 3411Master Ballad of the Sad Café - 5:00(Charles DeForest) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
Hallmark Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
b. 3412Master I'm A Fool To Want You(Joel. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) / arr: Ralph Sharon
unissued
c. 3413Master Lilac Wine - 4:51(James H. Shelton) / arr: Ralph Sharon
ATLANTIC LP1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
Hallmark Public Domain CD(United Kingdom) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)



Date: September 6, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

a. 3655Master Señor Blues - 2:55(Horace Silver)
ATLANTIC 452037 — {Señor Blues / Misty}   (1959)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
b. 3656Master Misty - 2:32(Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
ATLANTIC 452037 — {Señor Blues / Misty}   (1959)
ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
ATLANTIC CDAMCY 1072 (Japan) — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
c. 3657Master Fine And Dandy(Paul James, Kay Swift)
unissued
d. 3658Master All About Ronnie - 3:10(Joe Greene)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)

Songs

1. "All About Ronnie"
For earlier studio versions of "All About Ronnie," see sessions dated April 8 & May 25, 1953, as well as April 9-11, 1954. In the page dedicated to Live, Radio & Television Dates, see also session dated September 13, 1959.


Issues

1.The Best Of Chris Connor [US Atlantic LP; Japan Atlantic CD]
Around 1963 (possibly after Connor had already left the label, or as she was about to), Atlantic Records scheduled the release of a compilation entitled The Best Of Chris Connor, to which the catalogue number 8082 was assigned. Plans to release this LP in the United States were scrapped.

However, the Japanese market did release the album on CD. Besides the 1991 CD issue shown above (AMCY-1078), there was a 1997 CD reissue (AMCY-2221), too. (There might have been an earlier LP as well. Unfortunately, I have not been able to confirm claims on this matter. Assistance would be appreciated. Further confusing the matter is the fact that there is a Japanese Best Of Chris Connor LP, with catalogue number MJ-7020. But that LP is entirely different: it bears another set of tracks, and does not include "All About Ronnie.")

Thus, as shown above, Atlantic Victor CD AMCY-1078 (reissued as AMCY-2221) is the only issue in which master #3658 is known to be found.


September 13, 1959 - At The Village Gate On Atlantic Records

On September 13, 1959, Atlantic Records taped Chris Connor live at the Village Vanguard. The results were issued in an album entitled Chris In Person. For further details, consult that date in the Live, Radio, And Television page.


Date: September 14, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (con), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal (t), Bob Alexander, 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)

a. 3763Master Witchcraft - 3:06(Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) / arr: Richard Wess
ATLANTIC EP622 — Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris In Witchcraft)   (1959)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
b. 3764Master I Hear The Music Now - 2:19(Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas) / arr: Richard Wess
ATLANTIC EP622 — Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris In Witchcraft)   (1959)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Norma/Candlelite Public Domain CDNOCD 5658 (Japan) — [Various Artists] The Girls Sing, Volume 3   
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7049 (Japan) — Many Sides Of Chris Connor   
c. 3765Master Like A Woman - 2:40(Frank Loesser) / arr: Richard Wess
d. 3766Master You Don't Know What Love Is - 3:44(Don Raye, Gene DePaul) / arr: Richard Wess
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8032/SD-8032 — Witchcraft   (1959)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 7313 - P 7314 — Basic Music Library [LP Witchcraft]   (1959)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)

Collectors' Corner

1. Witchcraft [EP]
This EP features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.


Date: September 21, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (con), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Herman "Hymie" Sche[r]tzer (as), Bernie Glow, Bernie Privin, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Mort Bullman, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Hank Jones (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 3773Master Just In Time - 2:25(Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) / arr: Richard Wess
ATLANTIC EP622 — Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris In Witchcraft)   (1959)
b. 3774Master Come Rain Or Come Shine - 2:44(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Richard Wess
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
c. 3775Master I'll Never Be Free(George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin) / arr: Richard Wess
ATLANTIC EP622 — Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris In Witchcraft)   (1959)
d. 3776Master How Little We Know (How Little It Matters) - 2:34(Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer) / arr: Richard Wess
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8032/SD-8032 — Witchcraft   (1959)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 7313 - P 7314 — Basic Music Library [LP Witchcraft]   (1959)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)



Date: October 5, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (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)

a. 3817Master The Lady Sings the Blues - 3:42(Alec Wilder, William Engvick) / arr: Richard Wess
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
Nova Public Domain CD3107892 (France) — [Various Artists] Women In Love, #2   (2005)
b. 3818Master Skyscraper Blues - 4:13(Tom Adair, Jenkins) / arr: Richard Wess
c. 3819Master Baltimore Oriole - 3:28(Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Richard Wess
d. 3820Master When Sunny Gets Blue - 4:15(Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) / arr: Richard Wess
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8032/SD-8032 — Witchcraft   (1959)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 7313 - P 7314 — Basic Music Library [LP Witchcraft]   (1959)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)



Date: December 22, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

a. 3984Master Invitation - 2:50(Paul Francis Webster, Bronislau Kaper)
ATLANTIC 452073 — {Invitation / I Sold My Heart To The Junkman}   (1960)
ATLANTIC CDAMCY 1059 (Japan) — I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
b. 3985Master To Each His Own - 2:00(Jay Livingston, Raymond B. "Ray" Evans)
c. 3986Master I Sold My Heart To The Junkman - 2:05(Leon Rene, Otis Rene)
ATLANTIC 452073 — {Invitation / I Sold My Heart To The Junkman}   (1960)
Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
ATLANTIC©Warner CDWPCR 27499 (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series)   (2013)



Date: January 28, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a. 4238Master I Heard A Bluebird - 2:18(unknown)
ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
ATLANTIC©Warner CDWPCR 27499 (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series)   (2013)
b. 4239Master Fortune Cookies - 2:13(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
ATLANTIC LPP-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
ATLANTIC©Warner CDWPCR 27499 (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Best Collection 1000" Series)   (2013)
c. 4240Master That's My Desire - 1:58(Carroll Loveday, Helmy Kresa)
ATLANTIC 452053 — {I Only Want Some / That's My Desire}   (1960)
ATLANTIC EPATL_EP 80.026 — [Various Artists] 4 Top Hits   (1960)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7049 (Japan) — Many Sides Of Chris Connor   
d. 4241Master I Only Want Some - 2:47(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
ATLANTIC 452053 — {I Only Want Some / That's My Desire}   (1960)
ATLANTIC CDAMCY 1059 (Japan) — I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174122 (Greece) — Speak Low ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7049 (Japan) — Many Sides Of Chris Connor   
All titles on: Blue Moon Licensed/Public Domain CDBMCD 883 (Spain) — The Complete Atlantic Singles, 1956-1960   (2017)

Masters & Issues

1. "I Only Want Some"
2. Misty [LP]
According to an uncorroborated report, "I Only Want Some" (master 4241) was considered for inclusion in the 1975 LP Misty, a compilation of Connor's singles on Atlantic. Ultimately, it was not used. (Master 4240, "That's My Desire," may have been considered as well.) See also notes under session dated April 29, 1958.


Date: September 19, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ronnie Ball (con, p), Phil Woods (as), Bert Collins, Danny Stiles (t), Willie Dennis (tb), George Duvivier (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 4932Master Day In - Day Out - 2:26(Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ronnie Ball
ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
b. 4933Master Sidney's Soliloquy(James J. Wisner) / arr: Ronnie Ball
unissued
c. 4934Master Alone Together - 2:44(Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) / arr: Ronnie Ball
ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
d. 4935Master Love - 2:47(Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) / arr: Ronnie Ball
ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
New World Licensed LPNW 295 — [Various Artists] When Malindy Sings: Jazz Vocalists, 1938-1961   (1977)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)

Songs

1. "Sidney's Soliloquy"
In Atlantic's master files, master #4933 is identified as "Soliloquy For Sidney." I am assuming that such a title is a slight misnomer, and that this master (which has never been released) actually contains a performance of "Sidney's Soliloquy."


Date: October 27, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Harry Lookofsky (ccm), Jimmy Jones Orchestra (acc), Phil Bodner (r), Clark Terry (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Unknown (str), Hank Jones (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 5145Master All Too Soon - 2:54(Duke Ellington, Carl Sigman) / arr: Jimmy Jones
b. 5146Master Harlequin - 2:48(George Cory, Douglass Cross) / arr: Jimmy Jones
c. 5147Master If I Should Lose You - 2:47(Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Jimmy Jones
d. 5148Master Here's That Rainy Day - 3:02(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) / arr: Jimmy Jones
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)



Date: November 16, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Clark Terry (t, fh), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier (b), Jimmy Jones (p), Teddy Sommer (d), Harry Lookofsky (vn), Chris Connor (v)

a. 5177Master Follow Me - 2:50(Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe) / arr: Jimmy Jones
ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
b. 5178Master I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues - 2:22(Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Jimmy Jones
ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
c. 5179Master Where Flamingos Fly - 3:25(John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale) / arr: Jimmy Jones
ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Modern Jazz Best Series")   (1963)
Giants Of Jazz/Promo Public Domain CD53230 (Italy) — All About Ronnie ("Giants of Jazz" Series)   (1996)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
d. 5180Master I'm Glad There Is You - 4:20(Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz) / arr: Jimmy Jones
ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)
e. 5181Master You Go To My Head(John Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) / arr: Jimmy Jones
unissued
f. 5182Master Sweet William - 2:31(Joe Sherman, Sid Wayne) / arr: Jimmy Jones
ATLANTIC LP8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
Music Box/General Publishing Company Public Domain CD3302174124 (Greece) — 'Round Midnight ("The Great Singers" Series)   (2010)

Songs And Composers

1. "Where Flamingos Fly"
2. Gil Evans
In 1998, when Joseph Vella (of jazzonline.com) interviewed Chris Connor, he made the following request to her: "Name at least one jazz recording that says it all' for you and [tell me] why." Her reply was that "[a]ny recording by the Gil Evans band says it all for me. Where Flamingos Fly immediately comes to mind. It was progressive. Gil’s arrangements and soloists were just so thrilling to me. I still listen to them to this day."

"Where Flamingos Fly" was first recorded by Connor's main vocal influence, Peggy Lee, in what might be an uncredited Gil Evans arrangement. Decca first issued it in 1957, as the B side of a 45 single. The vocal version that became best known, thanks in part to Evans' widely publicized participation, was by Helen Merrill, from her 1957 Mercury album Dream Of You. Merrill's version seems to have been the second to be recorded, shortly after Lee's.


Personnel

1. Clark Terry
This musician plays either trumpet or French song in each song, except "Follow Me," from which he is absent.

2. Harry Lookofsky
Violin, by Harry Lookofsky, on "Follow Me" only.


Date: December 5, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), 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)

a. 5215Master Lonesome Road - 4:20(Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat) / arr: Don Sebesky
ATLANTIC 455014 — {Summertime / Lonesome Road}   (1961)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b. 5216Master Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree - 2:36(Truman Capote, Harold Arlen) / arr: Don Sebesky
c. 5217Master Happy New Year - 4:23(Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Don Sebesky
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8049/SD-8049 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (1961)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 7569- P 7570 — Basic Music Library [LP Double Exposure]   (1961)
ATLANTIC CS/LP7 90143 4/1 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson} (Jazzlore Series #21)   (1984)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM 319-2 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (2002)

Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson

Both Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson were former disciples of The Stan Kenton Orchestra. During the month that preceded this session, they had reunited to tour together as part of a so-called "Jazz For Moderns" concert package.

For information about the corporate deal that made possible Ferguson's appearance on Connor's Atlantic sessions, see notes below, under session dated December 15, 1960.


Issues & Personnel

1 & 2. Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson
The front cover of Double Exposure jointly credits Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson (in that order) as the album's main artist.


Date: December 14, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), 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)

a. 5224Master Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most - 4:17(Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf) / arr: Willie Maiden
b. 5225Master All The Things You Are - 2:48(Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) / arr: Willie Maiden
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7049 (Japan) — Many Sides Of Chris Connor   
c. 5226Master It Never Entered My Mind - 5:04(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Don Sebesky
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
d. 5227Master Black Coffee - 3:37(Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Don Sebesky
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
ATLANTIC©Victor LPMJ-7049 (Japan) — Many Sides Of Chris Connor   
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8049/SD-8049 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (1961)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 7569- P 7570 — Basic Music Library [LP Double Exposure]   (1961)
ATLANTIC CS/LP7 90143 4/1 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson} (Jazzlore Series #21)   (1984)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM 319-2 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (2002)

Songs & Crossreferences

1. "It Never Entered My Mind"
In a 2008 interview granted to Jazzwax.com , Chris Connor made enthusiastic remarks about this session's master of "It Never Entered My Mind." According to her, the recording has "the most gorgeous arrangement I've ever heard -- and the most difficult I've ever had to sing. From the singer's perspective, with a band that strong and with that kind of arrangement, you couldn't tell which was the right note to hit, especially at the end. The only way you could tell is if the piano played the right note in front. You know, just before the other instruments came in. I made all the chord changes with the help of Jacki Byard. He cued me, and it turned out fantastic." Connor also voiced excitement about "the challenge" posed by the "surprise ending" of her version.

2. Surrender [Film]
The soundtrack of the 1987 movie Surrender includes a performance of "It Never Entered My Mind," sung by Chris Connor with accompaniment by Maynard Ferguson. I have not been able to locate a copy of this album. Given Ferguson's presence, I am tentatively assuming that the soundtrack performance is the same one listed in this session. Michel Colombier was the movie's composer.

3. Double Exposure
For general information about the Double Exposure dates, see notes under preceding session. For additional information about Chris Connor's and Maynard Ferguson's joint record dates, see also notes under next session.


Date: December 15, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ROULETTE

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)

a. 15645Master New York's My Home - 4:40(Gordon Jenkins)
ROULETTE LP(Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
b. 15646Master The Wind - 5:00(Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
c. 15647Master When The Sun Comes Out - 3:37(Ted Koehler, Harold Arlen)
ROULETTE LP(Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
Phonorama Collectors' Label LPPR 5642 — A Collection Of Maynard Ferguson And Chris Conner   (1983)
All titles on: ROULETTE LPS/R-52068 — Two's Company ("The Birdland Series") {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1961)
Fresh Sound Collectors' Label CDFSR-CD 30 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1989)
ROULETTE Jazz CD7243 8 37201 2 5 — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1996)
Fresh Sound Collectors' Label LPRLP-215 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   

Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor On ROULETTE Records

Chris Connor's three sessions for Roulette Records were done with Atlantic's consent, as part of a deal struck between the labels. The deal involved the production of twin albums with the same two artists (Atlantic's Chris Connor, Roulette's Maynard Ferguson), one to be released on the instrumentalist's label, the other on the vocalist's label. (For other details, see also notes under session dated December 5, 1960. )


Dating And Sources

Erik Raben's Jazz Records 1942-1980: A Discography is the source for the Roulette sessions' recording dates. I have followed Raben on matters of dating, but have otherwise kept the personnel listed in the album, as further explained immediately below.


Personnel

1. Main Acts
On the cover of the album Two's Company, Maynard Ferguson and Chris Connor (in that order) are jointly credited as the main act. Both were former disciples of The Stan Kenton Orchestra.

2. Collective Personnel
The back cover of the album Two's Company gives a collective personnel for the sessions that it comprises (December 15 and 22, 1961; January 30, 1961). A slightly different personnel can be found in Erik Raben's aforementioned discography. The differences pertain to two instruments.

Raben: Charlie Saunders on bass, Rick Keifer on trumpet
album: John Neves on bass, Bill Berry on trumpet

I have put greater trust in the album's information, which is more detailed than Raben's. Case in point: the number of instruments played by each musician. Whereas Raben has each musician playing only one instrument, the album indicates that some of the musicians alternated instruments during the sessions. Notice also that Raben is listing the same bassist and trumpet player in both this session and an earlier one for Atlantic (December 5, 1961). Most likely, Raben or his sources automatically took for granted that, since Saunders and Keifer were regular members of the Ferguson band, they played in both album sessions.


Issues And Collectors' Corner

1. Two's Company [Columbia LP]
In England, the Roulette album Two's Company was released by Columbia, in both mono (#33SX.1377) and stereo (#SCX 3415). This 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.)


Date: December 22, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ROULETTE

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)

a. 15648Master Guess Who I Saw Today - 3:31(Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
b. 15649Master Where Do You Go? - 3:44(Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
ROULETTE LP(Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
Both titles on: ROULETTE LPS/R-52068 — Two's Company ("The Birdland Series") {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1961)
Phonorama Collectors' Label LPPR 5642 — A Collection Of Maynard Ferguson And Chris Conner   (1983)
Fresh Sound Collectors' Label CDFSR-CD 30 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1989)
ROULETTE Jazz CD7243 8 37201 2 5 — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1996)
Fresh Sound Collectors' Label LPRLP-215 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   

Crossreferences

For general information about the Two's Company dates, see notes under session dated December 15, 1960.


Date: January 23, 1961
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), 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)

a. 5292Master I Only Have Eyes For You - 2:34(Al Dubin, Harry Warren) / arr: Don Sebesky
b. 5294Master Summertime - 3:11(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Don Sebesky
ATLANTIC 455014 — {Summertime / Lonesome Road}   (1961)
ATLANTIC CD601-602 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
ATLANTIC©Warner CD50510 110710 2 7 (United Kingdom) — [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge Presents: The Jazz Singers   (2005)
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
Rhino Licensed CD5186551372 — [Various Artists] Happy Birthday, Nan   (2009)
c. 5295Master That's How It Went, All Right - 3:11(Andre Previn, Dory Previn) / arr: Don Sebesky
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8049/SD-8049 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (1961)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 7569- P 7570 — Basic Music Library [LP Double Exposure]   (1961)
ATLANTIC CS/LP7 90143 4/1 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson} (Jazzlore Series #21)   (1984)
Collectors' Choice Licensed CDCCM 319-2 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (2002)

Issues & Songs

1. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song"
2. "Strike Up The Band"
Atlantic CD 601-2 correctly lists "Summertime" under this recording date, but incorrectly adds a live performance of "Strike Up The Band," whose correct date is instead September 13, 1959.


Crossreferences

For general details about the Double Exposure dates, see notes under session dated December 5, 1960.


Date: January 30, 1961
Location: New York City
Label: ROULETTE

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)

a. 15650Master Something's Coming - 6:41(Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
ROULETTE LP(Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
b. 15651Master Send For Me - 2:38(Ollie Jones)
ROULETTE LP(Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
c. 15652Master I Feel A Song Coming On - 2:08(Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
d. 15653Master Deep Song - 4:09(Douglass Cross, George Cory)
Phonorama Collectors' Label LPPR 5642 — A Collection Of Maynard Ferguson And Chris Conner   (1983)
e. 15654Master Can't Get Out Of This Mood - 2:45(Frank Loesser, Jimmy McHugh)
CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note CS/CDB4/B2 96583 — [Various Artists] Blue Vocals, Volume 2   (1992)
CAPITOL CS/CD7243 8 32565 — [Various Artists] I Feel A Song Comin' On: Jimmy McHugh ("Capitol Sings" Series)   (1995)
All titles on: ROULETTE LPS/R-52068 — Two's Company ("The Birdland Series") {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1961)
Fresh Sound Collectors' Label CDFSR-CD 30 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1989)
ROULETTE Jazz CD7243 8 37201 2 5 — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1996)
Fresh Sound Collectors' Label LPRLP-215 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   

Crossreferences

For general details about Two's Company dates, see notes under session dated December 15, 1960.


Date: December 11, 1961
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (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)

a. 5857Master Free Spirits - 3:19(Norman Mapp) / arr: Al Cohn
ATLANTIC LP8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6521 — Free Spirits   (2004)
ATLANTIC©Warner CD50467 82702 (United Kingdom) — [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Music For A Bachelorette Pad    (2005)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
b. 5858Master I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - 2:51(Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee) / arr: Al Cohn
ATLANTIC LP8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
c. 5859Master Opportunity, Please Knock - 3:10(Oscar Brown, Jr.) / arr: Al Cohn
ATLANTIC 455017 — {The Sweetest Sounds / Opportunity, Please Knock}   (1961)
ATLANTIC LP8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6521 — Free Spirits   (2004)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d. 5860Master Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do(Porter Grainger, Robert Graham Prince, Clarence Williams) / arr: Al Cohn
unissued

Songs

1. "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do"
Atlantic's files identify master #5860 as "Nobody's Business." The master was never released. I am making the assumption that the song is actually "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do."


Personnel

1. Joe Newman
The trumpet solos on "Free Spirits" and "Opportunity Knocks" are played by Joe Newman.



Date: March 11, 1962
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Al Cohn (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)

a. 6043Master The Sweetest Sounds - 2:34(Richard Rodgers) / arr: Al Cohn
ATLANTIC 455017 — {The Sweetest Sounds / Opportunity, Please Knock}   (1961)
ATLANTIC LP82308 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1987)
ATLANTIC CS/CD81817 4/2 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1991)
b. 6044Master Look No Further - 3:41(Richard Rodgers) / arr: Al Cohn
c. 6045Master No Strings - 2:40(Richard Rodgers) / arr: Al Cohn
d. 6046Master Nobody Told Me - 3:18(Richard Rodgers) / arr: Al Cohn
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP1383/SD-1383 — [Various Artists] No Strings: An After-Theater Version {LaVern Baker, Chris Connor, Herbie Mannn, Bobby Short}   (1962)
ATLANTIC©Warner CDAMCY-1077 (Japan) — Free Spirits ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6714 — [Various Artists] No Strings: An After-Theater Version {LaVern Baker, Chris Connor, Herbie Mannn, Bobby Short}   (2004)

Issues

1. No Strings
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 recruited by Atlantic from its roster 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."


Dating

One source dates this session March 19, 1962. All other sources at hand give March 11, 1962 as the session's date.


Date: April 9, 1962
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (con), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), George Duvivier (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 6094Master Milano - 3:21(Margo Guryan, John Lewis) / arr: Al Cohn
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b. 6095Master Jump For Joy - 2:46(Duke Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Al Cohn
ATLANTIC LP8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CDAMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c. 6096Master God Bless The Child - 3:01(Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog, Jr.) / arr: Al Cohn
Rhino Licensed CD8122799391 (United Kingdom) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d. 6097Master Lonely Woman - 4:04(Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan) / arr: Al Cohn
ATLANTIC CS/LP/CD81706 / Box 81712 [CD Box rel. in 1990] — [Various Artists] Singers ("Atlantic Jazz" Series)    (1986)
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
ATLANTIC©Victor LP7351 (Japan) — Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness   
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6521 — Free Spirits   (2004)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Songs

1. "Lonely Woman"
During an interview conducted in 2006, Chris Conor referred to this song as "especially difficult." She further remarked that doing the song "was even revolutionary for jazz as an instrumental number. When I was at the Village Vanguard, there was a female songwriter, Margo Guryan. She brought me the music and asked me to sing Ornette's Lonely Woman with her lyrics. The lyrics were wonderful, and I was just preparing for the recording of Free Spirits, so I decided to try it out. Though it was difficult, the melody is very beautiful, and I am glad that I had the opportunity for such an adventurous challenge."

Songwriters

1. Gunther Schuller
2. "Lonely Woman"
According to an oral reports that I have not been able to confirm, the bridge of this performance of "Lonely Woman" was composed by Gunther Schuller.


Personnel

1. Clark Terry
The trumpet solo on "Milano" was played by Clark Terry.


Date: April 30, 1962
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (con), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman (t), George Duvivier (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. 6186Master Kansas City - 3:53(Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber) / arr: Al Cohn
32 Jazz Licensed CD32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b. 6187Master Things Are Swingin' - 2:27(Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall) / arr: Al Cohn
c. 6188Master Night Bird - 3:18(Al Cohn, Kitty Malone) / arr: Al Cohn
d. 6189Master Daydream - 3:02(Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, John Latouche) / arr: Al Cohn
All titles on: ATLANTIC LP8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 6521 — Free Spirits   (2004)
Collectables Licensed CDCOL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)



Bio-Discographical Notes: Chris Connor At Atlantic Records (1956-1962)


I. Chris Connor's Years At Atlantic Records

Along with Charles Mingus and The Modern Jazz Quintet, Chris Connor was one of three notable acts brought by manager Monte Kay to Atlantic Records around 1955. A formal announcement was made on the January 28, 1956 issue of Billboard. According to the magazine's reporter: Atlantic Records has "expanded its jazz wing with eight new artists. This diskery's biggest coup, instigated by its package department vicepresident, Nesuhi Ertegun, was the snaring of thrush Chris Connor and the Modern Jazz Quartet, whom a number of companies are known to have entered bids. {clip} Miss Connor had been with Bethlehem Records, and had been the label's consistent top seller. the MJQ formerly was with Prestige. {clip} According to Ertegun, the company, which heretofore has issued LP's sporadically, will now switch to a regular monthly schedule." Five other jazz acts were also announced as having been just signed: Jimmy Giuffre, Milt Jackson, Jack Montrose, Lennie Tristano, and George Wallington.

The mass recruitment was probably part of Atlantic's plan to create a roster of jazz artists under the supervision of Nesuhi Ertegun. The label had actually created as a jazz-oriented company all the way back in 1947, but in the intervening years it had become celebrated solely for its success with r&b vocalists. In 1956, albums by all three highlighted new Atlantic acts (Connor, MJQ, Mingus) were released in the label's 1200 series, which concentrated on jazz-oriented work. Mingus would soon leave the company, but Connor and The Modern Jazz Quartet would become Atlantic staples, with the successful quartet staying the longest (until the mid-1960s).

Atlantic Records was the recipient of Connor's most extensive recording activity throughout her career. From 1956 to 1962, she made a dozen solo albums for the label, many of them with jazz-oriented backing. About half of those albums appeared in the aforementioned 1200 series. The other half was issued in the 8000 series, which was primarily dedicated to material with popular or mass-market appeal (pop, r&b, rock 'n' roll).

"Nesuhi gave me total freedom," said Chris Connor in 2006, "and I could sing whatever I wanted to sing. Even when I was choosing musicians to perform with, I had the chance to perform with first rate musicians in the jazz field and to also work with wonderful arrangers such as Ralph Burns. It was a tremendous experience for me."

There were various pop singles sessions as well. Two of those sessions generated minor Billboard hits. In 1956, the song "I Miss You So" reached the lower slots of the top 40, whereas "Trust In Me" was a top 100 hit in 1957.

Connor left Atlantic Records when she followed the advice of manager Kay, who wanted her to record on his own newly created label. For further details, see opening note in the Post-Atlantic page.

All known Atlantic issues by Connor are listed in this page, with the exception of Chris In Person, an album culled from a concert date. That album is instead listed in the page for Concert, Radio & Television Performances, September 13, 1959.


II. Chris Connor Plays Favorites

Asked in 2006 what her favorite Chris Connor albums were, the artist picked pieces from her Atlantic period. "You might be surprised at my first choice," she said, "but I would say, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. And then, Chris Connor, which was the first album I made with Atlantic, and Double Exposure, which I recorded with Maynard Ferguson. I like every album that I recorded with Atlantic, though these three are very special among them. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not is very broad in terms of selection of tunes. [...] Ralph Burns arranged the songs for our recording. I was so happy with his arrangements, and I'm still proud of our work. [...] Chris Connor is not only my favorite, but also my fans' favorite. It was great because John Lewis from The Modern Jazz Quintet, played piano for me. The album with Maynard Ferguson has songs [...] arranged by a young Don Sebesky. They still sound just as fresh today. [...] Don Sebesky was 22 years old back then. Also, the recording engineer was Phil Ramone, who would go on to win numerous Grammy Awards. You worked with such talented arrangers and engineers." Elsewhere, Connor has reiterated her fondness for the Atlantic period of her career, during which she herself picked (and, in some cases, discovered) the tunes that she recorded. See also comments under the first of the sessions dated January 29, 1959.

Asked in 2008 about her favorite Chris Connor numbers from selected Atlantic albums, the vocalist picked the following performances: "About The Blues," "All The Things You Are," "Driftwood," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Kansas City," "Lilac Wine," "Little Jazz Bird," "My Shining Hour," "When The Wind Was Green" and "You Stepped Out Of A Dream."


III. Unissued Atlantic Masters

According to a 1997 article written by Bill Holland and published in Billboard Magazine, it is unlikely that we will ever see the release of any unissued Atlantic material from the label's so-called golden era (1948-1969). In February 1978, a fire destroyed most of the unreleased masters, alternate takes, and session tapes that Atlantic Records was keeping at a storage facility in Long Branch, New Jersey. The number of destroyed or damaged reel tapes is said to have been between five thousand and six thousand.


Sessions Reported: 47

Performances Reported: 192

Unique Songs Reported: 184

Unique Issues Reported: 132