The Chris Connor Bio-Discography:
Post-Atlantic Period
by Iván Santiago Mercado

Page generated on Jun 12, 2016


Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor's Recording Activity (1963-2007)

In 1963, Chris Connor moved from Atlantic to FM Records, a label that her own manager had just co-established. FM turned out to be a very short-lived enterprise, folding in 1964. Fortunately, Connor was back in the studio in 1965, and that same year a new album of hers showed up in music stores. From that year onwards, Connor's modus operandi involved short-term recording contracts with domestic companies: ABC, Stanyan, Applause, Progressive, Stash, Contemporary and, at the turn of the twentieth century, HighNote. Her association with these American companies resulted in the release of one to two albums per label. Substantial recording activity also took place in Japan, where the singer enjoyed decades of popularity among fans of jazz vocals. Original Chris Connor albums were released by the Japanese labels JVC (1 album), LOBster (1 album), CBS/Sony (1 album), Alfa Jazz (4 albums), and King (1 album, licensed to HighNote in the United States).


Date: 1963
Location: Barclay Studios, Paris
Label: FM

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

a. Master It's Not For Me To Say - 3:00(Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
b. Master Cry Me A River - 2:20(Arthur Hamilton)
EMI LPTocj 5297 (Japan) — [Various Artists] Jazz Vocals For A Romantic Afternoon   (1991)
Disky Licensed CD(Netherlands) DC 854652 — [Various Artists] Romantic Jazz Vocal   (1999)
Disky Licensed CD(Netherlands) DB 990622 — [Various Artists] The Jazz Collection   (2000)
c. Master I Could Go On Singing - 3:20(Harold Arlen, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
d. Master I Love My Man - 3:02(Joe Scott, Bobby Scott)
e. Master Humdrum Blues - 2:45(Oscar Brown, Jr.)
CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note Toshiba CDTOCJ 5298 (Japan) — [Various Artists] Jazz Blues For A Love Affair   
f. Master The Second Time Around - 3:15(Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
g. Master I Wish You Love - 3:29(Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note CDTOCJ 7-99100-2 (France) — [Various Artists] Le Paris Bleu   (1992)
h. Master Chances Are - 3:53(Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
i. Master Meantime - 4:58(Robert Allen, Al Stillman)
j. Master Johnny - 2:46(Bobby Scott, Joe Scott)
All titles on: FM LPFM 312 / SFM 312 — A Weekend In Paris   (1964)
CAPITOL©Roulette Toshiba CDTOCJ-5359 (Japan) — A Weekend In Paris   (1990)

Chris Connor On FM Records

In the early 1960s, Chris Connor switched from the well-established Atlantic label to FM Records, a brand new company at the time. The primary reason for the switch was the fact that Monte Kay, her manager, co-owned FM. Kay had just established it in conjunction with another artists' manager, Peter Kameron (and as part of a partnership that they named Village Planners).

In the liner notes for Roulette Jazz CD 094637134627, Chris Connor is quoted on the matter: "Monte said they weren't happy [at Atlantic] with what I was doing, I wasn't selling enough." Kay allegedly told Connor that Atlantic didn't want to renew her contract, and that "she'd do much better with his new enterprise." Yet (according to liner note writer James Gavin), Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler would later deny that Atlantic was unhappy with Connor.

Thus, some time in the second half of 1962 or early in 1963, Connor severed her ties with Atlantic and signed with FM. This momentous decision did not turn out for the best. After the new company faltered and ended up declaring bankruptcy (1964), she was momentarily left without a recording contract.


Issues

1. A Weekend In Paris
I am not certain that FM LP #312 was released to music stores. The record company folded a short time after the album had been pressed. Extant copies are rare. The stickers and stamps in those which I have seen prove that they are promo copies, sent out mostly to radio stations. The masters seem to have ended in the possession of Roulette, which was one of FM's distributors.


Personnel

1. Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand was originally slated to arrange and play on this date, but a movie score assignment forced him to cancel.

2. Les Double Six Of Paris
3. The Swingle Singers
The identification of the backing group as Les Double Six (also known as The Double Six Of Paris) is tentative, and based on second-hand information. Another second-hand source mentions The Swingle Singers instead.


Blue Arrowheads (A Technical Note)

In a few of this page's sessions, a blue arrowhead is found next to an issue. Click on the arrowhead if you want to see a longer list of albums containing the corresponding Chris Connor performance.


Chris Connor's Live Ventures On FM: Early And Late At The Village Gate And At The American Jazz Festival In Brazil

Before the FM record company folded, Chris Connor completed two albums. Only the second one, A Weekend In Paris, is listed in this page. For details about the first (At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show, culled from a concert date at a New York nightclub), see Live, Radio & Television page, year 1963.

In the worldwide web, I have come across vague allusions to a third FM Connor album. Supposedly, FM left it unreleased but the album still managed to make an appearance as a bootleg. Since I have yet to find any further specifics about this mythical bootleg, I doubt the veracity of such claims.

Besides owning the material issued in the aforementioned albums, FM probably was also the proprietor of some additional 1961 concert material which was released decades later, on a different label. (Could this be the elusive bootleg mentioned in the previous paragraph?) The concert in question took place in Brazil, as part of a series of music dates featuring touring American jazz musicians. FM actually issued some of the instrumental portions of the event in an album entitled At the American Jazz Festival In Latin America. But the Connor numbers did not appear until 1988, on the German label Eastwind. For further details, see Live, Radio & Television page, session dated July 16, 1961.


Date: September 1965
Location: New York
Label: ABC-PARAMOUNT

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

a. 12840Master A Hard Day's Night - 2:25(John Lennon, Paul McCartney) / arr: Pat Williams
ABC-PARAMOUNT EPAbcs 529 — Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova   (1965)
b. 12841Master A Taste Of Honey - 3:35(Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott) / arr: Pat Williams
c. 12842Master Downtown - 3:35(Tony Hatch) / arr: Pat Williams
ABC-PARAMOUNT EPAbcs 529 — Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova   (1965)
d. 12843Master Feeling Good - 3:25(Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse) / arr: Pat Williams
e. 12844Master The Shadow Of Your Smile - 3:35(Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Pat Williams
f. 12845Master Who Can I Turn To - 1:53(Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) / arr: Billy Byers
ABC-PARAMOUNT EPAbcs 529 — Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova   (1965)
g. 12846Master Can't Get Over the Bossa Nova - 2:38(Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Marilyn Gins) / arr: Pat Williams
ABC-PARAMOUNT EPAbcs 529 — Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova   (1965)
h. 12847Master Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte - 2:13(Mack David, Frank DeVol) / arr: Pat Williams
i. 12848Master Dear Heart - 2:41(Raymond B. "Ray" Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini) / arr: Pat Williams
ABC-PARAMOUNT EPAbcs 529 — Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova   (1965)
j. 12849Master Baby, The Rain Must Fall - 2:34(Elmer Bernstein, Ernie Sheldon) / arr: Pat Williams
ABC-PARAMOUNT EPAbcs 529 — Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova   (1965)
k. 12850Master Stranger On The Shore - 2:41(Robert Mellin, Acker Bilk) / arr: Pat Williams
l. 12851Master A Quiet Thing - 3:27(Fred Ebb, John Kander) / arr: Pat Williams
All titles on: ABC-PARAMOUNT LPABC-529 — Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova   (1965)
Justin Time Records CD(Canada) Jam 9167 — Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova   (2011)
King Licensed LPSH 221 (Japan) — Cool Chris   

Dating

My source for the dating of this session is Michel Ruppli, who supplies the date in the latest version of his ABC discography. (Presumably, the twelve songs were recorded over three September sessions, the exact days unspecified in the files.)


Record Label And Personnel (Producer)

1. Ken Greenglass
The back cover of the original ABC album bears the legend "produced by Ken Greenglass for GLG Productions, Inc." Connor's second album for ABC also bears a GLC production credit; see sessioons immediately below.


Date: July 11, 1966
Location: New York
Label: ABC

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

a. 13602Master Carnival (Black Orpheus) - 3:16(George David Weiss, Luiz Bonfá, Luigi Creator, Hugo Peretti) / arr: Don Sebesky
b. 13603Master Strangers In The Night - 3:04(Bert Kaempfert, Eddie Snyder, Charles Singleton) / arr: Don Sebesky
c. 13604Master Never On Sunday - 2:38(Manos Hadjidakis, B. Towne) / arr: Don Sebesky
ABC-PARAMOUNT 4510906 — {Never On Sunday / The Boys From Madrid}   (1966)
d. 13605Master Autumn - 2:52(David Shire, Richard Maltby) / arr: Don Sebesky
All titles on: ABC-PARAMOUNT LPABC/S-585 — Now!   (1966)
ABC©Universal CDUCCC-9045 (Japan) — Now!   (2002)

Dating

My source for the dating of this session is Michel Ruppli, who supplies the date in the latest version of his ABC discography.


Personnel (Conductors, Producer)

1. Bob Thiele
2. Don Sebesky
3. Peter De Angelis
The back cover of original ABC album Now! bears the legend "produced by Thiele/Sebesky/De Angelis for GLG Productions, Inc." I presume them to be the album's producer(s) and conductors, each responsible for one of the sessions contained in the LP. I have yet to find corroboration of this possibility, however.


Issues, Help Requested & Collectors' Corner

1. Singin' In N.Y. [LP]
I have not been able to locate the track listing for the Japanese LP Singin' In N.Y. (Columbia / Roulette YS 8534 RO), although I have seen a picture of its cover. I suspect it to be a reissue of one of Connor's two albums for ABC-Paramount (Chris Connor Sings The Gentle Bossa Nova and Now!). If such is the case, then this Japanese reissue used an entirely different front cover: a b&w, full-length photo of Connor singing, microphone in hand, circa 1965. Help would be appreciated.


Date: July 18, 1966
Location: New York
Label: ABC

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

a. 13606Master I'm Telling You Now - 2:16(Freddie Garrity, Mitch Murray) / arr: Don Sebesky
b. 13607Master Nowhere Man - 2:55(Paul McCartney, John Lennon) / arr: Don Sebesky
c. 13608Master Goin' Out Of My Head - 3:05(Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein) / arr: Don Sebesky
d. 13609Master The Boys From Madrid - 2:28(Bob Thiele, George David Weiss, Stride) / arr: Don Sebesky
ABC-PARAMOUNT 4510906 — {Never On Sunday / The Boys From Madrid}   (1966)
All titles on: ABC-PARAMOUNT LPABC/S-585 — Now!   (1966)
ABC©Universal CDUCCC-9045 (Japan) — Now!   (2002)

Dating

My source for the dating of this session is Michel Ruppli, who supplies the date in the latest version of his ABC discography.


Personnel (Conductors, Producer)

See notes under session dated July 11, 1966.


Date: July 20, 1966
Location: New York
Label: ABC

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

a. 13610Master You're Gonna Hear From Me - 2:04(Andre Previn, Dory Previn) / arr: Don Sebesky
b. 13611Master Who's Afraid? - 2:53(Paul Francis Webster, Alex North) / arr: Don Sebesky
c. 13612Master Love Life - 2:44(Don Payne) / arr: Don Sebesky
d. 13613Master The Shining Sea - 2:44(Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel) / arr: Don Sebesky
All titles on: ABC-PARAMOUNT LPABC/S-585 — Now!   (1966)
ABC©Universal CDUCCC-9045 (Japan) — Now!   (2002)

Dating

My source for the dating of this session is Michel Ruppli, who supplies the date in the latest version of his ABC discography.


Personnel (Conductors, Producer)

See notes under session dated July 11, 1966.


Date: January 28 & 29, 1969
Location: Tokyo

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

a. Master The Fool On The Hill - 2:50(John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
b. Master Didn't We - 3:02(Jimmy Webb)
unissued
c. Master Goodbye - 3:02(Gordon Jenkins)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
d. Master I've Gotta Be Me - 3:04(Walter Marks)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
e. Master Those Were The Days (Dorogoi Dlinnoyu) - 4:17(Boris Fomin, Konstantin Podrevsky, Gene Raskin)
unissued
f. Master What The World Needs Now Is Love - 2:26(Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
g. Master Misty - 4:04(Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
h. Master Cry Me A River - 3:40(Arthur Hamilton)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
i. Master It's All Right With Me - 2:53(Cole Porter)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
j. Master Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - 2:56(Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC 45SMJ 1028 (Japan) — {Softly As In A Morning Sunrise / 'Round Midnight} ("Jazz Golden Couple" Series)   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
k. Master Someone To Watch Over Me - 3:46(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)
l. Master 'Round Midnight - 4:54(Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
JVC LPSMJ 7511 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin'   (1969)
JVC 45SMJ 1028 (Japan) — {Softly As In A Morning Sunrise / 'Round Midnight} ("Jazz Golden Couple" Series)   (1969)
JVC©Victor's Think CDTHCD-036/441555 (Japan) — Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)    (2006)

Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor Tours Japan, 1969

During an interviewed published in the March 10, 1974 issue of Newsday magazine, Chris Connor shared the following memory with reporter Bob Micklin: "[During the 1960s] I had been drinking quite a bit and I had put on a lot of weight. [In the late 1960s] I started to diet and take better care of myself. I made a wonderful tour of Japan. At one concert I drew 5,000 people all by myself."


Issues

1. Softly And Swingin'
This album was produced in Japan and meant the Japanese record market only.


Masters And Sources

As shown above, the masters "Didn't We" and "Those Were The Days" were left out from the released album, and their current whereabouts is unknown to me. Fortunately, Chris Connor kept copy of all 14 performances in the form of a cassette tape (derived, in turn, from a reel tape). The song sequence in that cassette tape has been copied above, under the assumption that it may reflect the order in which the masters were recorded over the two specified days.


Venue

1. A Taped Live Date?
According to an uncorroborated third-person report, these songs were performed in front of a crowd of Vietnam-bound soldiers who were, at the time, on leave from duty. Unfortunately, the report lacks factual support, and the available data works against its credibility. There are no audible signs of an audience's presence in the aforementioned cassette from the sessions. Of course, it could be counterargued that the soldiers might have remained dutifully silent during the entire date(s).

Since the report makes mention of just one day's worth of recording (not two), the likelihood of the soldiers' presence is further diminished by the reasonable expectation that they were attending just for a day. Perhaps the person who provided the report was referring not to these studio masters but to an alternate, live performance of them for a room of soldiers.


Arrangers And Arrangements

1. Chick Correa
2. "The Fool On The Hill"
According to an oral source, Chick Correa was the arranger of Chris Connor's interpretation(s) of "The Fool On The Hill." I cannot confidently credit Correa herein because my source did not specify if she was referring to this session's master or to any other (live) version unknown to me.


Date: 1971
Label: STANYAN

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

a. Master Hit 'Em In The Head With Love - 2:31(Rod McKuen) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
USA Government's Treasury Department Service LP11-71 — Guest Star; Chris Connor   (1971)
b. Master Make It With You - 3:40(David Gates) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
c. Master More Today Than Yesterday - 2:50(Pat Upton) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
d. Master We've Only Just Begun - 2:47(Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
e. Master Time And Love - 2:12(Laura Nyro) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
USA Government's Treasury Department Service LP11-71 — Guest Star; Chris Connor   (1971)
f. Master Buy And Sell - 3:46(Laura Nyro) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
g. Master Fire And Rain - 3:10(James Taylor) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
h. Master As I Love My Own - 3:32(Rod McKuen) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed CD12485 — [Various Artists] Love Songs   (1995)
i. Master The Long And Winding Road - 2:37(John Lennon, Paul McCartney) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
j. Master Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll) - 3:06(Carole King, Gerry Goffin) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
k. Master What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? - 2:56(Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith aka Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
USA Government's Treasury Department Service LP11-71 — Guest Star; Chris Connor   (1971)
l. Master Snowbird - 2:54(Gene MacLellan) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed CD12784 — [Various Artists] Christmas With Friends and Lovers   (1996)
m. Master Hurry, Tuesday Child - 2:59(Bobbie Gentry) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
n. Master Ten Cents A Dance - 3:54(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Patrick Rebillot
USA Government's Treasury Department Service LP11-71 — Guest Star; Chris Connor   (1971)
Delta's LaserLight Digital Licensed CD15991 — [Various Artists] Great American Songwriters   (1994)
All titles on: STANYAN LPSR 10029 — Sketches   (1971)
STANYAN©Bainbridge CS/LPBTC-6230 / 6230 — Sketches   (1982)

Issues

1. Chris Connor Sings The Rod McKuen Songbook [LP]
2. "I'll Catch The Sun"
Like other vocalists who recorded for Rod McKuen's Stanyan label, Chris Connor was scheduled to do a full album of songs written by McKuen himself. In Connor's case, the songbook was planned, according to one of the participants, as her second album for Stanyan. Twelve McKuen songs were picked. For reasons that remain unclear, the project did not come to fruition. (The aforementioned participant assumes that the label might have undergone financial difficulties.) In the end, just two of McKuen's songs were included in Connor's one Stanyan project, Sketches, although she might have recorded a few others. During a concert that took place on October 22, 1976, Connor introduced her performance of Rod McKuen's "I'll Catch The Sun" with the comment that she had recorded it for his label.

3. Sketches: The Poster
Original copies of the LP Sketches include a poster, which showed about five pencil drawings of Chris Connor.

4. Guest Star [LP]
The album Guest Star: Chris Connor culls four shows made by Chris Connor for the U.S. Savings Bond Division. All Connor songs heard on those four shows were edited versions of the Stanyan album versions.

The shows' host was Mike Douglas, and there was no studio orchestra. The album's catalogue number (11-71) is probably also an indication of the month and year in which this "Star of the Month" was heard over participating radio stations.

Each program was five minutes long, and began with Douglas singing the line "this is the country land that I love." Only one Connor song was heard per show. A partial exception was the first show: it featured a few, additional bars from a second song, "We've Only Just Begun."

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


Date: October 7, 1976
Location: CBS Studio, New York
Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony

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

a. Master This One's For You - 3:13(Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer)
b. Master Ridin' On The Moon - 2:18(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c. Master Lush Life - 5:44(Billy Strayhorn)
All titles on: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LP25AP 538 (Japan) — Chris Moves   (1977)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LPYAPN 9 (Japan) — Teo Macero Presents [Special Edition? of Album Chris Moves]   (1977)

Issues

1. Chris Moves
Though recorded in New York this album was produced for the Japanese market and release only in Japan.

2. Teo Macero Presents
I have not been able to locate a copy of this album. The scant data available to me suggests that it might be a special issue, possibly meant for radio airplay only. Corroboration or denial from those who own a copy would be appreciated.


Date: October 12, 1976
Location: CBS Studio, New York
Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony

Chris Connor (ldr), Teo Macero (pdr), George Opalinsky (f, ts), Richard Davis (b), Bob Kaye (p), Edward Soph (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. Master The Jazz Man - 3:12(Carole King, David Palmer)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LP25AP 538 (Japan) — Chris Moves   (1977)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LPYAPN 9 (Japan) — Teo Macero Presents [Special Edition? of Album Chris Moves]   (1977)
b. Master The Wind - 4:11(Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LP25AP 538 (Japan) — Chris Moves   (1977)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LPYAPN 9 (Japan) — Teo Macero Presents [Special Edition? of Album Chris Moves]   (1977)
c. Master Good Morning, Heartache - 4:44(Ervin Drake, Dan Fisher, Irene Higginbotham)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LP25AP 538 (Japan) — Chris Moves   (1977)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LPYAPN 9 (Japan) — Teo Macero Presents [Special Edition? of Album Chris Moves]   (1977)
d. Master A Baby's Born(Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
unissued

Dating & Masters

1. "A Baby Is Born"
The placement of "A Baby Is Born" in this session (rather than in any of the other Chris Moves dates) is tentative.


Date: October 18, 1976
Location: CBS Studios, New York
Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony

Chris Connor (ldr), Teo Macero (pdr), Michael Moore (b), Mike Abene (p), Jimmy Madison (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. Master The Way We Were - 4:25(Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LP25AP 538 (Japan) — Chris Moves   (1977)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LPYAPN 9 (Japan) — Teo Macero Presents [Special Edition? of Album Chris Moves]   (1977)
b. Master The Gypsy In My Soul - 2:17(Clay A. Boland, Moe Jaffe)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LP25AP 538 (Japan) — Chris Moves   (1977)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LPYAPN 9 (Japan) — Teo Macero Presents [Special Edition? of Album Chris Moves]   (1977)
c. Master Lilac Wine(James H. Shelton)
unissued
d. Master That's What Friends Are For(Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager)
unissued

Dating & Masters

1 & 2. "Lilac Wine" & "That's What Friends Are For"
The placement of the songs "Lilac Wine" and "That's What Friends Are For" on this date (rather than on any of the other sessions for the album Chris Moves) is tentative.



Date: October 19, 1976
Location: CBS Studios, New York
Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony

Chris Connor (ldr), Teo Macero (pdr), Mike Abene (p), Dom Chicchetti, Chris Connor (v)

a. Master Feelings - 4:00(Morris Albert)
b. Master All Too Soon - 2:57(Duke Ellington, Carl Sigman)
Both titles on: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LP25AP 538 (Japan) — Chris Moves   (1977)
COLUMBIA©CBS Sony LPYAPN 9 (Japan) — Teo Macero Presents [Special Edition? of Album Chris Moves]   (1977)



Date: January 27, 1978
Location: Downtown Sound Studio, New York
Label: PROGRESSIVE

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

a. Master Things Are Swingin' - 1:47(Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
b. Master Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Free And Easy) - 4:02(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
c. Master Just In Time - 2:58(Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
d. Master Here's That Rainy Day - 3:37(Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
e. Master The Sweetest Sounds - 1:27(Richard Rodgers)
f. Master Where Flamingos Fly - 3:35(John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
All titles on: PROGRESSIVE CS/LP7028 — Sweet And Swinging   (1978)
PROGRESSIVE©Century LP/CDULS-6080G / ULS-1671 / KUK 82G / CECC 00353 (Japan) [CD rel. 1991] — Chris' Corner   (1978)
AUDIOPHILE LP/CDAP 208 / ACD 208 [CD rel. 1995] — Sweet And Swinging   (1988)

Personnel

1. Jerry Dodgion
Jerry Dodgion's flute on "Things Are Swinging," "Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home," and "Just In Time" only.


Date: February 3, 1978
Location: Downtown Sound Studio, New York
Label: PROGRESSIVE

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

a. Master Out Of This World - 3:36(Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)
b. Master I've Got You Under My Skin - 2:53(Cole Porter)
c. Master I Wish You Love - 4:45(Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
d. Master I Feel A Song Coming On - 2:17(Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
e. Master When Sunny Gets Blue - 5:37(Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal)
All titles on: PROGRESSIVE CS/LP7028 — Sweet And Swinging   (1978)
PROGRESSIVE©Century LP/CDULS-6080G / ULS-1671 / KUK 82G / CECC 00353 (Japan) [CD rel. 1991] — Chris' Corner   (1978)
AUDIOPHILE LP/CDAP 208 / ACD 208 [CD rel. 1995] — Sweet And Swinging   (1988)

Dating & Masters

"Out of This World," "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Wish You Love" were overdubbed on February 28, 1978.


Personnel

1. Jerry Dodgion
Jerry Dodgion's flute on "Out Of This World" and "I Wish You Love" only.


Date: April 30, May 1, or May 3, 1978
Location: CI Recording Studios, New York
Label: NOVUS

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

a. Master Wende - 3:22(Richard R. Bennett, Dominique St. John, Ran Blake)
NOVUS LPAN 3006 — [Ran Blake] Rapport   (1978)

Personnel

Richard Rodney Bennett was a guest -- rather than a scheduled performer -- at this session. His contribution to the song's composition was, therefore, impromptu. (With the session ready to start, but the song still unfinished, the session's participants enlisted Bennett for help.)


Date: December 12, 1978
Location: Pioneer Studio

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

a. Master Come In From The Rain - 3:39(Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager)
b. Master A Baby's Born - 3:49(Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
c. Master I'll Catch The Sun - 3:57(Rod McKuen)
d. Master Blue, Green, Grey And Gone - 3:22(Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Francis Lemarque)
e. Master Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) - 3:27(Bart Howard)
f. Master More Today Than Yesterday - 3:22(Pat Upton)
g. Master Alone Together - 2:40(Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
h. Master Baltimore Oriole - 2:53(Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
i. Master All Or Nothing At All - 2:50(Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
All titles on: LOBSTER LPLOB LDC-1015 (Japan) — Alone Together   (1979)
Tdk Licensed CDTDCN-5046E (Japan) — Alone Together {Chris Connor, Anita O'Day}    (1993)
Absord Music Licensed CDABCJ-335 (Japan) — Alone Together {Chris Connor, Anita O'Day}    (2004)

Masters And Issues

1. Alone Together [LP]
2. The Direct-To-Disc Recording Process
The album Alone Together was originally prepared for exclusive release in the Japanese market.

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

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

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

Alone Together has been digitally reissued twice: in 1993 (TDK Records) and in 2004 (Absorb Records).


3. Alone Together [CD; TDK]
4. Alone Together [CD; Absord]
5. Anita O'Day
These CD editions include five bonus tracks by Anita O'Day, also originally recorded for LOBster: "You Go To My Head," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Bluesette," "I'm Old Fashioned," and "Speak Low." The Absord edition is a straight reissue of the TDK version (same artwork, same track sequence).


Chris Connor Live At Sweet Basil (On Applause And Evidence Records)

In September and October 1981, Connor was performing at the Sweet Basil club in New York City. One night's worth of concerts (possibly two sets) was broadcast on NPR stations. Two versions of the National Public Radio program have been commercially issued, one on LP and the other on CD. For specifics, consult the Live, Radio, And Television page, under the date September 25, 1981.


Date: April 25 & 27, 1983
Location: Toshiba-EMI Studios No. 1 & No. 2, Tokyo
Label: CAPITOL©EMI Eastworld

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

a. Master I Love Being Here With You(Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
b. Master The Thrill Is Gone(Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
c. Master Solitude(Ed DeLange, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
d. Master A Foggy Day - 5:18(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All titles on: CAPITOL©EMI Eastworld LP/CDEWJ 90028 & CP38-3140 (Japan) [CD issued 1987, 1998, etc.] — Three Pearls {Ernestine Anderson, Chris Connor, Carol Sloane}   (1984)

Issues

1. Three Pearls
This album was produced for and released in the Japanese market only.


Personnel

The Three Pearls dates featured the following vocalists: Ernestine Anderson, Chris Connor, and Carol Sloane. The trio sings together only in one song, "A Foggy Day." All other numbers are sung individually. Not entered in this discography are the numbers recorded by Anderson and by Sloane, without Connor's participation. (Anderson's: "What's New" and "Someday My Prince Will Come." Sloane's: "All Of Me," "Love Walked In," "Early Autumn" and "Willow Weep For Me.")


Date: September 12 & 19, 1983
Location: Lobel Studio, West New York, NJ
Label: STASH

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

a. Master I Love Being Here With You - 2:10(Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee) / arr: Russ Kassoff
b. Master The Thrill Is Gone - 2:24(Lew Brown, Ray Henderson) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
c. Master Like Someone In Love - 4:57(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Russ Kassoff
d. Master This Is It - 2:55(Arthur Schwartz, Dorothy Fields) / arr: Russ Kassoff
e. Master Rio - 2:09(Peter Allen) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
STASH CDST-CD-526 — [Various Artists] The 15th Anniversary Stash Sampler   (1993)
f. Master How Little We Know - 3:08(Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael) / arr: Russ Kassoff
g. Master Anyone Home - 4:58(Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
h. Master Baia - 4:44(Ary Barroso) / arr: Russ Kassoff
i. Master Come Rain Or Come Shine - 2:06(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
All titles on: STASH LPST-332 — Love Being Here With You   (1983)
STASH CDST-CD-14 — A Double Date With Helen Forrest and Chris Connor {Helen Forrest, Chris Connor}   (1989)

Songs

1. "How Little We Know"
There are two frequently recorded songs which bear the title "How Little We Know." Chris Connor happened to record both of them. The one done at this session ("Maybe it happens this way, / Maybe we really belong together, / But after all, how little we know. / Maybe it's just for a day; / Love is as changeable as the weather / And after all, how little we know" ... ) originated in the 1944 movie To Have And To Have Not, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.


Date: August 5 & 6, 1986
Location: Secret Sound Studios, New York
Label: FANTASY's Contemporary

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

a. Master Let's Face The Music And Dance - 2:38(Irving Berlin) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
FANTASY CD60056-2 — [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies, Vol. 2   (2001)
FANTASY©Atlantic Warner CDunknown number — [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies   (2004)
b. Master Laura - 4:12(Johnny Mercer, David Raksin) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
c. Master Sweet Happy Life (Samba de Orfeu) - 2:40(Luiz Bonfá, Norman Gimbel, Antonio Maria Araujo de Moraes, Andre Michel C. Salvet) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
d. Master In Love In Vain - 3:37(Jerome Kern, Leo Robin) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
e. Master What Is This Thing Called Love? - 0:36(Cole Porter) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
f. Master You Don't Know What Love Is - 1:52(Don Raye, Gene DePaul) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
g. Master Love - 2:29(Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
h. Master Ten Cents A Dance - 4:10(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
i. Master Blame It On My Youth - 4:04(Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
j. Master Brazil - 3:34(Ary Barroso, Bob Russell) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
k. Master We'll Be Together Again - 4:30(Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
l. Master Let's Take The Long Way Home - 2:40(Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 15023 — Classic   (1987)
FANTASY CD60056-2 — [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies, Vol. 2   (2001)
FANTASY©Atlantic Warner CDunknown number — [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies   (2004)
m. Master The Nearness Of You - 2:41(Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
All titles on: FANTASY's Contemporary CDCCD-14023-2 — Classic   (1992)

Songs

1. "Love Medley"
Performed as a three-song "Love Medley" (4:57) are "What Is This Thing Called Love," "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Love."


Personnel

1. Mike Abene
2. Richard Rodney Bennett
Acoustic piano played by Mike Abene on "Let's Face The Music And Dance," "Sweet Happy Life," "In Love In Vain," the "Love Medley" and "Brazil."

Acoustic piano played by Richard Rodney Bennett on "Laura," "Ten Cents A Dance," "Blame It On My Youth," "We'll Be Together Again," "Let's Take The Long Way Home" and "The Nearness Of You."

Bennett plays DX-7 on "Sweet Happy Life," the "Love Medley" and "Brazil."

Mike Abene plays DX-7 on "Laura" only.


Date: August 17-19, 1987
Location: Counterpoint Studios, New York
Label: FANTASY's Contemporary

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

a. Master Dearly Beloved - 3:05(Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Mike Abene
FANTASY CD____ — [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies, Vol. 1   (2001)
b. Master Down In Brazil - 4:11(Michael Franks) / arr: Mike Abene
c. Master I Never Meant To Hurt You - 3:46(Laura Nyro) / arr: Mike Abene
d. Master Love Locked Out - 3:14(Ray Noble, M. Kester) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
e. Master Cheek To Cheek - 2:00(Irving Berlin) / arr: Mike Abene
f. Master That Face - 1:25(Lew Spence, Alan Bergman) / arr: Mike Abene
g. Master Dancing In The Dark - 2:35(Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz) / arr: Mike Abene
h. Master It Only Happens When I Dance With You - 0:20(Irving Berlin) / arr: Mike Abene
i. Master Mad About The Boy - 3:06(Noel Coward) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
j. Master Antonio's Song - 4:17(Michael Franks) / arr: Mike Abene
FANTASY CD410 — [Various Artists] Pops In Jazz, Vol. 2   (2004)
k. Master I Wish I'd Met You - 4:12(Johnny Mandel, Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
l. Master My Foolish Heart - 5:02(Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
m. Master Saturday Night(Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
n. Master Little White Lies(Walter Donaldson) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
o. Master I Wish I Didn't Love You So(Frank Loesser) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
p. Master I've Heard That Song Before(Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
q. Master Everything Old Is New Again(Peter Allen) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
All titles on: FANTASY's Contemporary CS/LP5C/C 14038 — New Again   (1987)
FANTASY's Contemporary CDCCD-14038-2 — New Again   (1992)

Songs

1. "Astaire Medley"
Performed as a 4-song "Astaire Medley" (5:40) are "Cheek To Cheek," "That Face," "Dancing In The Dark" and "It Only Happens When I Dance With You."

2. "Jukebox Medley"
Performed as a 5-song "Jukebox Medley" (6:03) are "Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)," "Little White Lies," "I Wish I Didn't Love You So," "I've Heard That Song Before" and "Everything Old Is New Again."


Personnel

1. Helen Keane
2. Lori Muscarelle
Produced by Helen Keane, with Lori Muscarelle as executive producer.

3. Dave Valentin
Dave Valentin's flute on "Antonio's Song" and "Down In Brazil" only. Flute in other songs by Bill Kirchner.

4. Mike Abene
5. Richare Rodney Bennett
Mike Abene played acoustic piano on some songs ("Dearly Beloved," the "Astaire Medley" and "Mad About The Boy"), and DX-7 on others ("I Wish I'd Met You" and the following selections from the "Jukebox Medley:" "Little White Lies," "I've Heard That Song Before," "Everything Old Is New Again"). He played both instruments in other songs ("Down In Brazil," "I Never Meant To Hurt You," "Antonio's Song," "My Foolish Heart"), too.

Richard Rodney Bennett also played DX-7 in some songs ("Down In Brazil," "Mad About The Boy," "Antonio's Song") and acoustic piano in others ("Love Locked Out," "I Wish I'd Met You;" and the following selections from the "Jukebox Medley:" "Saturday Night," "I Wish I Didn't Love You So," and "Everything Old Is New Again").


Chris Connor Does London (The Pizza Park Connection)

In September of 1990, Chris Connor was performing at the Pizza Park in London. Various dates from that engagement were taped. Audiophile Records issued one CD's worth of them under the title The London Connection. For further details, consult the Concert, Radio, And Television page, under September 20, 21, and 22, 1990.


Date: March 30 & 31 and April 1 & 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set]
Location: Clinton Recording Studio, New York
Label: ALFA JAZZ

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

a. Master Falling In Love With Love - 4:03(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
b. Master As Time Goes By - 6:51(Herman Hupfeld) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
Koch's Jazzfest Licensed CD__ — [Various Artists] Songs Of Love, Peace, Understanding And A Little Headache   (1997)
c. Master September In The Rain - 3:37(Al Dubin, Harry Warren) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
d. Master Gone With The Wind - 4:58(Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
e. Master Everything I've Got - 3:53(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
Koch's Jazzfest Licensed CD2226 — [Various Artists] Ladies In Jazzland   (1997)
Koch's Jazzfest Licensed CD2217 — [Various Artists] Sing Me A Song Of Jazz   (1997)
f. Master Long Ago (And Far Away) - 4:08(Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
g. Master A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening - 3:46(Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
h. Master A Foggy Day - 5:24(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
Enja Licensed CD9300 [Germany] — [Various Artists] Ballads   (1996)
i. Master Strike Up The Band - 2:20(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
Koch's Jazzfest Licensed CD2208 — [Various Artists] Sincerely, George & Ira Gershwin   (1997)
j. Master Goodbye - 7:03(Gordon Jenkins) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
All titles on: ALFA JAZZ CDALCR-111 (Japan) — As Time Goes By   (1991)
Enja Licensed CDENJ-7061 2 (Germany) — As Time Goes By   (1991)

Issues

1. As Time Goes By
This disc seems to have been originally recorded for the Japanese record market, but it was also licensed to the European label Enja.


Arrangements And Arrangers

1. Richard Rodney Bennett
This album uses head arrangements, with some basic intros and chord sequences supplied by Richard Rodney Bennett. In the arranger's own words: "I know very little about it and I was in London when it was recorded, although I did the 'charts', such as they were. As Time Goes By and another album called Angel Eyes were done strictly for the Japanese market, or so we thought. They were done at the speed of light - I just wrote chord sequences for the players with occasional intro, and the players ... rushed into the studio, did one or two takes and rushed out again."


Date: March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set]
Location: Clinton Recording Studio, New York
Label: ALFA JAZZ

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

a. Master Unforgettable(Irving Gordon) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
b. Master It Might As Well Be Spring(Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
c. Master Angel Eyes(Earl K. Brent, Matt Dennis) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
d. Master You Make Me Feel So Young(Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
e. Master The Nearness Of You(Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
f. Master I Get A Kick Out Of You(Cole Porter) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
g. Master All Alone(Irving Berlin) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
h. Master What'll I Do(Irving Berlin) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
i. Master This Can't Be Love(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
j. Master That Old Devil Called Love(Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
k. Master Lover(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: {Head Arrangement}
All titles on: ALFA JAZZ CDALCR-124 (Japan) — Angel Eyes   (1991)

Songs

1. "Berlin Medley"
Performed as a two-song Irving Berlin medley are "All Alone" and "What'll I Do."


Arrangements And Arrangers

1. Richard Rodney Bennett
This album uses head arrangements. At the session, Richard Rodney Bennet came up with most of the intros and chord sequences.


Issues

1. Angel Eyes [CD]
This disc was recorded for the Japanese record market and released therein only.


Record Labels

1. Alpha Jazz
According to Koji Yoshimura's liner notes (loosely translated from his Japanese) for the CD Angel Eyes, "Alpha Jazz is a famous label created in Japan. Jazz albums by amazing artists such as Hank Jones and Kenny Drew have been on high demand not only in Japan but also abroad. One of the amin selling points of the Alapha Jazz label is that they sell jazz music which is favored by Japanese people ... Alpha Jazz ... started to produce vocal music recently. Chris Connor was the first one they produced.


Date: May 31 and June 2 & 4, 1992
Location: Sound on Sound Recording Studio, New York
Label: ALFA JAZZ

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

a. Master Come Fly With Me - 4:31(Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
b. Master Summertime - 4:22(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
c. Master Funny (Not Much) - 5:36(Marcia Neil, Phillip Folsom Broughton, Hughie Prince, Bob Merrill) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
d. Master You Go To My Head - 3:55(John Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
e. Master Night And Day - 5:23(Cole Porter) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
f. Master This Heart Of Mine - 3:34(Harry Warren, Ralph Freed) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
g. Master It's Easy to Remember - 4:25(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
h. Master Just One Of Those Things - 2:35(Cole Porter) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
i. Master My Funny Valentine - 5:04(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
j. Master Flying Down To Rio - 3:21(Gus Kahn, Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
k. Master Beauty and the Beast - 3:20(Alan Menken, Howard Ashman) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
l. Master The Last Dance - 4:10(Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
m. Master Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - 5:27(Cole Porter) / arr: Richard Rodney Bennett
ALFA JAZZ CDALC -__ (Japan) — Unforgettable   (1993)
All titles on: ALFA JAZZ CDALCR-253 (Japan) — My Funny Valentine   (1993)

Cross-references (And Dating)

1. Chris Connor On Video
2. June 2, 1992 Session
Pianist Bob Kaye has kindly uploaded footage of the June 4, 1992 session. It can be enjoyed here. All session participants are seen, including the date's producers and Connor's manager, Lori Muscarelle. Fellow singer Andy Bey also makes an appearance; he chats with Connor. (Other individuals, such as an assistant to producer Todd Barkan, are present as well.)

Connor and the other members of the personnel are seen in the acts of performing, overhearing playback, or recording the following songs:

My Funny Valentine
You Go To My Head
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Summertime

It stands to reason that these four numbers were recorded on June 2, 1992. However, official corroboration on this matter is not accessible to me. Nor do I know which of the other nine songs were recorded on May 31, and which were recorded on June 4. For these reasons, I have simply listed all the performances within this collective session, and in the same sequence in which the CD programmed them. (In other words, I have not separated the presumed June 2 numbers from the rest.)

For more visual footage of Connor in performance, consult the notes to the following dates in this discography's Concerts, Radio And Television page: December 24, 1992; February 22, 1995; and October 24, 2003.


Issues

1. My Funny Valentine [CD]
This disc was recorded for the Japanese record market, and accordingly released in Japan only.


Personnel

1. Ted Ouimette
2. Jim Powell
My primary source for the this session personnel is the original CD release (My Funny Valentine). I have also taken a look at the aforementioned video footage, which opens with a credit card in which almost the exact same personnel s listed. The only difference pertains to the trumpeter: the CD identifies him as Jim Powell, the card as Tim Ouimette. The CD actually includes a photo of the session's trumpet man, with a caption that further refers to him as Jim Powell. In the video footage, the same man shown is the photo is seen playing the trumpet at the session -- most notably, during his "You Go To My Head" solo, around 5:58.


Date: June 13 & 15 & 17 and July 5 & 6, 1995
Location: [Rudy] Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Label: ALFA JAZZ

Chris Connor (ldr), Todd Barkan, Satosh Hirano (pdr), Frank Vicari (ss, ts), Lew Soloff (t), Chip Jackson (b), Mike Abene (p), Dom Chicchetti (snt), Danny Gottlieb (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. Master Dearly Beloved - 3:03(Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Mike Abene
b. Master All The Way - 4:27(Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) / arr: Mike Abene
c. Master Days Of Wine And Roses - 4:00(Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Mike Abene
d. Master All Through The Night - 5:18(Cole Porter) / arr: Mike Abene
e. Master Singing In The Rain - 3:14(Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown) / arr: Mike Abene
f. Master The Crying Game - 3:55(Geoff Stephens) / arr: Mike Abene
g. Master Wild Is The Wind - 5:35(Dmitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) / arr: Mike Abene
h. Master So In Love - 4:08(Cole Porter) / arr: Mike Abene
i. Master Blue Moon - 4:47(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Mike Abene
j. Master That's Entertainment - 3:47(Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz) / arr: Mike Abene
k. Master Can You Feel The Love Tonight - 4:23(Tim Rice, Elton John) / arr: Mike Abene
l. Master Be A Clown - 3:17(Cole Porter) / arr: Mike Abene
All titles on: ALFA JAZZ CDALCB-3902 (Japan) — Blue Moon   (1995)

Issues

1. Blue Moon [CD]
This disc was recorded for the Japanese record market and released therein only.


Personnel

1. Dom Chicchetti
Synthesizers by Dom Chicchetti on "All The Way," "The Crying Game," "Wild Is The Wind," "Blue Moon," and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" only.


Date: March 10 & 12, 2001
Location: Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Label: HIGHNOTE

Chris Connor (ldr), Mike Abene (pdr, p), Bill Easley (f, ts), Ingrid Jensen (t, fh), Chip Jackson, Steve LaSpina (b), Dennis Mackrel (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. Master By Myself - 3:27(Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) / arr: Mike Abene
b. Master Haunted Heart - 5:24(Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz) / arr: Mike Abene
c. Master Snowfall - 3:30(Ruth Thornhill, Claude Thornhill) / arr: Mike Abene
d. Master But Not For Me - 3:23(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Mike Abene
e. Master Stairway To The Stars - 4:36(Frank Signorelli, Matt Malneck, Mitchell Parish) / arr: Mike Abene
HIGHNOTE CD756007 — [Various Artists] Jazz For Singers & Dreamers   (2002)
f. Master Key Largo - 3:22(Benny Carter, Karl Suessdorf, Leah Worth) / arr: Mike Abene
g. Master Only The Lonely - 4:10(Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) / arr: Mike Abene
h. Master Day In - Day Out - 4:04(Rube Bloom, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Mike Abene
i. Master I Wished On The Moon - 3:09(Dorothy Parker, Ralph Rainger) / arr: Mike Abene
j. Master Drinking Again - 3:09(Johnny Mercer, Doris Tauber) / arr: Mike Abene
All titles on: HIGHNOTE CD7079 — Haunted Heart   (2001)

At The Recording Session

Chris Connor's companion and personal manager Lori Muscarelle has informally reminisced about some of the lighter moments that took place during these sessions: "Drinking Again was the most fun to record. I wish they had put the dialogue between Mike Abene and Chris in the recording. You can almost hear Chris holding back laughter while recording this tune. Michael and Chris worked today in 'those days' so it was funny to hear their comments between takes. Also on Haunted Heart Chris broke us up when both she and the band were screwing up the arrangement and she sang we're haunted, haunted, haunted, we're out of here before the ghost gets us all. Something like that. [Meanwhile,] foolish me, I was searching the sheet music looking for the lyric, thinking, that doesn't sound right!"


Personnel

1. Bill Easley
Flute or tenor saxophone, played by Bill Easley, on "By Myself," "Snowfall," "But Not For Me," "Stairway To The Stars" and "Day In, Day Out."

2. Ingrid Jensen
Trumpet or flugelhorn, played by Ingrid Jensen, on "By Myself," "Haunted Heart," "But Not For Me," "Key Largo" and "Day In, Day Out."

3. Chip Jackson
Bass played by Chip Jackson's on "By Myself," "Haunted Heart," "Only The Lonely" and "Day In, Day Out."

4. Steve Laspina
Bass played by Steve Laspina on "Snowfall," "But Not For Me," "Stairway To The Stars," "Key Largo" and "I Wished On the Moon."

5. Dennis Mackrel
Dennis Mackrel's drums on all songs, except "Drinking Again."


Date: April 2002
Location: The Studio, New York
Label: King Licensed

Chris Connor (ldr), Naoki Fujimoto, Shigeyuki Kawashima (pdr), Andy Snitzer (sax), Joe Magnarelli (t), Roger Blanc (g), Chip Jackson (b), Dave Matthews (p), Terry Silverlight (d), Chris Connor (v)

a. Master Lullaby Of Birdland - 2:52(George Shearing, George David Weiss) / arr: Dave Matthews
b. Master Like Someone In Love - 3:32(Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Dave Matthews
c. Master My Shining Hour - 3:32(Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) / arr: Dave Matthews
d. Master Cry Me A River - 3:38(Arthur Hamilton) / arr: Dave Matthews
e. Master I've Got You Under My Skin - 3:22(Cole Porter) / arr: Dave Matthews
f. Master That Old Feeling - 3:18(Lew Brown, Sammy Fain) / arr: Dave Matthews
g. Master Ev'rything I Love - 3:03(Cole Porter) / arr: Dave Matthews
h. Master Baltimore Oriole - 4:25(Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Dave Matthews
i. Master The Shining Sea - 3:28(Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel) / arr: Dave Matthews
j. Master Sentimental Journey - 5:04(Les Brown, Ben Homer, Bud Green) / arr: Dave Matthews
k. Master I'm A Fool To Want You - 3:17(Joel. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) / arr: Dave Matthews
l. Master I'll Remember April - 4:11(Gene DePaul, Don Raye, Patricia Johnston) / arr: Dave Matthews
All titles on: HIGHNOTE CD7108 — Everything I Love   (2003)
King Licensed CDKICJ-456 (Japan) — Lullaby Of Birdland   (2003)

Issues & Collectors' Corner

1. Lullaby Of Birdland [King CD, KICJ-456, Japan, 2003]
2. Everything I Love [HighNote CD, 2003]
This session's songs were recorded while Chris Connor was under contract with the HighNote label. I do not know if her contract with the label was an exclusive one.

King issued the album in Japan under the title Lullaby Of Birdland. HighNote released it in the United States under the title Everything I Love. Both issues came out the same year. According to online data, the HighNote edition was released first, on July 29, 2003. The King edition is listed as issued exactly two months later, on September 29, 2003.

I have been told that the session was made for King Records Ltd. (not for HighNote) and that King later licensed the masters to HighNote. Similar details were included in various obituary notices. I am somewhat doubtful about the accuracy of this piece of information, however.

The artwork used for the respective King and HighNote front covers is different. Whereas HighNote picked a contemporaneous (albeit rather unflattering) photo of Connor, King used a drawing of a dark city avenue, with cars in sight, and a sunset as background.


Date: May 17 & 19, 2002
Location: M & I Recording Studios, New York
Label: HIGHNOTE

Chris Connor (ldr), Mike Abene (pdr, p), Arthur Sussman (s-a), Bill Easley (r), Jack Wilkins (g), Chip Jackson (b), Dennis Mackrel (d), Memo Acevedo (per), Chris Connor (v)

a. Master (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 - 4:12(Bobby Troup) / arr: Mike Abene
b. Master Where Can I Go Without You? - 5:00(Peggy Lee, Victor Popular Young) / arr: Mike Abene
c. Master Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) - 4:06(Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees, Buddy Kaye) / arr: Mike Abene
d. Master That Old Black Magic - 3:23(Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Mike Abene
e. Master How High The Moon - 3:58(Nancy Hamilton, William Morgan Lewis) / arr: Mike Abene
f. Master I Walk With Music - 3:18(Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Mike Abene
g. Master Serenade In Blue - 5:04(Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) / arr: Mike Abene
h. Master Shall We Dance? - 2:39(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Mike Abene
i. Master This Heart Of Mine - 5:08(Harry Warren, Ralph Freed) / arr: Mike Abene
j. Master On The Road Again - 3:14(Willie Nelson) / arr: Mike Abene
All titles on: HIGHNOTE CD7095 — I Walk With Music   (2002)

Personnel

1. Bill Easley
Reeds, played by Bill Easley, on "Route 66," "That Old Black Magic," "Serenade In Blue," "Shall We Dance" and "On The Road Again" only.

2. Jack Wilkins
Jack Wilkins' guitar on all tracks, except "How High the Moon" and "This Heart Of Mine."

3. Memo Acevedo
Percussion, played by Memo Acevedo, on "Route 66," "Quiet Nights," "That Old Black Magic" and "On The Road Again" only."


A Note About "Live" Albums
Readers in search of live albums recorded by Chris Connor (be it during this period or during any other) should consult the page for Concert, Radio & Television Dates. Legitimate record labels that have released live dates by Connor include Atlantic (September 13, 1959), FM (1963), Applause & Evidence (both: September-October, 1981), and Audiophile (September 20-22, 1990).


Sessions Reported: 26

Performances Reported: 215

Unique Songs Reported: 198

Unique Issues Reported: 60