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Chris Connor / Softly and Swingin'

Chris Connor / Softly and Swingin'

by Hajime 16. January 2007 23:43

New arrival at Eastwind Import

Chris Connor, the popular and well-respected jazz singer with husky voice and cool jazz sensibility, came to Japan in 1969 to entertain American soldiers who were stationed there at the height of the Vietnam War. She did not perform for the Japanese audience, but the people at JVC caught the opportunity to record her with top-notch Japanese jazz group.

This CD is especially important because Connor recorded few albums during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her voice here is strong, and expressions confident. The band, consisting of top Japanese musicians, show a subtle influence of more agressive and "free" style that was gaining popularity at the time. Their selection of popular songs at the time, including one of the Beatles', on "Side B" also reflects the sign of the times.

Made avalable as a CD for the first time in November 2006, this collector's item is strongly recommended for all jazz vocal fans, and especially Chris Connor fans!




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