Better Than Anything CD (2008)

Artist: Nnenna Freelon

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Label Redeye Distribution
SKU 206683869
UPC 888072305144
UPC 14 00888072305144
Format CD
Release Date 1/15/2008
Author Nnenna Freelon
Associated Artist/Work Blanchard, Terence
Associated Artist/Work John Brown
Technical Info
Producer Michael Abene; Gretchen Hoffman Abene (Compilation); Don Mizell (Compilation)
CatalogID 30514
Lable Name Concord
Released 01/22/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 3s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00888072305144
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Liner Note Author: Don Mizell.
Recording information: 02/1996-04/2005.
Photographer: Randee Saint Nicholas.
Arrangers: Nnenna Freelon; Brandon McCune.
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
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t offers a vivid snapshot of the singer's vibrant, soulful style..."
Disc 1
1 Better Than Anything
2 I Won't Dance
3 Straighten Up and Fly Right
4 Nature Boy
5 Them There Eyes
6 I Say A Little Prayer
7 Body and Soul [Live]
8 Button Up Your Overcoat
9 Tears Of A Clown, The - (Live)
10 Ooh Child
11 One Child At A Time
12 Balm In Gilead
Product Attributes
Artist Freelon,Nnenna
Label Concord Jazz
Music Format Compact Disc

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