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Format: CD
Sku: 206683869
UPC: 888072305144
UPC 14: 00888072305144
Release Date: 1/15/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Better Than Anything ~ Nnenna Freelon
2. I Won't Dance ~ Nnenna Freelon
3. Straighten Up and Fly Right ~ Nnenna Freelon
4. Nature Boy ~ Nnenna Freelon
5. Them There Eyes ~ Nnenna Freelon
6. I Say A Little Prayer ~ Nnenna Freelon
7. Body and Soul [Live] ~ Nnenna Freelon
8. Button Up Your Overcoat ~ Nnenna Freelon
9. Tears Of A Clown, The - (Live) ~ Nnenna Freelon
10. Ooh Child ~ Nnenna Freelon
11. One Child At A Time ~ Nnenna Freelon
12. Balm In Gilead ~ Nnenna Freelon

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Nnenna Freelon (vocals); Sounds of Blackness, Take 6 (vocals, background vocals); Scott Sawyer, James Harrah, Julian Lage (guitar); Jessica Ivry (cello); Dave Valentin (flute); Gerald Albright (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dick Oatts, Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone); Matt Shulman (trumpet); Ed Neumeister (trombone); Takana Miyamoto (piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Tim Heintz (piano, organ, keyboards); Brandon McCune (piano, organ); Michael Abene, Bill Anschell (piano); Wayne Batchelor (acoustic bass); Clarence Penn, Woody Williams, Ricky Lawson (drums); Luis Conte, Sammy Figueroa, Beverly Botsford (percussion).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Don Mizell.
Muze PNote Recording information: 02/1996-04/2005.
Muze PNote Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Nnenna Freelon; Brandon McCune.
Muze PNote Nnenna Freelon has recorded for the Concord label since 1996. Better Than Anything has some of the high points from her first nine years with the company, drawing its dozen selections from six previously released CDs. Freelon had developed into an individual voice and a subtle improviser before she hooked up with Concord but she has grown in depth ever since, being increasingly willing to take chances and stretch herself into other idioms while staying true to her jazz vision. On Better Than Anything, seven of the dozen selections are jazz standards, with "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Balm in Gilead" being among the exceptions. But even such tunes as "Them There Eyes" (taken from a project that had modernized versions of Billie Holiday-associated songs) and "Body and Soul" sound different than expected. The most joyful performance is "Straighten Up and Fly Right," which teams Freelon with Take 6. They should record a full-length project someday. Better Than Anything is an excellent all-round sampler, although Nnenna Freelon's best fans will prefer to obtain her original CDs individually. ~ Scott Yanow

Producer: Michael Abene; Gretchen Hoffman Abene (Compilation); Don Mizell (Compilation)

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Concord Records 30th Anniversary Box
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Vocalists: Hear & Now
Muze Music Compilations Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversa
Muze Music Compilations N Coded Music Jazz Party Boxset
Muze Music Compilations Concord Jazz Super Adudio Cd Sampler

Associated Artists and Works

Monterey Jazz Festival: 50th Anniversary All-Stars ~ Blanchard, Terence
John Brown

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/22/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 30514
Music Label Name Label : Concord
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072305144

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t offers a vivid snapshot of the singer's vibrant, soulful style..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Freelon,Nnenna
Product attributeLabel:   Concord Jazz
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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