The Chris Connor Bio-Discography:
Chronological List Of Recordings
(Undated Issues Listed Last)
by Iván Santiago Mercado

Generated on Apr 1, 2012

Title: {There's A Small Hotel [vocal] / Sleepy Serenade [Thornhill instrumental}
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: 78     Label: RCA VICTOR     Cat. Num.: 20-3391     Rel. Year: 1949
03:01 01/06/1949 D9-BV-0049 There's A Small Hotel   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Gil Evans (arr), Claude Thornhill (con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)

NOTES:
Explanatory Comment About This Discography's Index Of Issues.

One special feature of Brian (the excellent discographical program with which I have prepared this discography) is the option to incorporate notes to indexes such as this one. Taking full advantage of this recently created feature, I have included quite a few notes under the albums and singles listed below. Duplicates of many of these notes can also be found in the main body of this work, the sessionography.

This automatically generated index lists all the issues (CDs, LPs, singles, etc.) that are part of the Chris Connor discography. The issues are ordered chronologically, by year of release. Issues for which I have no release data are placed at the end of the page.


Title: {I Don't Know Why [vocal] / Lullaby Of The Rain [Thornhill instrumental]}
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: 78     Label: RCA VICTOR     Cat. Num.: 20-3392     Rel. Year: 1949
03:15 01/06/1949 D9-VB-0048 I Don't Know Why   (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Claude Thornhill (arr, con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)


Title: {You're The Cream In My Coffee / Cherokee}
Artist: Jerry Wald and His Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: DECCA     Cat. Num.: 28203 / 9-28203     Rel. Year: 1952
02:39 04/17/1952 82696 Cherokee   (Ray Noble)
02:34 04/17/1952 82694 You're The Cream In My Coffee   (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
"Cherokee" is more of an instrumental than a vocal. Chris Connor hums the melody, very briefly, toward the end of the performance. No lyrics are sung.


Title: {Terremoto [vocal] / The Thrill Is Gone [Wald instrumental]}
Artist: Jerry Wald and His Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: DECCA     Cat. Num.: 28554 / 9-28554     Rel. Year: 1952
02:32 04/17/1952 82699 Terremoto   (unknown)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
"Terremoto" is actually a wordless vocal. In truth, the performance features very little of Connor, and very little of a vocal. She just hums the melody, briefly, at the beginning of the performance.


Title: {Pennies From Heaven / Raisins And Almonds}
Artist: Jerry Wald and His Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: DECCA     Cat. Num.: 29575 / 9-29575     Rel. Year: 1952
03:04 04/17/1952 82697 Pennies From Heaven   (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston)
02:54 04/17/1952 82698 Raisins and Almonds   (unknown)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {And The Bull Walked Around, Olé! / Jeepers Creepers}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 2388 / F 2388     Rel. Year: 1953
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!   (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (bkv)

NOTES:
In England, these two vocals were not issued on the same 78 single. "And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!" was combined with "Harlem Nocturne" (78 #LC-13939), "Jeepers Creepers" with the instrumental "The Creep" (78 #LC-14054). Both "Harlem Nocturne" and "The Creep" are Kenton instrumentals. All 4 masters were recorded in 1953.


Title: {All About Ronnie / Baia}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: 78 & 45     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 2511 / F 2511     Rel. Year: 1953
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Baia   (Ary Barroso)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Chris Connor contributes a wordless vocal to "Baia," which is credited on the label of the released single as an instrumental -- with no mention made of Connor's contribution. The flip side ("All About Ronnie") does credit "Chris Connors."

The September 19, 1953 issue of Melody Maker contains the following review: "All About Ronnie is a showcase for Stan Kenton's recent vocal discovery Chris Connor. He intended the record to be the one that would set the glamorous 25 year old Kansas City girl on the road to international fame, and was so concerned that it should do her full justice that he turned down the first recording, remade the title at a subsequent session and then scrapped that and did yet another remake at a later date. Yet, after all that, Capitol has not even stated on the label that the side features a vocalist, let alone her. Which is a pity, because Miss Connor certainly deserves a label credit. She may not be the world's greateat ever, but she shows up here as a modern style torch singer who can hold her own with any of the contemporaries in the field. She has a vibrant, luscious tone, sings well technically and knows how to tug the heart strings without descending to the exaggerated emotionalism and other affectations of the Johnnie Rays and other horrors, male and female, who somehow get themselves accepted as vocalists. Chris also has a leading role in Baia, but of a very different kind. Her voice is used 'instrumentally.' Maybe you won't think the result compares very favourably with Duke Ellington's Kay Davies or the bop offerings of Jackie Cain but if so the blame will be less Miss Connor's and more that of the arranger, the recording, and whoever directed her. The arrangement does no more than give the melody to articulate without any attempt to blend her with the rest of the band; the recording makes too much use of the echo chamber; and someone seems to have told her to just doo-ee-oo. The outcome is anything but imaginative or subtle as far as Chris' contribution is concerned. Otherwise the record is a typical Kenton Latin-American styled presentation, and while not his best, should satisfy most Kenton enthusiasts."

This single was released in England as a 78 disc with catalogue number CL-13691.


Title: [Stan Kenton] souvenir album, title unknown, issued to members of Cornell University's Rhythm Club
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: private issue     Cat. Num.:      Rel. Year: 1953
      April 15, 1953, At 8:15 p.m. All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
      April 15, 1953, At 8:15 p.m. Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bsx), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
These are selections from a much longer set that Chris Connor performed at a Cornell University concert appearance with The Stan Kenton Orchestra. (For Connor's full concert set, see Concert, Radio And Television page, April 15, 1953.) The concert was sponsored by the university's Junior Class Council Special Events Committee. This souvenir LP was given just to members of the university's Rhythm Club. Other listeners, not present at the date, were still able to enjoy the full broadcast thanks to its transmission on Ithaca's public radio station WVBR.

In the specific case of this non-commmercial item, please bear in mind that the assigned release date is actually an educated guess of mine.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Portraits On Standards
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: EP /(10" & 12") LPs     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: EBF/H/T-462     Rel. Year: 1953
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Baia   (Ary Barroso)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Relying on ads that Capitol placed in Billboard magazine issues from 1953 and early 1954, I am assigning a second-half-of-1953 release date to this album.

A February 20, 1954 ad lists both the EP and the 10" LP as available. The earlier (1953) ads do not clarify which configurations were available during that year; they just indicate that Portraits On Standards was available to the public in some shape or form.

As for the 12" LP version, it seems to have been issued in 1955 or, at the earliest, 1954.

In England, the original 10" LP was issued with catalogue number LC-6697.

Later reissues include a LP on Creative World and various CDs, such as a domestic one released in 2001 and a British disc, on Music For Pleasure (CDDL-1293).


Title: {Miser's Serenade / Blue Silhouette}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 78     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 1291     Rel. Year: 1954
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah / Ask Me}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 78     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 1293     Rel. Year: 1954
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland {Part 1}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-101A     Rel. Year: 1954
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland. I have added the clarification "part 1" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP with the same title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland {Part 2}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-101B     Rel. Year: 1954
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland. I have added the clarification "part 2" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP with the same title. In England, London Records released this EP as EZ-N 19010.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers {Part 1}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-102A     Rel. Year: 1954
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers. I have added the clarification "part 1" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP with the same title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers {Part 2}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-102B     Rel. Year: 1954
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers. I have added the clarification "part 2" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP with the same title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-1001     Rel. Year: 1954
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This LP was Bethlehem's very first album in its 10" series. It contains all the tracks which were released that same year (1954) in the two EPs of the same title (BEP-101A, BEP-101B).


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-1002     Rel. Year: 1954
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Along with Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland, this was one of the two albums that lauched Bethlehem's 10" LP series in 1954. It contains all the tracks which were also released, in the two EPs of the same title (BEP-102A, BEP-102B), on that same year.

The back cover shortens the title of the song "How Long Has This Beeen Goin On?" to just "How Long?"

In London, this 10" LP was issued by London Records as LZ-NI4007.


Title: Chris {Part 1}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-114     Rel. Year: 1955
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris. I have added the clarification "part 1" to differentiate it from later EPs that bear the same title (BEP-127 and BEP-130).

Bethlehem seems to have mistakenly released two EPs with catalogue number BEP-114: this one by Chris Connor and another one by Helen Carr, also a vocalist under Bethlehem contract in the mid-1950s. I hasten to add that my points on this subject matter should be deemed tentative, because I have not seen physical copies of either EP. My source for the claim about Carr is the back cover of another issue (BEP-126), in which a partial listing of Bethlehem's EP catalogue has been printed. In that listing, EP #114 is identified as Helen Carr's, not Chris Connor's. As for the reason why I claim that there is also a Connor EP numbered BEP-114, I have seen online photos and also have reliable data about it.

The release date that I am offering for Chris (BEP-114) is tentative, too. This EP could have come out in either 1954 or 1955.

It is also worth noting that Bethlehem assigned to Chris Connor a full sequence of EP catalogue numbers: #126, #127, #129, and #130. It stands to reason that the one number missing from the sequence (i.e., 128) would have also been assigned to Connor. However, I have found no mention of an EP with that number anywhere. I am thus left to ponder whether the number was left unused. Perhaps the Connor EP under discussion was slated to bear catalogue number BEP-128, but was instead erroneously given the number BEP-114, which belonged to the Helen Carr item?


Title: This Is Chris {Part 1}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-126     Rel. Year: 1955
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply This Is Chris. I have added the clarification "part 1" to differentiate it from other Bethlehem EPs with the same title.


Title: Chris {Part 2}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-127     Rel. Year: 1955
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), Sy Oliver (arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Milt Hinton (b), Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris. I have added the clarification "part 2" to differentiate it from another Bethlehem EP that bears the same title (BEP-114).


Title: This Is Chris {Part 2}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-129     Rel. Year: 1955
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply This Is Chris. I have added the clarification "part 2" to differentiate it from other Bethlehem EPs with the same title.


Title: Chris {Part 3}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BEP-130     Rel. Year: 1955
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Milt Hinton (b), Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The title of this EP is simply Chris. I have added the clarification "part 3" to differentiate it from other Bethlehem EPs with the same title.


Title: This Is Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-20     Rel. Year: 1955
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: LZ-N14036

From Japan:
2. ?Bethlehem ?LP: PAP-23029
3. Bethlehem LP: LLF1005
4. Polydor LP: MP2334
5. Angel ?LP: HV-3021
6. CBS Sony LP: 22AP-233
7. Nippon Columbia LP: COJY 9025
8. Nippon Columbia CD: 33CY1641 (1987, twofer)
9. Nippon Columbia CD: CY-3779 (1989, "Bethlehem Original Vocal Collection" Series)
10. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY 9921 (1992, "Vocal" series, no bonus tracks)
11. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY 75723
12. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-78662 (1995)
13. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ 62014 (1997)
14. EMI Toshiba CD: 6347 (2005)
15. EMI Toshiba CD: 6351 (2006)
16. Victor CD: VICJ 61462 (2007, miniature LP edition)

From the United States:
17. Bethlehem LP: BCP-5017 (1958)
18. Evidence CD: 20-5017-2 (1994; "Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series;" 12 bonus alternate takes)
19. Avenue Jazz CD: R2 76684 (2000; 12 bonus alternate takes)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958]     Rel. Year: 1956
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:50 01/23/1956 1853 Where Are You?   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Anything Goes   (Cole Porter)
03:27 01/19/1956 1836 When The Wind Was Green   (Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 He Was Too Good To Me   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:49 01/23/1956 1855 Ev'ry Time   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Way Out There   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 My April Heart   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:08 01/23/1956 1856 Almost Like Being In Love   (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (con), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), John Lewis, Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson, Connie Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
In addition to the 11 tracks listed above, this album includes one more, which is shown immediately belowi, in the next entry.

Connor's eponymous album was her debut on Atlantic Records, and has been touted as "the first jazz vocal LP ever released" on that label.

Out of all her albums, Atlantic 1228 was the one that Connor most often listed as a favorite of hers, too. (She was not completely consistent on this matter, however. Over the years, she occasionally singled other albums as her favorites as well, leaving this one unmentioned.)

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Australia:
1. Warner International / Special Markets CD: 273138 (2008; "Atlantic Master" Series)

From England:
2. London LP: HA-K-220
3. London LP: SAH-K 6032
4. WEA International CD: 7567-80769-2 (2000; "Atlantic Original Sound" Series; might have also been reissued or previously issued with a different catalogue number -- 130036? -- and as part of a different series)

From Japan:
5. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1050 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series; 2 bonus tracks)
6. Warner Music CD: WPCR-25017 (2005)
7. Warner Music CD: WPCR-25163 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks)

From the United States:
8. Collectables CD: COL 6239 (1999; twofer with two bonus tracks; misses two of the original album's tracks)
9. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4CD box; misses the same two original tracks as #8 and includes above-mentioned bonus tracks, which were taken from singles)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1228     Rel. Year: 1956
03:00 02/08/1956 1877-mono Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)

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)

NOTES:
This entry is actually a continuation of the one immediately above. (I have made separate entries for the track "Get Out Of Town" because Atlantic released two different vocal versions of it, one in the mono album, the other in the stereo album. The stereo LP was released in 1958.)


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 577     Rel. Year: 1956
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 My April Heart   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 He Was Too Good To Me   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Way Out There   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)

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

NOTES:
EP version of Chris Connor's eponymous debut album for Atlantic Records. I have not been able to find much data about it anywhere; the release date shown herein is an educated guess.


Title: {Past The Age Of Innocence / Go 'Way From My Window}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1097     Rel. Year: 1956
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Go 'Way From My Window   (John Jacob Niles)
02:38 02/15/1956 1879 Past The Age Of Innocence   (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens)

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


Title: {I Miss You So / My Heart Is So Full Of You}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1105     Rel. Year: 1956
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 My Heart Is So Full Of You   (Frank Loesser)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)

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

NOTES:
According to an article in the December 15, 1956 issue of Billboard magazine, "Atlantic signed Miss Connor as an album artist, and then decided to chance a couple of singles for the pop market. I Miss You So, the second of these singles, based on an old rhythm and blues hit, was released in August. Diskery worked on it a long time until it finally broke with heavy rotation in Detroit, Boston, and Cleveland ... This is one of the rare occasions that a jazz vocalist's disk has proved to be a strong pop seller."


Title: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1240/SD-1240     Rel. Year: 1956
03:46 06/05/1956 2009 High On A Windy Hill   (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)
03:57 06/05/1956 2006 'Round About   (Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash)
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
03:50 06/06/1956 2013 You Stepped Out Of A Dream   (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
03:46 06/06/1956 2010 Why Can't I?   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:11 06/06/1956 2011 Suddenly It's Spring   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:43 08/07/1956 2076 About The Blues   (Arthur Hamilton)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Oh! You Crazy Moon   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:30 08/07/1956 2073 Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry   (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
04:13 08/07/1956 2075 I Wonder What Became Of Me   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:53 08/07/1956 2074 Thursday's Child   (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)

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

NOTES:
According to Goldmine's Price Guide To Collectible Jazz Albums 1949-1969 , the stereo version of this album was not released until 1960.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1058 (Japan, 1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
2. Warner WPCR-25173 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
3. Collectables CD: COL 6239 (1999; twofer)
4. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Bethlehem's Girl Friends {Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae}
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-6006     Rel. Year: 1956
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
As I have indicated in the title, this early compilation culls masters recorded for Bethlehem by three female singers. It was reissued on CD by EMI Toshiba in 1999, catalogue number TOCJ-62074. In England, it was also split into three EPs; see the 1957 entry for London's Girl Friends.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland (Jazz Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: London     Cat. Num.: (England) Ez N19010     Rel. Year: 1956
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {Time Out For Tears / I Love You, Yes I Do}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1121     Rel. Year: 1957
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Time Out For Tears   (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 I Love You, Yes I Do   (Guy Wood, Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Henry Glover, Sally Nix)

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


Title: {Trust In Me / Mixed Emotions}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1138     Rel. Year: 1957
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Trust In Me   (Milton Ager, Jean Schwartz, Ned Wever)
02:50 10/16/1956 2160 Mixed Emotions   (Stuart Louchheim)

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


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2-601     Rel. Year: 1957     Volumes: 2
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Somebody Loves Me   (Buddy DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:34 04/24/1957 2483 Fascinating Rhythm   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:08 03/26/1957 2423 Little Jazz Bird   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:12 04/24/1957 2482 That Certain Feeling   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 The Man I Love   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:02 02/01/1957 2328 Looking For A Boy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 03/26/1957 2422 Clap Yo' Hands   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:39 03/26/1957 2425 My One And Only   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:38 02/01/1957 2327 Liza   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 I've Got A Crush On You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:31 02/01/1957 2324 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:00 02/01/1957 2326 Soon   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:45 02/01/1957 2329 I Got Rhythm   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:33 05/01/1957 2520 Embraceable You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 03/12/1957 2420 Blah Blah Blah   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:26 02/01/1957 2323 Of Thee I Sing   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 02/07/1957 2337 Love Is Sweeping The Country   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
01:41 02/26/1957 2388 There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 I Loves You Porgy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:09 02/07/1957 2334 I've Got Beginner's Luck   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Slap That Bass   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 They Can't Take That Away From Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:48 05/01/1957 2517 I Can't Be Bothered Now   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Nice Work If You Can Get It   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 (Our) Love Is Here To Stay   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 I Was Doing All Right   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 For You, For Me, For Evermore   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Jazz And Pop Vocalists Who Recorded Gershwin Songbooks In The Mid- To Late 1950s

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 was advertised in the June 17, 1957 issue of Billboard magazine as "the biggest single packaging project in [Atlantic's] history ... long in the planning stage ... [with] different ensembles." It seems to have been issued in monophonic sound only.

Connor's set was actually the earliest (1957) of three Gerswhin 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 numbers, 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' show Porgy and Bess, some of them recorded by solo acts (e.g., Pearl Bailey in 1959), some of them by the rosters of various record companies (e.g., Bethlehem, who enlisted Mel Tormé, Frances Faye, and Duke Ellington in 1956). Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song actually includes a three-song medley from the show; see session dated February 26, 1957.

B. Track Listing (LP Versus CD)

Although 32 titles are listed above, the original Almanac's total number of tracks is officially 30. Counted as one track is the aforementioned three-piece medley of songs from "Porgy And Bess": "Summertime," "There's A Boat Dat's Leaving For New York," and "I Loves You, Porgy." (The CD version contain the same 30 tracks plus four bonus numbers, for a total of 34 tracks.)

The first of the two LPs covers 16 tracks, from "Somebody Loves Me" to "Embraceable You." (In the CD versions, the first disc also contains 16 tracks, but the songs have been sequenced in a manner completely different from
the vinyl.)

C. Mono/Stereo Sound

The Almanac consists of two LPs and was -- as far as I can ascertain -- released in monophonic sound only. (See also comments under the 1960 issues Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1 and Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2.)

D. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP set.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic 2CD: AMCY-1051 & AMCY-1052 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
2. Warner CD: WPCR-25018 (2005)
3. Warner 2CD: WPCR-25164 / 25165 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio. "Quality silver pressing and top notch printing.")
4. Warner 2CD: WPCR-75362 / 75363 (2008; "Forever Young" Series; 24-bit audio)
[All these editions are listed as containing 4 bonus tracks. They are the same 4 bonuses that were released in the 1989 American edition, listed below.]

From the United States:
5. Atlantic 2CD: 601-2 (1989; includes 4 bonus tracks)
{6-8.} The original 1957 LP was scheduled for reissue in 1960 as two separate items (i.e., volume 1 and 2). However, I have yet to find verification that Atlantic actually released them; they might have been cancelled. In 1963, Atlantic's budget branch Clarion also released a drastically shortened, 10-song LP version, entitled Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin.

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: London     Cat. Num.: (England) Hb N 1074     Rel. Year: 1957
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This album appears to be an 8-song, 10" LP version of the 12-song, 12" LP Chris (aka The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor).


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 593     Rel. Year: 1957
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 I Was Doing All Right   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 I've Got A Crush On You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Somebody Loves Me   (Buddy DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:54 03/12/1957 2420 Blah Blah Blah   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Atlantic issued 4 EPs containing songs culled from Connor's Gershwin sessions. Aside from the printed title, the front covers of those EPs bear no similarity to the cover of the 12" Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song album. Whereas the LP features a photo of the singer, the EPs have no photo and no other type of artwork. They show just the the title and the artist's name. Each is a blank canvas of a different color: black (#593), green (#594), blue (#595), and red (#596). My thanks to Donald Martin for his kind and extensive help during the process of researching these EPs.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 594     Rel. Year: 1957
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:26 03/26/1957 2422 Clap Yo' Hands   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:02 02/01/1957 2328 Looking For A Boy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:48 05/01/1957 2517 I Can't Be Bothered Now   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free, Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The front cover of this EP has no photo and no other type of artwork. It is a nearly blank canvas, colored green, and showing just the artist's name and the issue's title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 595     Rel. Year: 1957
02:00 02/01/1957 2326 Soon   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 The Man I Love   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Nice Work If You Can Get It   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The front cover of this EP has no photo and no other type of artwork. It is a nearly blank canvas, colored blue, and showing just the artist's name and the issue's title.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 596     Rel. Year: 1957
02:39 03/26/1957 2425 My One And Only   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 02/07/1957 2337 Love Is Sweeping The Country   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:12 04/24/1957 2482 That Certain Feeling   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann (f), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free, Hank Jones (p), Ronnie Free, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The front cover of this EP has no photo and no other type of artwork. It is a nearly blank canvas, colored red, and showing just the artist's name and the issue's title.


Title: I Miss You So
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8014     Rel. Year: 1957
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Go 'Way From My Window   (John Jacob Niles)
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Trust In Me   (Milton Ager, Jean Schwartz, Ned Wever)
02:38 02/15/1956 1879 Past The Age Of Innocence   (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Time Out For Tears   (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 I Love You, Yes I Do   (Guy Wood, Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Henry Glover, Sally Nix)
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 My Heart Is So Full Of You   (Frank Loesser)
02:24 02/15/1956 1881 My Ideal   (Leo Robin, Richard Whiting, Newell Chase)
02:50 10/16/1956 2160 Mixed Emotions   (Stuart Louchheim)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 They All Laughed   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:34 02/15/1956 1880 Speak Low   (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill)
02:37 07/28/1956 2065 Radar Blues   (Harry Revel)

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

NOTES:

A. A Compilation Of Singles (11 Tracks From Singles Sessions + 1 From An Album Session)

This 1957 collection gathered all the songs that Chris Connor had hitherto recorded at singles sessions (as opposed to album 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)

The collection's twelfth song ("They All Laughed") is a master recorded as part of the sessions for the album Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song, but not included in that set. (It was included as a bonus track, however, in the CD version of the Almanac.)

B. Numbers Issued On 45 Versus Previously Unissued Numbers

Two thirds of I Miss You So had previously appeared on Atlantic singles:

Atlantic #1097: Go 'Way From My Window / Past The Age of Innocence
Atlantic #1105: I Miss You So / My Heart Is So Full of You
Atlantic #1121: Time Out For Tears / I Love You Yes I Do
Atlantic #1138: Trust In Me / Mixed Emotions

The other third consists of songs that had never been issued before:

My Ideal (recorded during singles session dated 2/15/56)
Speak Low (recorded during singles session dated2/15/56)
Radar Blues (recorded during singles session dated 7/28/56)
They All Laughed (recorded during Gershwin Almanac session dated 4/24/57)

C. Release Date

Goldmine's Price Guide To Collectible Jazz Albums 1949-1969 gives a 1956 date to I Miss You So. Given the album's inclusion of a song that was recorded in 1957 ("They All Laughed"), the price guide must be wrong. The best evidence that 1957 is the correct date comes from the following comments, made by the album's liner annotator, Ren Grenvatt:

"And what has happened to jazz in the dozen years since the end of World War II literally amounts to rebirth ......."

"Ten years or so later in 1957, jazz had gone through its growing pains. A new and genuine music has evolved."

One copy of the album -- possibly a library copy -- bears a December 27, 1957 date stamped on its back. It thus seems that I Miss You So came out late in 1957. It certainly came out after Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song, because that set is mentioned by Grenvatt in his liner notes.
The original LP was released in mono only.

D. Reissues
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1059 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series; 4 bonus tracks)
2. Warner CD: WPCR-25172 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 4 bonus tracks)

From the United States:
3. Collectables CD: COL 6814 (2001; twofer)
4. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4-CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.

E. A Sequel
Another LP that also compiles Connor's pop singles on Atlantic Records, and which can be considered a sequel to this one, is Misty, released in Japan only, in 1975.


Title: Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 580     Rel. Year: 1957
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 My Heart Is So Full Of You   (Frank Loesser)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 I Love You, Yes I Do   (Guy Wood, Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Henry Glover, Sally Nix)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Time Out For Tears   (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)

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

NOTES:
This EP is identified as I Miss You So in some sources but as Chris Connor in other sources. A look at the actual front cover reveals that the correct choice is just the singer's name. As for "I Miss You So", it is the title of the EP's first track.

I Miss You So is also the title of the 12" LP that contains this EP's 4 numbers, along with 8 others. Both the EP and the LP consist chiefly of songs that had been previously issued as singles.

Although the EP is basically a mini-edition of the LP, their respective covers couldn't be more different from one another. The LP features a photo of two couples by some trees. One of the couples is 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.

My primary sources do not give a release date for Atlantic EP #580. I found the above-given 1957 release year in a secondary source. For that reason, this bit of information should be considered tentative and in need of further corroboration. (That said, my belief is that, out of the alternatives at hand, 1957 makes the most sense.)


Title: Chris (aka The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-56     Rel. Year: 1957
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This Bethlehem LP (BCP 56) was actually issued under two titles: Chris and The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor. The two versions contain the same tracks and feature the same Burt Goldblatt photo on the front cover. There are a few minor differences between them, though. Most notably, the cover of The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor lists the album's twelve tracks and identifies the accompaniment as "Sy Oliver and others." On the other hand, neither tracks nor accompaniment are to be found in the front cover of Chris.

For this release, Bethlehem combined previously issued numbers (half of the album; specifically, the 1954 masters + the 1955 performance of "From This Moment On") with numbers that were making their comercial debut (the other 1955 numbers and the trio of 1953 masters).

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: HA-K2020
2. London LP: HB-N1074
3. Ember LP: 3341 (under the title The Magic Of Chris Connor, 1962)

From Japan:
4. CBS Sony LP: 22AP-234
5. Ember LP: PAP-Ember EMB-3341 (I have not seen a copy, but I presume that its title is The Magic Of Chris Connor)
6. Angel LP: HV-3
7. Nippon Columbia CD: 33CY-1641 (1987, twofer)
8. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-6491 (1990, "Bethlehem Original Vocal Collection" Series)
9. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-9931 (1992, "Vocal" Series)
10. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-78663 (1995)
11. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-62015 (1999)
12. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-9617 (2004, miniature LP edition, 24 bit remaster CD, original 12 tracks only)
13. Victor CD: VICJ 61463 (2007, miniature LP edition)

From the United States:
14. Evidence CD (1994): 20-4011-2 (1994; "Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series;" 12 bonus alternate takes)
14. Avenue Jazz CD: R2 75988 (2000; 12 bonus alternate takes)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-6004     Rel. Year: 1957
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. A Reissue Of Which Earlier Album(s)?

An oddity about this 12" LP is that, contrary to expectations, it is not an expanded edition of the 1954 10" LP of the same title. At least, not fully so. This 12" version actually skips 3 of the 8 numbers that had appeared in the 10" issue (namely, "I Hear Music," "Come Back To Sorrento," "All About Ronnie"), and adds 9 numbers. Therefore, the twelve incher is, at most, a partial, rather than a full reissue of the 10 incher.

Actually, there is a more precise description of what this album is or isn't. Rather than a partial reissue of just the 10" LP Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland, the 12" LP is best understood as a partial reissue of both that ten incher and its companion, Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers. Of the 16-total song output from that pair of albums, the LP under discussion includes 11. One likely reason why the other 5 numbers were not included: they had already been issued on the 12" format, as part of the LP Chris, which Bethlehem had released earlier in 1957.

This 12" LP (Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland) also includes 3 songs culled from Connor's debut Bethlehem session. All three of them had been previously issued on 78 and EP, but not on LP.

B. Total Number Of Tracks: 12 Or 13?

Some online sites list only 13 tracks for this album. My copy definitely has 14 tracks, and so do the other copies that I have seen. However, the LP exists in two versions -- as discussed in the next paragraph. Perhaps the version with which I am not completely acquainted misses one track. (Should that be the case, the missing track would be "Ask Me.")

C. Collectors' Corner: Alternate Cover Artwork

Yet one more irregularity about this album (BCP 6004) is that it came in two slightly different front covers. The covers are actually shots from the same photo session. Both show Connor from her shoulders up, caught in the act of singing. She is wearing a yellow shirt. In the most widely disseminated cover, the singer's mouth is wide open and her eyes are closed. In the rarer cover, her mouth is barely open (showing just her upper teeth) and her eyes are open. Otherwise, cover and artwork are essentially identical, and the tracks are the same in both versions.

The catalogue number is the same for the American versions, but in Japan the covers can be found in different labels, for instance, Angel HV 3001 uses the "open mouth" cover, whereas Polydor MP 3240 features the "closed mouth" photo.

My copy of the "open mouth" version is actually a reissue that keeps the original BCP 6004 catalogue number but identifies itself as a 1984 pressing from Cayre Industries.

D. Reissues

This 1957 album has been reissued many times. I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues.

From England:
1. Parlophone LP: PMC 1082

From France:
2. 6823MY217 (unknown whether this is a LP or a CD; label is listed as Bethlehem but should actually be whichever French label had the rights to issue and/or distribute the original album)

From Japan:
3. Angel ?LP: HV-3001
4. Polydor ?LP: MP-3240
5. CBS/Sony LP: SOPL283BH (release date believed to fall between 1973 and 1979)
6. Nippon Columbia LP: COJY-9023
7. Trio LP: PAP-23003 (14 original songs)
8. Nippon Columbia CD: 30CY1432 (1987, no bonus tracks)
9. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-9916 (1992, "Vocal" series, no bonus tracks)
10. Nippon Columbia CD: COCY-78661 (1995, two bonus alternate tracks = 16 tracks)
11. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-62016 (1999, two bonus alternate takes = 16 tracks)
12. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCP-9307 (2001)
13. ___ CD: KICJ-456 (2003)
14. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-6342 (2005; 24-bit audio)
15. Victor CD: VICJ-61452 (2007, "miniature LP" edition, two bonus alternate takes, "miniature LP" edition; listings indicate that "Why Shouldn't I?" and "Stella By Starlight" are the bonus alternate tracks)
16. Victor CD: VICJ-61633 (2010, two bonus alternate takes; listings indicate that "Why Shouldn't I?" and "Stella By Starlight" are the bonus alternate tracks)

From the United States:
17. Evidence CD: 20-3005-2 (1992)
18. Jazz Heritage Society CD: 5172478 (1992)
19. Avenue Jazz CD: R2 79851 (2000)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: London's Girl Friends, No. 2
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM©London     Cat. Num.: RE-N 1093 (England)     Rel. Year: 1957
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The London's Girl Friends EP series consists of three volumes, each dedicated to a different female singer. Gamely, London Records' first volume is dedicated to, well, Julie London. The second EP spotlights Chris Connor, the third Carmen McRae. All three EPs were apparently released in the United Kingdom and in Australia but not in the United States.

These EPs are actually mini-versions of the American LP Bethlehem's Girfriends. That LP's tracks are the same ones found in the EPs. Whereas the LP's front cover features separate photos of the three singers (every photo occupying one fourth of the cover's size), each EP features the one pertinent picture, in full EP size.

The photo on the cover of volume 2 is another shot from the session that also generated the artwork of the 12" LP Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland. However, the EP shot was taken from the distance -- unlike the 12" LP photo, which shows Connor's face at close range. The EP's photograph reveals that Connor is actually standing by a tree. She is wearing a yellow shirt, and her hair looks very blonde.


Title: {Under Paris Skies / Moon Ride}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1188     Rel. Year: 1958
02:39 04/29/1958 3054 Under Paris Skies   (Kim Gannon, Hubert Giraud, Jean Drejac)
02:45 04/29/1958 3055 Moon Ride   (Margo Guryan)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {I Won't Cry Anymore / Hallelujah, I Love Him So}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1198     Rel. Year: 1958
02:26 07/31/1958 3108 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
02:23 07/31/1958 3109 I Won't Cry Anymore   (Al Frisch, Fred Wise)

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


Title: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1286     Rel. Year: 1958
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Moon Ray   (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison)
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)
04:15 12/19/1956 2279 Just Squeeze Me   (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines)
02:15 12/17/1956 2244 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 It's A Most Unusual Day   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
03:28 11/16/1956 2206 All I Need Is You   (Benny Davis, Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 It Only Happens When I Dance With You   (Irving Berlin)
04:19 12/17/1956 2243 Lonely Town   (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:24 12/17/1956 2246 Driftwood   (Peter Udel, Tommy Goodman)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 I'm Shooting High   (Ted Koehler, Jimmy McHugh)
03:12 12/19/1956 2278 My Shining Hour   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Sam Most (f), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Joe Puma (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Release Date

Curiously, this album's sessions were recorded in 1956, but the album itself was not released until 1958. The reason for the delay remains unknown to me.

B. Critical Reception

The May 1958 issue of the Atlantic Long Playing Newsletter (a company's promotional tool) declares that

{beginning of quote} this Chris Connor LP was widely hailed as the "best she has ever done." The critics saw her "at the top of her form" and several expressed the opinion that she is on the verge of a new phase of her career. The LP received the "Spotlight" review in Billboard; Chris readings were termed "inimitable" and "a sure winner with jazz buffs." Fred Sherman of the Miami Herald raved: "A nice mixture of girl and music. The album demonstrates just how far out this blond vocalist can get. But she never had better backing that on this date and never has she been given greater license with the flatted sighs." {end of quote}

C. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: LTZ-K15142 ("Jazz Series")

From Japan:
2. Atlantic Warner Pioneer LP: P 6130 A
3. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1072 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series; 2 bonus tracks)
4. Warner CD: WPCR-25044 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks)
5. Warner CD: WPCR-25174 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks)

From the United States:
6. Rhino CD: R2 7147 (1999; twofer)
7. Collectors' Choice: CCM-116-2 (2001; twofer)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 615     Rel. Year: 1958
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Moon Ray   (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 It Only Happens When I Dance With You   (Irving Berlin)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 I'm Shooting High   (Ted Koehler, Jimmy McHugh)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Sam Most (f), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Joe Puma (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This EP features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.


Title: Chris Craft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1290/SD-1290     Rel. Year: 1958
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Moonlight In Vermont   (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)
03:38 03/13/1958 2998 Here Lies Love   (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
03:03 05/23/1958 3067 Be A Clown   (Cole Porter)
03:56 04/08/1958 3034 Good For Nothin' (But Love)   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 On The First Warm Day   (Bart Howard)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Chinatown My Chinatown   (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
02:40 04/08/1958 3033 One Love Affair   (Bart Howard)
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 The Night We Called It A Day   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Johnny One Note   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Lover Man   (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
04:24 04/08/1958 3032 Be My All   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Al Epstein (bcl, ca), Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Percy Heath (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
A November 3, 1958 Billboard ad lists only the monaural version of this LP. Given that fact, it is likely that the stereo version was released later. According to Goldmine's Price Guide To Collectible Jazz Albums 1949-1969 , the stereo version was indeed issued two years later (1960).

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Australia / England:
1. Warner International / Special Markets CD: 8122 76594 2 4 (2004; "Atlantic Masters" Series)

From England:
2. London LP: LTZ-K.15151

From Japan:
3. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1062 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
4. Warner CD: WPCR-25020 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio)
4. Warner CD: WPCR-25170 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
6. Rhino CD: R2 7147 (1999; twofer)
7. Collectors' Choice: CCM-116-2 (2001; twofer)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate receiving the details about them. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most of the non-domestic items comes from sources which are not fully reliable.


Title: Chris Craft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: unknown number     Rel. Year: 1958
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 On The First Warm Day   (Bart Howard)
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Moonlight In Vermont   (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Johnny One Note   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Lover Man   (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)

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

NOTES:
The unknown catalogue number of this EP is presumably within the 600 range, and closer to that another Connor EP which was released this year (#615) . Atlantic's French version of the Chris Craft EP was numbered 212002 and features a head shot of a smiling Chris. (The photo is a publicity shot, b&w, in which Connot looks as if she had platinum-colored hair. The same shot was used as the cover of the Blue Moon CD 'S Wonderful.)


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: SD-1228     Rel. Year: 1958
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)

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)

NOTES:

A. Mono Versus Stereo Editions

This is a special entry which lists only one of the 12 tracks in the LP Chris Connor, in its stereo version. Atlantic released two different vocal versions of "Get Out Of Town," one in the mono album, the other in the stereo album. The mono LP was released in 1956. The stereo LP was released in 1958. For the other 11 tracks, see the main (1956) album entry.

Audiophile fans of this album generally prefer its mono version. This early stereo version suffers from poor placement of both the vocalist (in the left speaker only, and sounding distant) and the instruments. The brass, heard in the right speaker, sounds too close to the mikes.

B. Critical Reception

A November 10, 1958 review of the album 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."

C. Other Configurations?

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 that this item was not only promoted but also actually released. (And was it a cassette or maybe a reel-to-reel tape?)


Title: {Try A Little Tenderness / What Is There To Say}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 11001     Rel. Year: 1958
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
If the 1958 release date that I have found for this and the next two singles is accurate, then Bethlehem must have tried to capitalize on Connor's success at Atlantic by reissuing old LP cuts on new 45s.


Title: {Come Back To Sorrento / Blame It On My Youth}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 11005     Rel. Year: 1958
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Everett Barksdale, Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {It's All Right With Me / All This And Heaven Too}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 11012     Rel. Year: 1958
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: This Is Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-5017     Rel. Year: 1958
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
A reissue of a LP originally released by Bethlehem in 1955.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Best ("Extra Deluxe Series")
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: EXLP-6     Rel. Year: 1958     Volumes: 3
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The 3 LPs in this set were also sold as separate volumes; see next three entries.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Best (Just For Variety, Volume 1)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-82     Rel. Year: 1958
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Best (Just For Variety, Volume 2)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-83     Rel. Year: 1958
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Best (Just For Variety, Volume 3)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-84     Rel. Year: 1958
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Claude Thornhill] Dinner For Two
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: RCA VICTOR's Camden     Cat. Num.: CAL-307     Rel. Year: 1958
03:01 01/06/1949 D9-BV-0049 There's A Small Hotel   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Gil Evans (arr), Claude Thornhill (con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)


Title: {Flying Home / Circus}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2017     Rel. Year: 1959
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Circus   (Louis Alter, Bob Russell)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Flying Home   (Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

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


Title: {Señor Blues / Misty}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2037     Rel. Year: 1959
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)
02:32 09/06/1959 3656 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1307/SD-1307     Rel. Year: 1959
03:14 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3338 Bargain Day   (William Roy)
03:48 03/10/1959 3407 The End Of A Love Affair   (Edward. C. Redding)
03:30 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3341 Glad To Be Unhappy   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
05:00 03/19/1959 3411 Ballad of the Sad Café   (Charles DeForest)
04:23 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3340 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
04:27 03/10/1959 3408 Something I Dreamed Last Night   (Sammy Fain, Herb Magidson, Jack Yellen)
04:51 03/19/1959 3413 Lilac Wine   (James H. Shelton)
04:52 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3339 One For My Baby   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (r, f), Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Marshal Royal, Phil Woods (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Donald Byrd, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young (t), Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones, Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), William Exiner, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Mac Ceppos, Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Mono Versus Stereo Versions

This LP actually contains 9 tracks. I have separately listed the album's first track, "These Foolish Things," because Atlantic released two different vocal versions of it, one in the mono album, the other in the stereo album.

B. Chris Connor's Favorite Album(s)

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.)

C. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. Hallmark CD: 709482 (2010; awfully inferior sound quality)

From Japan:
2. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1067 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
3. Warner CD: WPCR-25167 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 2 bonus tracks)

From the United States:
4. Collectables CD: COL 6277 (1999; twofer)
5. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4-CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1307     Rel. Year: 1959
03:37 03/10/1959 3405-mono These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)

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

NOTES:
This entry and the one for SD 1307 are actually continuations of the main entry for Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café. Because Atlantic released two different takes of "These Foolish Things," one in this mono album and the other in the stereo album, I have created separate entries for that master. Visually, the cover of the mono and stereo LPs also evince a couple of differences. Besides the inclusion or exclusion of the word "stereo," the background coloring of the mono LP is a light gray, wheareas the stereo LP uses a dark brown.

In my search of possible 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 1991 Japanese CD version (AMCY 1067) of this album, and a 1999 domestic 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.)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: SD-1307     Rel. Year: 1959
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)

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

NOTES:
See note under main entry for tihs album (1307/SD1307).


Title: Witchcraft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8032/SD-8032     Rel. Year: 1959
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      09/21/1959 3775 I'll Never Be Free   (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 The Lady Sings the Blues   (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:15 10/05/1959 3820 When Sunny Gets Blue   (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)
02:34 09/21/1959 3776 How Little We Know (How Little It Matters)   (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:28 10/05/1959 3819 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
02:40 09/14/1959 3765 Like A Woman   (Frank Loesser)
04:13 10/05/1959 3818 Skyscraper Blues   (Tom Adair, Jenkins)
03:44 09/14/1959 3766 You Don't Know What Love Is   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, ca), Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Hymie Schertzer (as), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Mort Bullman, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (ca), Jim Buffington (frh), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Hank Jones (p), Sol Gubin (vib, d, bel), Osie Johnson, Don Lamond (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), 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)

NOTES:
The back cover of this original LP includes a photo of Connor, with conductor Richard Wess, at one of the recording sessions.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic Warner Pioneer LP: P-6155A (1976)
2. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1068 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
3. Warner CD: WPCR-25042 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio)
4. Warner CD: WPCR-25166 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
5. Collectables CD: COL 6814 (2001; twofer)
6. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 622     Rel. Year: 1959
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
      09/21/1959 3775 I'll Never Be Free   (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Hymie Schertzer (as), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, 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)

NOTES:
This "special promotional EP for dj use only" features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.


Title: Chris In Person
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8040/SD-8040     Rel. Year: 1959
02:09 09/13/1959 3447 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:10 09/13/1959 3448 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:19 09/13/1959 3449 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)
03:17 09/13/1959 3450 Lover, Come Back To Me   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
03:38 09/13/1959 3462 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
02:48 09/13/1959 3452 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
02:46 09/13/1959 3453 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)
03:49 09/13/1959 3454 'Round Midnight   (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:18 09/13/1959 3458 Fine And Dandy   (Kay Swift, Paul James)
02:49 09/13/1959 3459 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
03:23 09/13/1959 3460 It Don't Mean A Thing   (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
02:35 09/13/1959 3461 Chinatown My Chinatown   (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)

Chris Connor (ldr), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
There are actually 14 tracks in this issue. The very first track has not been entered in the present discography because it is a spoken introduction, given by the club's master of ceremonies.

In England, this LP was issued by London Records with catalogue number LTZK 15195.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: LTZK 15195 ("Jazz Series")

From Japan:
2. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1063 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
3. Warner CD: WPCR-25042 (2005; "Atlantic Jazz 1500" Series; 24-bit audio)
4. Warner CD: WPCR 25169 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
5. Collectables CD: COL 6887 (2000; twofer)
6. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4-CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris In Person
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 623     Rel. Year: 1959
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
03:17 09/13/1959 3450 Lover, Come Back To Me   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
02:18 09/13/1959 3458 Fine And Dandy   (Kay Swift, Paul James)
02:49 09/13/1959 3459 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)

Chris Connor (ldr), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The only copy of the EP Chris In Person that I have ever seen is a promo. More specifically, it identifies itself as being "a special promotional EP for D. J. use only" and as containing "excerpts from the new LP that launches Atlantic's April Shower of Music by Chris Connor." I am not certain that this promotional item came in a cardboard cover -- although its commercial version must have. It might have come instead just in its a paper sleeve. The sleeve was filled with the text that would normally be found in a back cover, such as tracks and brief liner notes. Also included in the sleeve: a relatively small reproduction of the same photo that graces the cover of the 12" LP version.


Title: {I Only Want Some / That's My Desire}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2053     Rel. Year: 1960
      01/28/1960 4240 That's My Desire   (Carroll Loveday, Helmy Kresa)
      01/28/1960 4241 I Only Want Some   (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

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


Title: {Invitation / I Sold My Heart To The Junkman}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 2073     Rel. Year: 1960
02:50 12/22/1959 3984 Invitation   (Paul Francis Webster, Bronislau Kaper)
02:05 12/22/1959 3986 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman   (Otis Rene, Leon Rene)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: A Portrait of Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8046/SD-8046     Rel. Year: 1960
02:50 11/16/1960 5177 Follow Me   (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
02:44 09/19/1960 4934 Alone Together   (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:54 10/27/1960 5145 All Too Soon   (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)
02:47 09/19/1960 4935 Love   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
03:25 11/16/1960 5179 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
03:02 10/27/1960 5148 Here's That Rainy Day   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:26 09/19/1960 4932 Day In - Day Out   (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
02:47 10/27/1960 5147 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:22 11/16/1960 5178 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:48 10/27/1960 5146 Harlequin   (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
04:20 11/16/1960 5180 I'm Glad There Is You   (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz)
02:31 11/16/1960 5182 Sweet William   (Joe Sherman, Sid Wayne)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ronnie Ball (arr, con, p), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Harry Lookofsky (ccm, vn), Jimmy Jones Orchestra (acc), Phil Bodner (r), Phil Woods (as), Bert Collins, Danny Stiles (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Willie Dennis (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton (b), Unknown (str), Hank Jones (p), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy, Teddy Sommer (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Critical Reception

Reviewed by John S. Wilson in the April 23, 1961 issue of New York Times: "Chris Connor is known primarily as a singer, and, as such, has developed a strong following, although her harsh agonized twisting of tunes has mystified and dismayed many listeners. Why she chooses to do this is not clarified by Portrait Of Chris, which is made up for the most part of straight interpretations of show tunes in a balladic vein. There are none of her wonted mannerisms. Instead we find a warm-voiced, moving singer with relaxed yet firmly controlled delivery, a vocalist who shows perception and flexibiity. She is, it would seem, an extremely effective non-jazz singer and a far more skilled artist than her 'jazz' efforts have suggested."

B. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic Warner Pioneer LP: P-7709
2. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1073 ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
3. Warner CD: WPCR-25175 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
4. Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 (2001)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?]     Rel. Year: 1960
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Somebody Loves Me   (Buddy DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:34 04/24/1957 2483 Fascinating Rhythm   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:08 03/26/1957 2423 Little Jazz Bird   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:12 04/24/1957 2482 That Certain Feeling   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 The Man I Love   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:02 02/01/1957 2328 Looking For A Boy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 03/26/1957 2422 Clap Yo' Hands   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:39 03/26/1957 2425 My One And Only   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:38 02/01/1957 2327 Liza   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 I've Got A Crush On You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:31 02/01/1957 2324 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:00 02/01/1957 2326 Soon   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:45 02/01/1957 2329 I Got Rhythm   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:33 05/01/1957 2520 Embraceable You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free, Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:

A. Uneleased Volumes?

Reissue of the 1957 album of the same title, divided into this first volume and a second one. Although both volumes 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.

B. Stereophonic Sound?

Notice also that, unlike the original 1957 issue, these volumes are listed as having come out in stereophonic. I do not know if the original sessions were recorded in both mono and stereo. (By stereo, Atlantic could have meant fake stereo.)

C. MP3 Editions

In 2009, both volumes were (re?)issued in MP3 format by the British budget label Hallmark. If interested in those versions, do bear in mind that, from an aural standpoint, many of Hallmark's releases leave a lot to be desired. This problem has been especially notorious in CDs that the label released during the first decade of the twenty-first century, but there is no reason to expect that their MP3 items would sound any better.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?]     Rel. Year: 1960
02:54 03/12/1957 2420 Blah Blah Blah   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:26 02/01/1957 2323 Of Thee I Sing   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 02/07/1957 2337 Love Is Sweeping The Country   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
01:41 02/26/1957 2388 There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 I Loves You Porgy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:09 02/07/1957 2334 I've Got Beginner's Luck   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Slap That Bass   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 They Can't Take That Away From Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:48 05/01/1957 2517 I Can't Be Bothered Now   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Nice Work If You Can Get It   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 (Our) Love Is Here To Stay   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 I Was Doing All Right   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 For You, For Me, For Evermore   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1957 album of the same title, divided into two volumes. See additional comments under the note for volume 1.


Title: [AFRS] "Manhattan Melodies" Show
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: USA Government's Air Force "Manhattan Melodies" Recruiting Series     Cat. Num.: PGM 262     Rel. Year: 1960
      Circa 1960 (Between Late 1959 and August 1960) I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
      Circa 1960 (Between Late 1959 and August 1960) Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
      Circa 1960 (Between Late 1959 and August 1960) Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)

Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Judging from the fact that I have come across internet listings for a Manhattan Melodies album with varying catalogue numbers, there could actually be two or three such issues featuring Chris Connor ( #121, #262, and #321), although I am aware of this one only. Of course, it is also possible that some of the online listings in question are wrong.


Title: Nina Simone And Her Friends {Chris Connor, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone}
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-6041     Rel. Year: 1960
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Released to capitalize on the success of Nina Simone, who had given the label one album with a hit number ("My Baby Just Cares For Me") but had then moved on to another label, this LP contains the tracks which remained unissued from Simone's sessions, plus oft-reissued selections by Connor and McRae.

In some internet sites, the release year of Nina Simone And Friends is given as 1959, whereas others give it as 1960. If we are to trust the Bethlehem catalogue number sequence, 1960 is the likelier date. (However, it could be that Bethlehem released it in advance of other LPs numbered in the high 6030s, which bear 1960 release dates.)


Title: {Summertime / Lonesome Road}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 5014     Rel. Year: 1961
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Lonesome Road   (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)

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


Title: {The Sweetest Sounds / Opportunity, Please Knock}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 5017     Rel. Year: 1961
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Opportunity, Please Knock   (Oscar Brown, Jr.)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Sol Schlinger (bar), Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Nick Travis (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Milt Hinton, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey, Gus Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8049/SD-8049     Rel. Year: 1961
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:34 01/23/1961 5292 I Only Have Eyes For You   (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 It Never Entered My Mind   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:36 12/05/1960 5216 Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree   (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote)
04:17 12/14/1960 5224 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most   (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Lonesome Road   (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 All The Things You Are   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
04:23 12/05/1960 5217 Happy New Year   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:11 01/23/1961 5295 That's How It Went, All Right   (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)

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

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. London LP: LTZ-K 15229 ("Jazz Series")
2. London LP: SAH K 6190

From Japan:
3. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1074 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
4. Warner ?CD: P-7728
5. Warner CD: WPCR 25168 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio)

From the United States:
6. Atlantic CS/LP: 7 90143 4/1 (1984; "Jazzlore Series" #21; different artwork)
7. Collectors' Choice CD: CCM 319-2 (2002)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Two's Company ("The Birdland Series") {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ROULETTE     Cat. Num.: S/R-52068     Rel. Year: 1961
02:08 01/30/1961 15652 I Feel A Song Coming On   (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:00 12/15/1960 15646 The Wind   (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 New York's My Home   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Guess Who I Saw Today   (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 When The Sun Comes Out   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Send For Me   (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Where Do You Go?   (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Deep Song   (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Can't Get Out Of This Mood   (Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser)

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)

NOTES:

A. Series

The liner notes of this LP state that "[t]his dynamic high fidelity recording is another in Roulette Records' special jazz series, The Birdland Series." The series title is not given in the front or back covers.

B. "Chris Connors," The British One

In England, this Roulette album was released by Columbia, in both mono (#33SX.1377) and stereo (#SCX 3415). That 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.)

C. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From England:
1. Columbia LP: 33SX 1377 (mono)
2. Columbia LP: SCX 3415 (stereo)

From Spain:
3. Fresh Sound LP: RLP-215
4. Fresh Sound CD: FSR-CD 30 (1989)

From the United States:
5. Roulette Jazz/ Blue Note CD: 7243 8 37201 2 5 (1996)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: [AFRS] Basic Music Library [LP Double Exposure]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series     Cat. Num.: P 7569-7570     Rel. Year: 1961
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:34 01/23/1961 5292 I Only Have Eyes For You   (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 It Never Entered My Mind   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:36 12/05/1960 5216 Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree   (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote)
04:17 12/14/1960 5224 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most   (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Lonesome Road   (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 All The Things You Are   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
04:23 12/05/1960 5217 Happy New Year   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:11 01/23/1961 5295 That's How It Went, All Right   (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)

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


Title: Triple Treat {Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM©EMI's Parlophone     Cat. Num.: (England) PMC.1139     Rel. Year: 1961
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Free Spirits
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8061/SD-8061     Rel. Year: 1962
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Jump For Joy   (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Sid Kuller)
03:18 04/30/1962 6188 Night Bird   (Al Cohn, Kitty Malone)
03:21 04/09/1962 6094 Milano   (John Lewis, Margo Guryan)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Opportunity, Please Knock   (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:02 04/30/1962 6189 Daydream   (Duke Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn)
02:27 04/30/1962 6187 Things Are Swingin'   (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
03:53 04/30/1962 6186 Kansas City   (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Lonely Woman   (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'   (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:01 04/09/1962 6096 God Bless The Child   (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday)
03:19 12/11/1961 5857 Free Spirits   (Norman Mapp)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), George Duvivier, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Atlantic CD: AMCY-1077 (1991; "Ladies Sing Jazz" Series; 4 bonus tracks)
2. Warner CD: WPCR 25171 (2007; "Atlantic 60th Anniversary" Series; miniature LP edition; 24-bit audio; 4 bonus tracks)

From the United States:
3. Collectables CD: COL 6521 (2004)
4. Collectables CD: COL 0403 (2006; 4CD box)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: [Various Artists] No Strings: An After-Theater Version {LaVern Baker, Chris Connor, Herbie Mannn, Bobby Short}
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 1383/SD-1383     Rel. Year: 1962
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
03:41 03/11/1962 6044 Look No Further   (Richard Rodgers)
02:40 03/11/1962 6045 No Strings   (Richard Rodgers)
03:18 03/11/1962 6046 Nobody Told Me   (Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Al Cohn (arr, 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)

NOTES:

A. Background

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 that Atlantic recruited from its roster for this project 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."

B. Reissues

I am aware of only one reissue of this LP: a CD on the American licensing label Collectables (catalogue number COL 6714, released in 2004). I would appreciate receiving details about any foreign LP or CD versions of this album.


Title: The Magic Of Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: www~ Ember     Cat. Num.: 3341 (England)     Rel. Year: 1962
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
British reissue of the 1957 Bethlehem album The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor (aka Chris). Also issued in Japan as Ember LP PAP-Ember EMB-3341.


Title: {A Lot Of Livin' To Do / I Concentrate On You}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: FM     Cat. Num.: FM 3002     Rel. Year: 1963
02:03 1963 A Lot Of Livin' To Do   (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
02:48 1963 I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: FM     Cat. Num.: FM 300/ SFM 300     Rel. Year: 1963
02:03 1963 A Lot Of Livin' To Do   (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis   (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Old Devil Moon   (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Only The Lonely   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Brazil:
1. Elenco LP: MEV 01 (1964)

From Japan:
2. Roulette LP: YW-7515 [or YW-7817?]
3. Columbia ?LP: SL 5111
4. Victor LP: RF 7016 (cover different from the original)
5. Nippon Columbia CD: 30CY 1433 (1987)
6. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-5332 (1991; "We Love Jazz" Series)
7. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-6880 (2007)
8. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-9499 (2008; 24-bit mastering)
9. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ 50017 (2010)

From Spain:
10. Fresh Sound LP: FSR-705
11. Blue Moon CD: BMCD 3074 (1998; released under the title 'S Wonderful; 2 bonus tracks)

From the United States:
12. EMI CD: 0946-3-71346-2-7 (2006)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: The Best Of Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 8082 [UNRELEASED]     Rel. Year: 1963
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Oh! You Crazy Moon   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'   (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Jump For Joy   (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Sid Kuller)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Go 'Way From My Window   (John Jacob Niles)
02:26 07/31/1958 3108 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
03:14 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3338 Bargain Day   (William Roy)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 He Was Too Good To Me   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Al Cohn, Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Bobby Jasper (f), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Marshal Royal (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bernie Glow, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Snooky Young (t), Bob Alexander, Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, Hank Jones, John Lewis (p), Dave Bailey, Sol Gubin, Osie Johnson, Connie Kay, Don Lamond, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), 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)

NOTES:
Around 1963 (possibly after Connor had already left the label, or as she was about to), Atlantic prepared this album for issue. Plans to release the album in the United States were scrapped. However, an album bearing the same title was released by Victor Atlantic in Japan, with catalogue number SMJ 7070 (release year unknown). It contains the same 12 tracks that were said to be scheduled for inclusion in the American album, plus two bonus tracks.


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Fabulous Alumni of Stan Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: T-20244 (England)     Rel. Year: 1963
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
This album was produced for British Capitol. It was later issued in the United States, on Kenton's Creative World label (# CW ST-1028).


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Vocals Award Album
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP-6068     Rel. Year: 1963
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: {All About Ronnie / Lullaby Of Birdland}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 3081     Rel. Year: 1964
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
If the release date found in my sources is correct, this is a very late Bethlehem 45 item. (It had been about 8 years since Connor had left the label.) Bethlehem had previously issued these songs on LP but not on singles. (The earlier 45 that contains a different version of "All About Ronnie" is on Capitol Records.)


Title: A Weekend In Paris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: FM     Cat. Num.: FM 312 / SFM 312     Rel. Year: 1964
03:00 1963 It's Not For Me To Say   (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
02:20 1963 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)
03:20 1963 I Could Go On Singing   (Harold Arlen, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 1963 I Love My Man   (Bobby Scott, Joe Scott)
02:45 1963 Humdrum Blues   (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:15 1963 The Second Time Around   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:29 1963 I Wish You Love   (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
03:53 1963 Chances Are   (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
04:58 1963 Meantime   (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
02:46 1963 Johnny   (Bobby Scott, Joe Scott)

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

NOTES:

A. Release And Distribution

FM LP #312 received a very limited commercial release. The record company folded a short time after the album had been pressed. Extant copies are rare. On those which I have seen, the stickers and stamps make it evident that they are promo items, sent out mostly to radio disc jockeys, and also to cutout bins at music department stores.

There must have been plans to promote the album in the French market. The brief liner notes in the album's back cover are written in English and replicated in French.

B. Reissues

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Columbia LP: YW 7551 RO
2. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-5359 (1990; "We Love Jazz" Series)
3. EMI Toshiba CD: TOCJ-50065 (2010)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Chris Connor At The Village Gate
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: Elenco     Cat. Num.: MEV 01 (Brazil)     Rel. Year: 1964
02:03 1963 A Lot Of Livin' To Do   (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis   (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Old Devil Moon   (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Only The Lonely   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1963 FM live album At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show.


Title: Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC's Clarion     Cat. Num.: 611     Rel. Year: 1964
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Slap That Bass   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 For You, For Me, For Evermore   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 I Loves You Porgy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Nice Work If You Can Get It   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 They Can't Take That Away From Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 I Was Doing All Right   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 (Our) Love Is Here To Stay   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones (p), Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ABC-PARAMOUNT     Cat. Num.: ABC-529/ABCS-529     Rel. Year: 1965
02:25 September 1965 12840 A Hard Day's Night   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:35 September 1965 12841 A Taste Of Honey   (Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott)
03:35 September 1965 12842 Downtown   (Tony Hatch)
03:25 September 1965 12843 Feeling Good   (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
03:35 September 1965 12844 The Shadow Of Your Smile   (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster)
01:53 September 1965 12845 Who Can I Turn To   (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
02:38 September 1965 12846 Can't Get Over the Bossa Nova   (Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Marilyn Gins)
02:13 September 1965 12847 Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte   (Mack David, Frank DeVol)
02:41 September 1965 12848 Dear Heart   (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini)
02:34 September 1965 12849 Baby, The Rain Must Fall   (Elmer Bernstein, Ernie Sheldon)
02:41 September 1965 12850 Stranger On The Shore   (Robert Mellin, Acker Bilk)
03:27 September 1965 12851 A Quiet Thing   (John Kander, Fred Ebb)

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

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Arobe LP: IPP 80805
2. King LP: SH221 (under the different title Cool Chris)
{?3.} Columbia Roulette LP: YS 8534 (under the title Singin' In N.Y.; unclear to me whether this LP is a reissue of the album under discussion or a reissue of Connor's other album for ABC, entitled Now!)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.

As of early 2011, this album has yet to be isssued on CD. In late 2010, details were being worked out for its future release on a Canadian label.


Title: [AFRS] The Steve Lawrence Show
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: USA Government's Air Force "Steve Lawrence Show" Recruiting Series     Cat. Num.: PGM 62     Rel. Year: 1965
      Circa 1959 (unidentified song)   (unknown)

Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Most details unknown to me. I would appreciate receiving information about this album's contents.


Title: {Never On Sunday / The Boys From Madrid}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: ABC-PARAMOUNT     Cat. Num.: 10906     Rel. Year: 1966
02:38 07/11/1966 13604 Never On Sunday   (Manos Hadjidakis, B. Towne)
02:28 07/18/1966 13609 The Boys From Madrid   (George David Weiss, Bob Thiele, Stride)

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


Title: Now!
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ABC-PARAMOUNT     Cat. Num.: ABC/S-585     Rel. Year: 1966
03:05 07/18/1966 13608 Goin' Out Of My Head   (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein)
03:16 07/11/1966 13602 Carnival (Black Orpheus)   (George David Weiss, Luiz Bonfá, Luigi Creator, Hugo Peretti)
02:28 07/18/1966 13609 The Boys From Madrid   (George David Weiss, Bob Thiele, Stride)
02:44 07/20/1966 13612 Love Life   (Don Payne)
02:38 07/11/1966 13604 Never On Sunday   (Manos Hadjidakis, B. Towne)
02:52 07/11/1966 13605 Autumn   (Richard Maltby, David Shire)
02:04 07/20/1966 13610 You're Gonna Hear From Me   (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)
02:44 07/20/1966 13613 The Shining Sea   (Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel)
02:16 07/18/1966 13606 I'm Telling You Now   (Mitch Murray, Freddie Garrity)
02:55 07/18/1966 13607 Nowhere Man   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:04 07/11/1966 13603 Strangers In The Night   (Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder)
02:53 07/20/1966 13611 Who's Afraid?   (Paul Francis Webster, Alex North)

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

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this LP.

From Japan:
1. Columbia LP: YW 8508 AB
2. Universal CD: UCCC-9045 (2002; miniature LP edition; #4 in a series of 20 CD releases)
{3.} Columbia Roulette LP: YS 8534 (under the title Singin' In N.Y.; unclear to me whether this LP is a reissue of the album under discussion or a reissue of Connor's other album for ABC, entitled Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: Softly And Swingin'
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: JVC     Cat. Num.: SMJ 7511 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1969
02:56 January 28, 29, 1969 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:54 January 28, 29, 1969 'Round Midnight   (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
03:40 January 28, 29, 1969 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)
04:04 January 28, 29, 1969 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:46 January 28, 29, 1969 Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:50 January 28, 29, 1969 The Fool On The Hill   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:04 January 28, 29, 1969 I've Gotta Be Me   (Walter Marks)
02:26 January 28, 29, 1969 What The World Needs Now Is Love   (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
02:53 January 28, 29, 1969 It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:02 January 28, 29, 1969 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

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

NOTES:

A. Original Distribution And Reissues

This album was produced in Japan and meant the Japanese record market only. It was reissued on CD by Victor in Japan (2006).

B. A Live Date, With Soldiers In Tow?

According to an uncorroborated report, this album's numbers were recorded in front of a crowd of soldiers on leave from duty in Vietnam. If the point being made is that we are listening to a taped live date, the report does not sound particularly credible to me. For one thing, I hear no indications that the date was taking place "live" or outside of the studio. (Of course, the report could just mean that the soldiers were invited to a studio session, even if such a setup strikes me as a bit out of the norm.) Moreover, the recording information at my reach indicates that the numbers were recorded over two days. Had Connor and company "waxed" these tracks in front of an audience, I would have expected the recording information to list them under one day, not two. (Of course, my discographical source could be wrong. Or, alternatively, and despite my expectations, the numbers could indeed stem from two dates, played for the soldiers.)

Perhaps the album's notes, which are in Japanese and thus unintelligible to me, shed light on the subject. If so, I would be grateful for clarification from any fellow fans who read Japanese.

Whichever the circumstances at play, this album is not Connor's finest hour.


Title: {Softly As In A Morning Sunrise / 'Round Midnight} ("Jazz Golden Couple" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: 45     Label: JVC     Cat. Num.: MJ 1028     Rel. Year: 1969
02:56 January 28, 29, 1969 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:54 January 28, 29, 1969 'Round Midnight   (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)

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

NOTES:
This 45 comes with picture sleeve -- a close profile shot of Chris, singing. The release date information is tentative.


Title: Sketches
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: STANYAN     Cat. Num.: SR 10029     Rel. Year: 1971
02:31 1971 Hit 'Em In The Head With Love   (Rod McKuen)
03:40 1971 Make It With You   (David Gates)
02:50 1971 More Today Than Yesterday   (Pat Upton)
02:47 1971 We've Only Just Begun   (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols)
02:12 1971 Time And Love   (Laura Nyro)
03:46 1971 Buy And Sell   (Laura Nyro)
03:10 1971 Fire And Rain   (James Taylor)
03:32 1971 As I Love My Own   (Rod McKuen)
02:37 1971 The Long And Winding Road   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:06 1971 Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)   (Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
02:56 1971 What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?   (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith aka Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand)
02:54 1971 Snowbird   (Gene MacLellan)
02:59 1971 Hurry, Tuesday Child   (Bobbie Gentry)
03:54 1971 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

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

NOTES:
Connor's only original album from the first half of the 1970s. (Her next album would be released in 1977.) Liner notes by Rex Reed. Reissued on Stanyan's Bainbridge subsidiary in 1982 (LP). As of early 2011, yet to be issued on CD.


Title: [AFRS Treasury Dept.] "Guest Star" Show - Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: USA Government's "Treasury Department" Series     Cat. Num.: 11-71     Rel. Year: 1971
02:31 1971 Hit 'Em In The Head With Love   (Rod McKuen)
03:54 1971 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:56 1971 What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?   (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith aka Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand)
02:12 1971 Time And Love   (Laura Nyro)

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

NOTES:

A. An Edited Version Of Sketches

The LP Guest Star: Chris Connor contains four shows made by Chris Connor for the U.S. Savings Bond Division. All Connor songs heard in these four shows are edited versions of the masters from her 1971 Stanyan album Sketches.

B. Format Of The Shows

The show's host was Mike Douglas, and there was no studio orchestra. 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."

C. Spoken Comments

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 And 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."

D. Release Date

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.


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Fabulous Alumni Of Stan Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: www~ Creative World      Cat. Num.: CW ST-1028     Rel. Year: 1971
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the Capitol album that bears the same title.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Some Women I've Known
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: www~ Creative World      Cat. Num.: CW ST-1029     Rel. Year: 1971
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Besides Chris Connor, Kenton's other women are June Christy, Anita O'Day, Ann Richards, Jean Turner, and Jerri Winters. The album's twelve tracks are evenly divided among those six vocalists.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Portraits On Standards
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: www~ Creative World      Cat. Num.: CW ST-1042     Rel. Year: 1971
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Baia   (Ary Barroso)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Lighter Side
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: www~ Creative World      Cat. Num.: CW ST-1050     Rel. Year: 1972
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!   (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (bkv)


Title: [Stan Kenton] By Request, Volume 5
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: www~ Creative World      Cat. Num.: CW ST-1066     Rel. Year: 1972
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] At Birdland, Concert In Miniature
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Artie Shaw Club      Cat. Num.: ASC 10 (England)     Rel. Year: 1972
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Claude Thornhill] Snowfall
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Fresh Sound      Cat. Num.: FSR NL-46030 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 1972
03:01 01/06/1949 D9-BV-0049 There's A Small Hotel   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:15 01/06/1949 D9-VB-0048 I Don't Know Why   (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Gil Evans (arr), Claude Thornhill (arr, con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Kenton's Girl Friends
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: ECP 88033 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1973
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)


Title: Carmen McRae Vs. Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM©Polydor     Cat. Num.: MP 2378 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1974
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Japanese LP MP 2378 contains Carmen McRae's entire output for Bethlehem Records on its A side. Side B features, on the other hand, Connor's entire December 17-18, 1953 session. For its front cover, Polydor re-used the artwork that graces Carmen's original Bethlehem LP, changing only the catalogue number and adding the words "vs Chris Connor" to the title. My thanks to Brian Yordnoff for directing me to a site that showed this cover, and to Keizo Takada for identifying the LP tracks by Connor.


Title: Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: P-6135A (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1975
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)
02:32 09/06/1959 3656 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
02:45 04/29/1958 3055 Moon Ride   (Margo Guryan)
02:05 12/22/1959 3986 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman   (Otis Rene, Leon Rene)
02:50 12/22/1959 3984 Invitation   (Paul Francis Webster, Bronislau Kaper)
02:39 04/29/1958 3054 Under Paris Skies   (Kim Gannon, Hubert Giraud, Jean Drejac)
02:18 01/28/1960 4238 I Heard A Bluebird   (unknown)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Flying Home   (Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
02:23 07/31/1958 3109 I Won't Cry Anymore   (Al Frisch, Fred Wise)
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Circus   (Louis Alter, Bob Russell)
02:00 12/22/1959 3985 To Each His Own   (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
02:13 01/28/1960 4239 Fortune Cookies   (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
03:08 04/29/1958 3056 Long Hot Summer   (Sammy Cahn, Alex North)
03:03 03/10/1959 3406 (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over   (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (f), Joe Wilder (t), Wayne Andre, Willie Dennis, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier, 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)

NOTES:

A. A Compilation Of Singles (13 Tracks From Singles Sessions + 1 From An Album Session)
B. The Prequel

This Japanese release is one of two albums that compile Connor's pop singles for Atlantic Records. The other album is the US-released compilation I Miss You So, originally released in 1958. Between those two albums, each of Connor's 9 singles sessions for Atlantic is represented by two or more tracks.

Collectors might be happy to know that there is no duplication between the LPs Misty and I Miss You So. Matters are a bit different, however, if we consider digital versions. The Japanese CD edition of I Miss You So contains four bonus tracks, of which the following three can also be found in the LP Misty: "Under Paris Skies, "Moon Ride," and "Invitation." (As for a CD of Misty, there is none, as far as I know. The album is available on vinyl only.)

Like I Miss You So, all but one of the tracks in Misty are from singles sessions. The exception is "(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over," which was recorded during the Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café but excluded from that album. The other 13 tracks were culled from the following singles sessions:

4/29/58 (includes all four masters from this session )
7/31/58 (includes two of this session's four masters; of the other two, one was issued in the Japanese CD The Best Of Chris Connor, whereas the other one was never issued)
9/6/59 (includes two of this session's 4 masters; of the other two, one was issued in the Japanese CD The Best Of Chris Connor, whereas the other one was never issued)
12/22/59 (includes all three masters from this session )
1/28/60 (includes two of this session's four masters; of the other two, one appeared as a bonus track in the 1991 Japanese CD edition of I Miss You So, whereas the other one has been issued on 45 only)

C. Numbers Issued On 45 Versus Previously Unissued Numbers

Five of the 14 tracks in Misty had never beein issued before:

I Heard A Bluebird (recorded on 1/28/1960)
To Each His Own (recorded on 12/22/1959)
Fortune Cookies (recorded on 1/28/1960)
Long Hot Summer (recorded on 4/29/1958)
(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over (recorded on 3/10/1959)

As for the other 9 tracks, they had been issued in the following singles:

Atlantic #1188: Moon Ride / Under Paris Skies
Atlantic #1198: I Won't Cry Anymore / [the other side," Hallelujah, I Love Him So" was not included in Misty]
Atlantic #2017: Flying Home / Circus
Atlantic #2037: Señor Blues / Misty
Atlantic #2073: I Sold My Heart To The Junkman / Invitation

D. Misspelled Song Title

The album's track listing misspells the name of the song "Fortune Cookies," instead calling it "Fortune Cockies."


Title: The Finest Of Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 2BP-1001     Rel. Year: 1975     Volumes: 2
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Compiles tracks from Connor's Bethlehem years.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem's Finest, Volume 2
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: BCP 4002     Rel. Year: 1976
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Sessions, Live 1956
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Calliope      Cat. Num.: 3002     Rel. Year: 1976
02:34 05/27/1957 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 05/27/1957 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Unknown (b, d), Stan Freeman (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Taped from a televised performance; see details in Live, Television And Radio page, under session dated May 27, 1957.


Title: [Various Artists] Sessions, Live 1957
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Calliope      Cat. Num.: 3030     Rel. Year: 1976
02:34 05/27/1957 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 05/27/1957 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Unknown (b, d), Stan Freeman (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This album recycles the same tracks found in Calliope 3002 (1976). Taped from a televised performance; see details in Live, Television And Radio page, under session dated May 27, 1957.


Title: Chris Moves
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony     Cat. Num.: 25AP 538 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1977
03:13 10/07/1976 This One's For You   (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer)
02:18 10/07/1976 Ridin' On The Moon   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
05:44 10/07/1976 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
03:12 10/12/1976 The Jazz Man   (Carole King, David Palmer)
04:11 10/12/1976 The Wind   (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:44 10/12/1976 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
04:25 10/18/1976 The Way We Were   (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch)
02:17 10/18/1976 Gypsy In My Soul   (Moe Jaffe, Clay A. Boland)
04:00 10/19/1976 Feelings   (Morris Albert)
02:57 10/19/1976 All Too Soon   (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)

Chris Connor (ldr), Teo Macero (pdr), George Opalinsky (f, ts), Lee Konitz (as), Richard Davis, Michael Moore (b), Mike Abene, Bob Kaye (p), Jimmy Madison, Edward Soph, Grady Tate (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Original album, released in Japan only. To my knowledge, yet to be issued on CD (as of 2011).


Title: Teo Macero Presents [Special Edition? of Album Chris Moves]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: COLUMBIA©CBS Sony     Cat. Num.: YAPN 9 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1977
03:13 10/07/1976 This One's For You   (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer)
02:18 10/07/1976 Ridin' On The Moon   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
05:44 10/07/1976 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
03:12 10/12/1976 The Jazz Man   (Carole King, David Palmer)
04:11 10/12/1976 The Wind   (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:44 10/12/1976 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
04:25 10/18/1976 The Way We Were   (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch)
02:17 10/18/1976 Gypsy In My Soul   (Moe Jaffe, Clay A. Boland)
04:00 10/19/1976 Feelings   (Morris Albert)
02:57 10/19/1976 All Too Soon   (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)

Chris Connor (ldr), Teo Macero (pdr), George Opalinsky (f, ts), Lee Konitz (as), Richard Davis, Michael Moore (b), Mike Abene, Bob Kaye (p), Jimmy Madison, Edward Soph, Grady Tate (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
I have very little data about this LP. It may have been a special issue, meant for radio airplay only.


Title: [Various Artists] When Malindy Sings: Jazz Vocalists, 1938-1961
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: www~ New World      Cat. Num.: NW 295     Rel. Year: 1977
03:10 09/13/1959 3448 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
02:47 09/19/1960 4935 Love   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ronnie Ball (arr, con, p), Phil Woods (as), Bert Collins, Danny Stiles (t), Willie Dennis (tb), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas, George Duvivier (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Sweet And Swinging
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: PROGRESSIVE     Cat. Num.: 7028     Rel. Year: 1978
01:47 01/27/1978 Things Are Swingin'   (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
04:02 01/27/1978 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:58 01/27/1978 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
03:37 01/27/1978 Here's That Rainy Day   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:36 02/03/1978 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
01:27 01/27/1978 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
03:35 01/27/1978 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:53 02/03/1978 I've Got You Under My Skin   (Cole Porter)
04:45 02/03/1978 I Wish You Love   (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
02:17 02/03/1978 I Feel A Song Coming On   (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:37 02/03/1978 When Sunny Gets Blue   (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)

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

NOTES:
I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of this original LP/CS.

From Japan:
1. Teichiku LP: ULS 1671 G
2. PROGRESSIVE CD: KUK 82G (under title Chris' Corner)
3. AUDIOPHILE CD: 208 (1995)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: [Ran Blake] Rapport
Artist: Ran Blake
Format: LP     Label: NOVUS     Cat. Num.: AN 3006     Rel. Year: 1978
03:22 April 30, May 1, or May 3, 1978 Wende   (Richard R. Bennett, Ran Blake, Dominique St. John)

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

NOTES:
Chris Connor appeared as a guest in this album by avant-garde pianist and academician Ran Blake, who is a big fan of her singing.


Title: Cocktails And Dusk
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 6010     Rel. Year: 1978
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
A compilation of tracks from Connor's Bethlehem years. Notice that all 10 tracks are from her April 1955 sessions. Only 3 tracks from those dates were left out ("Don't Wait Up For Me," "A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing," and "Fly Me To The Moon").


Title: Singin' In N.Y.
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ROULETTE     Cat. Num.: (Japan) YS 8534 RO     Rel. Year: 1978
02:03 1963 A Lot Of Livin' To Do   (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
02:56 1963 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
02:56 1963 Old Devil Moon   (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
05:10 1963 Only The Lonely   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:07 1963 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 New York's My Home   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 When The Sun Comes Out   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Send For Me   (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Where Do You Go?   (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)

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), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis, John Neves (b), Ronnie Ball, Jaki Byard (p), Rufus Jones, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Side A of this anthology culls tracks from Chris Connor's At The Village Gate album, originally on FM Records. The tracks on side B are from her Roulette album with Maynard Ferguson, Two's Company.


Title: Alone Together
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: LOBSTER     Cat. Num.: LOB LDC-1015 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1979
03:39 12/12/1978 Come In From The Rain   (Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager)
03:49 12/12/1978 A Baby's Born   (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
03:57 12/12/1978 I'll Catch The Sun   (Rod McKuen)
03:22 12/12/1978 Blue, Green, Grey And Gone   (Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman, Francis Lemarque)
03:27 12/12/1978 Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
03:22 12/12/1978 More Today Than Yesterday   (Pat Upton)
02:40 12/12/1978 Alone Together   (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:53 12/12/1978 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:50 12/12/1978 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)

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

NOTES:
This album was prepared for exclusive release in the Japanese market.

At the December 12, 1978 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 (Absord Records). Both CD editions include bonus tracks by Anita O'Day, also originally recorded for LOBster.


Title: The Great Ladies On V-Disc, Vol. 3 {Chris Connor, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Martha Tilton} (V-Disc Jazz Session Series)
Artist: Various
Format: LP/CD     Label: zzz~ Tokuma Musical Industries' Dan Records     Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vc 5016/Tkcf 77076 [CD rel. 2001]     Rel. Year: 1979
03:14 07/27/1942 CO 33048-2 Why Don't You Do Right?   (Joe McCoy)
03:24 May 6, 1946 / Jubilee Radio Show I Get The Blues (When It Rains) [RadioAFRS-Network]   (Marcy Klauber, Harry Stoddard)
03:31 October 1952 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:48 October 1952 Sorta Kinda   (James Oliver Young)
03:46 October 1952 Wish You Were Here   (Harold Rome)
03:53 October 1952 Who Are We To Say?   (Gus Kahn, Sigmund Romberg)

Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Mel Powell (arr, p), The Benny Goodman Orchestra, The Les Paul Trio (acc), Dave Figg, Cliff Hoff (cl, ts), Med Flory, Gene Quill (cl, as), Benny Goodman (cl), Dick Zabach (cl, bar), Clint Neagley, Hymie Schertzer (as), Leonard Sims, Jon Walton (ts), Robert Poland (bar), Benny Baker, Rusty Dedrick, Tony Faso, Jimmy Maxwell, Sonny Rich, Lawrence Stearns, aka Alfred Sculco, Nick Travis (t), Charlie Castaldo, Milt Gold, Obie Massingill, Lou McGarity (tb), Al Antonucci (frh), Dave Barbour, Cal Gooden (g), Les Paul (elg), Bill Crow, Cliff Hill, Clint Nordquist (b), Milt Raskin, Claude Thornhill (p), Howard "Hud" Davies, Winston Welch (d), Chris Connor, Peggy Lee (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that this entry contains performances by two of my discographical subjects. Of the six above-listed titles, "Why Don't You Do Right?" and "I Get The Blues When It Rains" are sung by Peggy Lee, whereas the other four are Chris Connor interpretations.

The 1979 release date applies to the LP only, which was issued by Tokuma Industries on its Dan Records imprint. As indicated next to the catalogue numbers, the CD version (Tkcf 77076) was issued in 2001. The cover is the same for both versions.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton On Saturday Night Dance Party ("Imperfect" Series)
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: cassette     Label: yyy~ Joyce Record Club     Cat. Num.: C-39      Rel. Year: 1980
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Love Me Or Leave Me   (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: Sketches
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: STANYAN©Bainbridge     Cat. Num.: BTC-6230 / 6230     Rel. Year: 1982
02:31 1971 Hit 'Em In The Head With Love   (Rod McKuen)
03:40 1971 Make It With You   (David Gates)
02:50 1971 More Today Than Yesterday   (Pat Upton)
02:47 1971 We've Only Just Begun   (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols)
02:12 1971 Time And Love   (Laura Nyro)
03:46 1971 Buy And Sell   (Laura Nyro)
03:10 1971 Fire And Rain   (James Taylor)
03:32 1971 As I Love My Own   (Rod McKuen)
02:37 1971 The Long And Winding Road   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:06 1971 Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)   (Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
02:56 1971 What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?   (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith aka Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand)
02:54 1971 Snowbird   (Gene MacLellan)
02:59 1971 Hurry, Tuesday Child   (Bobbie Gentry)
03:54 1971 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

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

NOTES:
Reissue of Connor's original 1971 album on Stanyan Records.


Title: Chris Connor Live
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: APPLAUSE     Cat. Num.: APLP 1020     Rel. Year: 1983
02:50 October 1981 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
04:00 October 1981 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
03:20 October 1981 It Might As Well Be Spring   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
01:41 October 1981 Things Are Swingin'   (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
03:30 October 1981 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:50 October 1981 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
02:30 October 1981 Lover   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:05 October 1981 Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)
02:58 October 1981 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
03:22 October 1981 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:38 October 1981 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
03:18 October 1981 Glad To Be Unhappy   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:58 October 1981 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)

Chris Connor (ldr), Tim Owens (pdr), Steve LaSpina (b), Fred Hersch (p), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
"This performance of Chris Connor and her trio," states the Applause LP, "was first broadcast on National Public Radio's Peabody award-winning series Jazz Alive! in October of 1981 and is hereby included for your enjoyment by mutual agreement between NPR and Ms. Connor. We wish to thank the Jazz Alive! staff for their assistance on the recording.

At this point in time, Connor had not released an original album in the United States since the 1971 LP Sketches, made for Stanyan Records. But in 1983 she came back wth not one but two domestic albums: Live and, on Stash Records, Love Being Here With You. (Between 1971 and 1983, she had recorded for the Japanese market, though: the 1976 LP Chris Moves, released by CBS Japan in 1977, and -- Alone Together, recorded and released by LOBster in 1979.


Title: Love Being Here With You
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: STASH     Cat. Num.: ST-332     Rel. Year: 1983
02:10 September 12, 19, 1983 I Love Being Here With You   (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
02:24 September 12, 19, 1983 The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
04:57 September 12, 19, 1983 Like Someone In Love   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
02:55 September 12, 19, 1983 This Is It   (Arthur Schwartz, Dorothy Fields)
02:09 September 12, 19, 1983 Rio   (Peter Allen)
03:08 September 12, 19, 1983 How Little We Know   (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
04:58 September 12, 19, 1983 Anyone Home   (Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)
04:44 September 12, 19, 1983 Baia   (Ary Barroso)
02:06 September 12, 19, 1983 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

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

NOTES:
At this point in time, Connor had not released an original album in the United States since the 1971 LP Sketches, made for Stanyan Records. But in 1983 she came back wth not one but two domestic albums: Love Being Here With You and, on Applause Records, Live. (Between 1971 and 1983, she had recorded for the Japanese market, though: the 1976 LP Chris Moves, released by CBS Japan in 1977, and -- Alone Together, recorded and released by LOBster in 1979.

I am aware of the following issues, editions, and reissues of the original Love Being Here With You LP.

From Japan:
1. Nippon Phonogram CD: PHCE-1045 (1991; "Sounds Of The Apple" Series)

From the United States:
2. Stash CD: ST-CD-14 (1989; twofer, under the title A Double Date With Helen Forrest and Chris Connor)

The preceding list should be deemed comprehensive, rather that exhaustive or 100% complete. If you know the catalogue number of any other album versions which I did not list above, I would appreciate being emailed the details. Corrections are also welcome; my information about most non-domestic items comes from sources whose reliability is sometimes less than optimal.


Title: I Hear Music { Carmen McRae, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: zzz~ Charly's Affinity      Cat. Num.: AFF97 (England)     Rel. Year: 1983
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Side A of this LP is dedicated to numbers sung by Carmen McRae, side B to interpretations by Chris Connor. All tracks come from Connors' and McRae's respective periods as Bethlehem artists.


Title: A Collection Of Maynard Ferguson And Chris Conner
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Phonorama      Cat. Num.: PR 5642     Rel. Year: 1983
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Guess Who I Saw Today   (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Where Do You Go?   (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 When The Sun Comes Out   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Deep Song   (Douglass Cross, George Cory)

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)

NOTES:
This Collection consists of ten numbers: six Maynard Ferguson instrumentals and four vocals from the 1961 Connor-Ferguson album Two's Company, on Roulette Records.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: (10") LP     Label: yyy~ Fresh Sound      Cat. Num.: FSR-2063 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 1984
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Reissue of Connor's album of the same title. It is curious to see that the 10" LP was the configuration picked for reissue, rather than the 12" LP. (Then again, it is a celebrated 10" LP, and the 12" version does not have the much-praised cover by Burt Goldblatt.) I have not seen this Spanish album myself, and would like to receive corroboration that my sources have correctly identified it as a reissue of the 10" LP version.


Title: Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson} (Jazzlore Series #21)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 7 90143 4/1     Rel. Year: 1984
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:34 01/23/1961 5292 I Only Have Eyes For You   (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 It Never Entered My Mind   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:36 12/05/1960 5216 Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree   (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote)
04:17 12/14/1960 5224 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most   (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Lonesome Road   (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 All The Things You Are   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
04:23 12/05/1960 5217 Happy New Year   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:11 01/23/1961 5295 That's How It Went, All Right   (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)

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

NOTES:
Reissue -- with different cover artwork -- of the 1961 album that Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson did jointly for Atlantic Records in 1961. Double Exposure should not be confused with Two's Company, another album by the pair, released the same year but on a different label -- Roulette Records.


Title: Out Of This World
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: zzz~ Charly's Affinity      Cat. Num.: AFF122 (England)     Rel. Year: 1984
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This compilation contains 17 selections from Connor's Bethlehem period. Out Of This World has been reissued on CD at least twice (1993, 1995), on both cases in versions that cut the total number of Connor tracks from 17 to 10 .


Title: Three Pearls {Ernestine Anderson, Chris Connor, Carol Sloane}
Artist: Various
Format: LP/CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI Eastworld      Cat. Num.: EWJ 90028 (Japan) [CD rel. & reissued 1987, 1998, etc.]     Rel. Year: 1984
05:18 April 25 and 27, 1983 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
      April 25 and 27, 1983 I Love Being Here With You   (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
      April 25 and 27, 1983 The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
      April 25 and 27, 1983 Solitude   (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Ed DeLange)

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

NOTES:
This album contains 10 tracks. Each of the featured vocalists sings solo on two or more tracks. Ernestine Anderson interprets "What's New?" and "Someday My Prince Will Come." Carol Sloane does "All Of Me," "Love Walked In," "Early Autumn" and "Willow Weep For Me." Anderson, Connor, and Sloane sing together in the remaining track ("A Foggy Day").

This Japanese album has been issued on CD at least three times: as CBS 32DP 794 (1987), as CD EMI Toshiba TOCJ-8039 (1998), and as EMI Eastworld CP38-3140 (issue year unknown). The 1984 release date refers to the original format (LP) only.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton
Artist: Various
Format: CS/LP     Label: www~ Book Of The Month     Cat. Num.: BM 91-7573/81-7572     Rel. Year: 1985     Volumes: 3
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This set came out as 3 LPs but as 2 cassettes.


Title: [Various Artists] Singers ("Atlantic Jazz" Series)
Artist: Atlantic's roster
Format: CS/LP/CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 81706 / Box 81712 [released in 1990]     Rel. Year: 1986
04:04 Late April 1974 29428 Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight   (James Taylor)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Lonely Woman   (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)

Chris Connor, Peggy Lee (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Dave Grusin (pdr, arr, con, p, fen, snt, per), Peggy Lee (pdr, arr, v), Phil Schier (eng), Artie Butler (arr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Erno Neufeld (ccm), Pete Christlieb (f, ts), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Jerome Richardson (ss, as, bar), Charles "Chuck" Findley, Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), Frank Rosolino (tb), Vincent DeRosa (frh), Gene Cipriano (o), Dennis Budimir, Dan Ferguson, Lee Ritenour, David T. Walker (g), George Duvivier, Chuck Rainey (b), Unknown (str), Ronnie Ball, George Gaffney (p), Dick Borden, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Harvey Mason (d, per), Bobbye Hall (cng), Chris Connor (v), Jim Gilstrap, Joe Green, Marti McCall, Jackie Ward, Edna Wright (bkv)

NOTES:
This issue features performances from more than one of my discographical subjects. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" is a Peggy Lee performance, "Lonely Woman" a Chris Connor performance.

Singers was available both separately and as part of the 12-volume box Atlantic Jazz (catalogue number 81712). The box was issued in both cassette and LP configurations; I do not know if it was also produced in the CD format.


Title: Classic
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: FANTASY's Contemporary     Cat. Num.: 5C/C 15023     Rel. Year: 1987
02:38 August 5,6, 1986 Let's Face The Music And Dance   (Irving Berlin)
04:12 August 5,6, 1986 Laura   (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin)
02:40 August 5,6, 1986 Sweet Happy Life (Samba de Orfeu)   (Norman Gimbel, Luiz Bonfá, Antonio Maria Araujo de Moraes, Andre Michel C. Salvet)
03:37 August 5,6, 1986 In Love In Vain   (Leo Robin, Jerome Kern)
00:36 August 5,6, 1986 What Is This Thing Called Love?   (Cole Porter)
01:52 August 5,6, 1986 You Don't Know What Love Is   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
02:29 August 5,6, 1986 Love   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
04:10 August 5,6, 1986 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
04:04 August 5,6, 1986 Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
03:34 August 5,6, 1986 Brazil   (Ary Barroso, Bob Russell)
04:30 August 5,6, 1986 We'll Be Together Again   (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
02:40 August 5,6, 1986 Let's Take The Long Way Home   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

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

NOTES:
Classic was reviewed by Alan Bargebuhr in the September 1987 issue of Cadence magazine: "Chris Connor sounds surprisingly as she did in the 50's. The breathy huskiness, which has been her trademark, appears intact. She seems to find some comfort in familiar material, or else (with so many songs in the popular song catalog), why would she choose to re-record Blame/Love/Cents/Don't Know? She's still skillful at playing with meter and emphasis, readjusting melodies and, in some cases, reshaping whole songs. She is not a strong interpreter of lyrics ... This is not to say that she disregrads them entirely. She is, in the end, a stylist who has escaped falling into an exaggeration of her own style. On this LP, her accompaniment is solid and the proceedings are ... jazz inclined. The album's title may be a slight overstatement, but Miss Connor is certainly holding her own."

Besides making this original appearance on LP and cassette in 1987, this album was also issued on CD in 1992.


Title: New Again
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CS/LP     Label: FANTASY's Contemporary     Cat. Num.: 5C/C 14038     Rel. Year: 1987
03:05 August 17-19, 1987 Dearly Beloved   (Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern)
04:11 August 17-19, 1987 Down In Brazil   (Michael Franks)
03:46 August 17-19, 1987 I Never Meant To Hurt You   (Laura Nyro)
03:14 August 17-19, 1987 Love Locked Out   (Ray Noble, M. Kester)
02:00 August 17-19, 1987 Cheek To Cheek   (Irving Berlin)
01:25 August 17-19, 1987 That Face   (Lew Spence, Alan Bergman)
02:35 August 17-19, 1987 Dancing In The Dark   (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
00:20 August 17-19, 1987 It Only Happens When I Dance With You   (Irving Berlin)
03:06 August 17-19, 1987 Mad About The Boy   (Noel Coward)
04:17 August 17-19, 1987 Antonio's Song   (Michael Franks)
04:12 August 17-19, 1987 I Wish I'd Met You   (Johnny Mandel, Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)
05:02 August 17-19, 1987 My Foolish Heart   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
      August 17-19, 1987 Saturday Night   (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
      August 17-19, 1987 Little White Lies   (Walter Donaldson)
      August 17-19, 1987 I Wish I Didn't Love You So   (Frank Loesser)
      August 17-19, 1987 I've Heard That Song Before   (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
      August 17-19, 1987 Everything Old Is New Again   (Peter Allen)

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

NOTES:
Besides making this original appearance on LP and cassette in 1987, this album was also issued on CD in 1992.


Title: [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 82308     Rel. Year: 1987
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 They All Laughed   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con, ts), Ray Ellis (arr, con), Ralph Burns (con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Danny Bank, Sol Schlinger (bar), Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Nick Travis (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, John Lewis (p), Gus Johnson, Connie Kay, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Besides making this original appearance on LP in 1987, this album was also issued on CD and on cassette in 1991.


Title: Chris Connor {Twofer: Chris / This Is Chris}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©Columbia's Nippon     Cat. Num.: 33CY-1641 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1987
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the Bethlehem LPs Chris and This Is Chris. One number, "From This Moment On," happens to be in both LPs. This CD includes the number only once, as part of the Chris sequence.

I have never seen a physical copy of this issue. I would appreciate hearing from those who have, and who might want to kindly share any other details of relevance to this entry. A description of the front cover would be particularly welcome. The limited amount of information at my reach points toward the use of the same cover as the Bethlehem album Chris (BCP-56). The exact title of this twofer also remains unclear to me. It might be Chris Connor or it might simply be Chris.


Title: Girl Talk {Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae, Marilyn Moore, Betty Roché, Nina Simone}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Charly's Atlantis      Cat. Num.: 97     Rel. Year: 1987
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This compilation contains tracks made by the above-listed singers for Bethlehem.


Title: Cool Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Charly     Cat. Num.: CD 115 (England)     Rel. Year: 1988
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Compilation of tracks from Connor's Bethlehem years.


Title: [Various Artists] At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Westwind      Cat. Num.: 0025 (Germany)     Rel. Year: 1988
03:05 07/16/1961 Day In - Day Out   (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
02:31 07/16/1961 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
05:20 07/16/1961 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most   (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
03:52 07/16/1961 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:53 07/16/1961 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This LP contains nine tracks. In addition to the five vocals listed above, four instrumentals are included: "Love For Sale," "Lover Come Back To Me," "Rifftide" and "The Man I Love." The instrumentals feature Tommy Flanagan, Coleman Hawkins, and Roy Eldridge, along with some of the other musicians who were part of the so-called American Jazz Festival from which all these live tracks were taken.

At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America was reissued on CD in 1995, both as one disc and as part of the 3CD set The Jazz Festivals In Latin America. See further details under those 1995 releases.

Portions of the festival have been issued in various LPs and CDs. There is one entitled Hot Stuff From Brazil, credited to Kenny Dorham but in reality featuring various ensembles. It was first issued on LP, then on CD (1995, 2007). I do not have a copy, and online listings about it are confusing. The LP and the 1995 CD do not seem to have any Connor tracks, but the 2007 edition does.


Title: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 601-2     Rel. Year: 1989     Volumes: 2
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:26 02/01/1957 2323 Of Thee I Sing   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:31 02/01/1957 2324 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 I've Got A Crush On You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:00 02/01/1957 2326 Soon   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:38 02/01/1957 2327 Liza   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn)
03:02 02/01/1957 2328 Looking For A Boy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:45 02/01/1957 2329 I Got Rhythm   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:09 02/07/1957 2334 I've Got Beginner's Luck   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Slap That Bass   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 For You, For Me, For Evermore   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 02/07/1957 2337 Love Is Sweeping The Country   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 The Man I Love   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
01:41 02/26/1957 2388 There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 I Loves You Porgy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Nice Work If You Can Get It   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:54 03/12/1957 2420 Blah Blah Blah   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 They Can't Take That Away From Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 03/26/1957 2422 Clap Yo' Hands   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:08 03/26/1957 2423 Little Jazz Bird   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 I Was Doing All Right   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:39 03/26/1957 2425 My One And Only   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:12 04/24/1957 2482 That Certain Feeling   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:34 04/24/1957 2483 Fascinating Rhythm   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 (Our) Love Is Here To Stay   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 They All Laughed   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:48 05/01/1957 2517 I Can't Be Bothered Now   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Somebody Loves Me   (Buddy DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:33 05/01/1957 2520 Embraceable You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:09 09/13/1959 3447 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ray Ellis, Don Sebesky (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Willie Maiden (cl, ts), Frank Hittner (bcl, bar), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Bill Berry, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Joe Newman, Doc Severinsen (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Kenny Rupp, Jim Thompson, Ray Winslow (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Eddie de Haas, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Sanders (b), Jaki Byard, Hank Jones, Bill Rubenstein (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Lex Humpries, Osie Johnson, Rufus Jones, Ed Shaughnessy (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Domestic digital reissue of the 1957 LP set that bears the same title.

A. Total Number Of Tracks

Although 36 titles are listed above, the total number of tracks is 34, due to the fact that two titles are part of a Porgy And Bess medley (Summertime," "There's A Boat Dat's Leaving For New York," and "I Loves You, Porgy").

B. Bonus Tracks

Four bonus tracks are included: a 1956 version of "But Not For Me" (from the album He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not), a 1957 version of "They All Laughed" (from these Gershwin sessions, but originally released in the LP I Miss You So, not in the Gershwin Almanac), a 1959 live version of "Strike Up The Band" (taken from the album Chris In Person), and a 1961 version of "Summertime," from the Roulette album Two's Company.

C. Factual Errors

There are various discographical mistakes in the information provided by this CD. The front cover states that the total number of bonus tracks is two. The back cover and the booklet correctly list four.

The recording date that the booklet of Atlantic CD 601-2 gives to "They All Laughed" (master #2485) is wrong, too. The correct date is not September 13, 1959 but April 24, 1957.

Another dating error in the information supplied by Atlantic CD 601-2 pertains to "Strike Up The Band" (master 3447). It was not taped on the date stated by the CD (January 23, 1961) but on September 13, 1959.

D. Sound Quality

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.)

E. Reissues

Among the Japanese CD reissues of this American disc is the "miniature LP" edition Atlantic WEA WPCR-25164/25165, which also includes the aforementioned bonus tracks. Released in 2007.


Title: Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Fresh Sound      Cat. Num.: FSR-CD 30 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 1989
02:08 01/30/1961 15652 I Feel A Song Coming On   (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:00 12/15/1960 15646 The Wind   (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 New York's My Home   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Guess Who I Saw Today   (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 When The Sun Comes Out   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Send For Me   (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Where Do You Go?   (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Deep Song   (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Can't Get Out Of This Mood   (Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser)

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)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of Two's Company, the 1961 album that Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson did for Roulette in 1961.


Title: A Double Date With Helen Forrest and Chris Connor {Helen Forrest, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: STASH     Cat. Num.: ST-CD-14     Rel. Year: 1989
02:10 September 12, 19, 1983 I Love Being Here With You   (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
02:24 September 12, 19, 1983 The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
04:57 September 12, 19, 1983 Like Someone In Love   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
02:55 September 12, 19, 1983 This Is It   (Arthur Schwartz, Dorothy Fields)
02:09 September 12, 19, 1983 Rio   (Peter Allen)
03:08 September 12, 19, 1983 How Little We Know   (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
04:58 September 12, 19, 1983 Anyone Home   (Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)
04:44 September 12, 19, 1983 Baia   (Ary Barroso)
02:06 September 12, 19, 1983 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

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

NOTES:
This twofer reissues two original LPs on Stash Records, both from 1983: Connor's Love Being Here With You and Helen Forrest's Now And Forever.


Title: A Weekend In Paris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Roulette Toshiba      Cat. Num.: TOCJ-5359 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1990
03:00 1963 It's Not For Me To Say   (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
02:20 1963 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)
03:20 1963 I Could Go On Singing   (Harold Arlen, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 1963 I Love My Man   (Bobby Scott, Joe Scott)
02:45 1963 Humdrum Blues   (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:15 1963 The Second Time Around   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:29 1963 I Wish You Love   (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
03:53 1963 Chances Are   (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
04:58 1963 Meantime   (Al Stillman, Robert Allen)
02:46 1963 Johnny   (Bobby Scott, Joe Scott)

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

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1964 original album that bears the same title. Also reissued by EMI Toshiba in 2010, as TOCJ-56065.


Title: [Stan Kenton] A True Collectors Item ("Jazz Archives" Series)
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ PMF {Peter's Music Factory}      Cat. Num.: 90.108-2 (The Netherlands)     Rel. Year: 1990
      04/21/1953 Everything Happens To Me   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
      06/02/1953 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards, Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Tony Ferina, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: As Time Goes By
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCR-111 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
04:03 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Falling In Love With Love   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
06:51 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] As Time Goes By   (Herman Hupfeld)
03:37 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] September In The Rain   (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
04:58 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
03:53 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
04:08 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Long Ago (And Far Away)   (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin)
03:46 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
05:24 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:20 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
07:03 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

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

NOTES:
This original Alpha Jazz album was issued in both Japan and Germany. The German label that released it was Enja. Both versions came out the same year and bear the same title, but the artwork is different.


Title: As Time Goes By
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Enja     Cat. Num.: ENJ-7061 2 (Germany)     Rel. Year: 1991
04:03 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Falling In Love With Love   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
06:51 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] As Time Goes By   (Herman Hupfeld)
03:37 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] September In The Rain   (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
04:58 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
03:53 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
04:08 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Long Ago (And Far Away)   (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin)
03:46 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
05:24 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:20 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
07:03 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

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

NOTES:
Reissue (or simultaneous co-release) of the 1991 Alpha Jazz Japanese CD that bears the same title. Different artwork.

Reviewed in the May 1993 issue of the magazine Stereo Review: Short of Billie Holiday, you couldn't ask for more than we get here. Chris Connor is a veteran singer whose slight nasality and occasionally brittle phrasing used to come as affected but now seems evidence of character. In this new release, she offers lived-in but undistressed interpretations of ten songs whose familiarity deepens their meaning -- songs like the title from Casablanca, to which listeners bring their own associations. The rhythm backing is flawless ... "


Title: Angel Eyes
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCR-124 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Unforgettable   (Irving Gordon)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] It Might As Well Be Spring   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] The Nearness Of You   (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] All Alone   (Irving Berlin)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] What'll I Do   (Irving Berlin)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] This Can't Be Love   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] That Old Devil Called Love   (Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher)
      March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 1991 ["Angel Eyes" Set] Lover   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

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

NOTES:
Original album, released in Japan only.


Title: Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: AMCY 1050 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Circus   (Louis Alter, Bob Russell)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Flying Home   (Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

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

NOTES:
Listed above are just the bonus tracks -- not the full program -- of this Japanese issue. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, my policy is to list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.)


Title: I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: AMCY 1059 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:39 04/29/1958 3054 Under Paris Skies   (Kim Gannon, Hubert Giraud, Jean Drejac)
02:45 04/29/1958 3055 Moon Ride   (Margo Guryan)
02:50 12/22/1959 3984 Invitation   (Paul Francis Webster, Bronislau Kaper)
      01/28/1960 4241 I Only Want Some   (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

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

NOTES:
Listed above are just the bonus tracks -- not the full program -- of this Japanese issue. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, my policy is to list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.)


Title: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: AMCY 1072 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:32 09/06/1959 3656 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Listed above are just the bonus tracks -- not the full program -- of this Japanese issue. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, my policy is to list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.)


Title: Free Spirits ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: AMCY-1077 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
03:41 03/11/1962 6044 Look No Further   (Richard Rodgers)
02:40 03/11/1962 6045 No Strings   (Richard Rodgers)
03:18 03/11/1962 6046 Nobody Told Me   (Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Al Cohn (arr, 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)

NOTES:
Listed above are just the four bonus tracks included in the Japanese edition of the American album Free Spirits. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, my policy is to list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.) All four tracks were taken from another American Atlantic album, a 1962 multiple-artists project entitled No Strings: An After-Theater Version, which was Connor's last work for the label.


Title: The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Victor     Cat. Num.: AMCY-1078 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
03:10 09/06/1959 3658 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Oh! You Crazy Moon   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'   (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Jump For Joy   (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Sid Kuller)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Go 'Way From My Window   (John Jacob Niles)
02:26 07/31/1958 3108 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
02:23 07/31/1958 3109 I Won't Cry Anymore   (Al Frisch, Fred Wise)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
03:14 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3338 Bargain Day   (William Roy)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 He Was Too Good To Me   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Al Cohn, Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Bobby Jasper (f), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Marshal Royal (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bernie Glow, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Snooky Young (t), Bob Alexander, Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, Hank Jones, John Lewis (p), Dave Bailey, Sol Gubin, Osie Johnson, Connie Kay, Don Lamond, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), 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)

NOTES:
Reissue of Japanese LP Victor MJ 7020 (release year unknown) with one bonus track, "I Won't Cry Anymore." The front cover of this CD is all black, without any type of artwork. Re-pressed in 1997 with catalogue number AMCY-2221.

Two thirds of the tracks come from Connor's original albums on Atlantic Records:

Chris Connor ("He Was Too Good To Me," "I Get A Kick Out of You")
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not ("Oh, You Crazy Moon")
Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song ("Summertime")
Witchcraft ("I Hear The Music Now," "Witchcraft")
Chris Connor Sings Ballads of The Sad Café ("These Foolish Things," "Bargain Day")
Free Spirits ("I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "Jump For Joy")

(This "best of" compilation contains no tracks from Connor's Atlantic albums Chris Craft, A Jazz Date With Chris Connor, A Portrait Of Chris, Double Exposure or Chris In Person.)

Of the remaining five tracks, four come from singles sessions. "I Won't Cry Anymore" and "Hallelujah, I Love Him So" were recorded on July 31, 1958 and originally issued on Atlantic 45 #1198. "Go 'Way From My Window" (recorded on February 15, 1956) and "I Miss Yo So" (recorded on July 28, 1956) were released on separate singles and also in the album I Miss You So which was a singles compilation. "Hallelujah, I Love Him So" is not found in any other Connor LP or CD.

Finally, there is a studio version of "All About Ronnie" which had never been issued before At the present time, the earlier LP and this CD incarnation are still the only issues that contain it.


Title: Chris' Corner
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: PROGRESSIVE©Century     Cat. Num.: CECC 00353 / KUK 82G (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
01:47 01/27/1978 Things Are Swingin'   (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
04:02 01/27/1978 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:58 01/27/1978 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
03:37 01/27/1978 Here's That Rainy Day   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
01:27 01/27/1978 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
03:35 01/27/1978 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
03:36 02/03/1978 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 02/03/1978 I've Got You Under My Skin   (Cole Porter)
04:45 02/03/1978 I Wish You Love   (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
02:17 02/03/1978 I Feel A Song Coming On   (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:37 02/03/1978 When Sunny Gets Blue   (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)

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

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the 1978 LP Sweet And Swinging, on Progressive Records. Also reissued by Audiophile in 1995.


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Holman And Russo Charts
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP/CD     Label: www~ Mosaic      Cat. Num.: MR6-136 / MD4-136     Rel. Year: 1991     Volumes: 6
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!   (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:50 04/08/1953 11352-9 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Baia   (Ary Barroso)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v, bkv)


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Creative World Of Stan Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-5651-5655 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991     Volumes: 5
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Each of the discs in this 5CD set has its own title and -- as is generally the case for Japanese set --, its own catalogue number. Connor's two tracks can be found in the last disc, entitled Standards By Kenton, catalogue number 5655.


Title: [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: 81817 4/2     Rel. Year: 1991
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 They All Laughed   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con, ts), Ray Ellis (arr, con), Ralph Burns (con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), Gene Quill (cl, as), Phil Woods (as), Oliver Nelson (ts), Danny Bank, Sol Schlinger (bar), Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Nick Travis (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, John Lewis (p), Gus Johnson, Connie Kay, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Too Marvelous For Words: Capitol Sings Johnny Mercer
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: C4/C2 96791      Rel. Year: 1991
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Vocals For A Romantic Afternoon
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: EMI     Cat. Num.: Tocj 5297 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1991
02:20 1963 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Your Hit Parade: The Unforgettable '50s
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Time Life Music     Cat. Num.: HPD-27     Rel. Year: 1991
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)

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


Title: Classic
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY's Contemporary     Cat. Num.: CCD-14023-2     Rel. Year: 1992
02:38 August 5,6, 1986 Let's Face The Music And Dance   (Irving Berlin)
04:12 August 5,6, 1986 Laura   (Johnny Mercer, David Raksin)
02:40 August 5,6, 1986 Sweet Happy Life (Samba de Orfeu)   (Norman Gimbel, Luiz Bonfá, Antonio Maria Araujo de Moraes, Andre Michel C. Salvet)
03:37 August 5,6, 1986 In Love In Vain   (Leo Robin, Jerome Kern)
00:36 August 5,6, 1986 What Is This Thing Called Love?   (Cole Porter)
01:52 August 5,6, 1986 You Don't Know What Love Is   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
02:29 August 5,6, 1986 Love   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:41 August 5,6, 1986 The Nearness Of You   (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington)
04:10 August 5,6, 1986 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
04:04 August 5,6, 1986 Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
03:34 August 5,6, 1986 Brazil   (Ary Barroso, Bob Russell)
04:30 August 5,6, 1986 We'll Be Together Again   (Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine)
02:40 August 5,6, 1986 Let's Take The Long Way Home   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

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

NOTES:
Digital version of the original 1987 album that bears the same title and artwork.


Title: New Again
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY's Contemporary     Cat. Num.: CCD-14038-2     Rel. Year: 1992
03:05 August 17-19, 1987 Dearly Beloved   (Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern)
04:11 August 17-19, 1987 Down In Brazil   (Michael Franks)
03:46 August 17-19, 1987 I Never Meant To Hurt You   (Laura Nyro)
03:14 August 17-19, 1987 Love Locked Out   (Ray Noble, M. Kester)
02:00 August 17-19, 1987 Cheek To Cheek   (Irving Berlin)
01:25 August 17-19, 1987 That Face   (Lew Spence, Alan Bergman)
02:35 August 17-19, 1987 Dancing In The Dark   (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
00:20 August 17-19, 1987 It Only Happens When I Dance With You   (Irving Berlin)
03:06 August 17-19, 1987 Mad About The Boy   (Noel Coward)
04:17 August 17-19, 1987 Antonio's Song   (Michael Franks)
04:12 August 17-19, 1987 I Wish I'd Met You   (Johnny Mandel, Richard R. Bennett, Frank Underwood)
05:02 August 17-19, 1987 My Foolish Heart   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
      August 17-19, 1987 Saturday Night   (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
      August 17-19, 1987 Little White Lies   (Walter Donaldson)
      August 17-19, 1987 I Wish I Didn't Love You So   (Frank Loesser)
      August 17-19, 1987 I've Heard That Song Before   (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
      August 17-19, 1987 Everything Old Is New Again   (Peter Allen)

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

NOTES:
Digital version of the original 1987 album that bears the same title and artwork.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland ("Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series")
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: EVIDENCE     Cat. Num.: 20-3005-2     Rel. Year: 1992
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 alt Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Remastered edition of one of Connor's main Bethlehem albums, with an (alleged) alternate take as a bonus track. Reissued by Avenue Jazz in 2000.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Jazz Heritage Society/Amerco      Cat. Num.: 5172478     Rel. Year: 1992
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of a Bethlehem album.


Title: [Various Artists] Anything Goes: Cole Porter ("Capitol Sings" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 0777 7 96361      Rel. Year: 1992
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)


Title: [Various Artists] George Gershwin: American Songbook Series
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Smithsonian      Cat. Num.: RD 048-2     Rel. Year: 1992
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Le Paris Bleu
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note     Cat. Num.: TOCJ 7-99100-2 (France)     Rel. Year: 1992
03:29 1963 I Wish You Love   (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Blue Vocals, Volume 2
Artist: Peggy Lee; Chris Connor
Format: CS/CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note     Cat. Num.: B4/B2 96583     Rel. Year: 1992
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Can't Get Out Of This Mood   (Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser)

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)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton Retrospective
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 7 97350 2     Rel. Year: 1992     Volumes: 4
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)

NOTES:
Connor's one track can be found in disc #97352 of this 4CD set.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Natasha Imports      Cat. Num.: NI-4006     Rel. Year: 1992
03:08 April 23 - May 6, 1953 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
03:17 March 27 - April 9, 1953 There Will Never Be Another You   (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissued by Viper's Nest, with the same title, in 1996. Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: The London Connection
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: AUDIOPHILE     Cat. Num.: ACD-246     Rel. Year: 1993
02:10 09/20/1990 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:48 09/22/1990 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:49 09/21/1990 My Heart Stood Still   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:33 09/20/1990 Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:12 09/21/1990 Lover   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:30 09/20/1990 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:10 09/22/1990 Things Are Swingin'   (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
      09/22/1990 That Old Devil Called Love   (Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher)
03:14 09/21/1990 Dearly Beloved   (Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern)
03:30 09/20/1990 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
      09/21/1990 It Might As Well Be Spring   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
      09/22/1990 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
02:05 09/22/1990 This Can't Be Love   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:34 09/21/1990 Day In - Day Out   (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
02:29 09/21/1990 Lover, Come Back To Me   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:49 09/22/1990 The More I See You   (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
03:06 09/22/1990 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
02:18 09/20/1990 I Love Being Here With You   (Dave Cavanaugh aka Bill Schluger, Peggy Lee)
02:38 09/22/1990 Key Largo   (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)

Chris Connor (ldr), George H. Buck, Jr. (pdr), Richard Rodney Bennett (arr), Alan Barnes (as), Duncan Lamont (ts), Spike Heathley (b), Bob Kaye (p), Terry Jenkins (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Original album, containing live numbers performed in London's Pizza On The Park.


Title: My Funny Valentine
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCR-253 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1993
04:31 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 Come Fly With Me   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
05:36 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 Funny (Not Much)   (Hughie Prince, Phillip Folsom Broughton, Bob Merrill, Marcia Neil)
03:55 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 You Go To My Head   (John Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
05:23 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 Night And Day   (Cole Porter)
03:34 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 This Heart Of Mine   (Harry Warren, Ralph Freed)
04:25 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 It's Easy to Remember   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:35 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 Just One Of Those Things   (Cole Porter)
05:04 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 My Funny Valentine   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:21 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 Flying Down To Rio   (Gus Kahn, Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu)
03:20 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 Beauty and the Beast   (Howard Ashman, Alan Menken)
04:10 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 The Last Dance   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
05:27 May 31 and June 2, 4, 1992 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye   (Cole Porter)

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

NOTES:
Original album, recorded for the Japanese market.


Title: Alone Together {Chris Connor, Anita O'Day}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Tdk     Cat. Num.: TDCN-5046E (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1993
03:39 12/12/1978 Come In From The Rain   (Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager)
03:49 12/12/1978 A Baby's Born   (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
03:57 12/12/1978 I'll Catch The Sun   (Rod McKuen)
03:22 12/12/1978 Blue, Green, Grey And Gone   (Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman, Francis Lemarque)
03:27 12/12/1978 Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
03:22 12/12/1978 More Today Than Yesterday   (Pat Upton)
02:40 12/12/1978 Alone Together   (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:53 12/12/1978 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:50 12/12/1978 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)

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

NOTES:
Digital version of a 1979 original Connor LP. Also issued on CD by Absord Records (2004).

Both CD issues contain five tracks by Anita O'Day which were not part of the 1979 LP. All material -- Connor's and O'Day's -- was originally recorded for the Japanese music market. (The O'Day tracks are "You Go To My Head," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Bluesette," "I'm Old Fashioned," and "Speak Low.")


Title: Out Of This World {Chris Connor, Carmen McRae}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Charly     Cat. Num.: CDCD 1081 (England)     Rel. Year: 1993
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
A digital reissue of two British LPs: Carmen McRae In London; Recorded Live At The Flamingo Jazz Club (Ember Records, 1966) and Chris Connor's Out Of This World (Affinity, a label or branch of Charly Records, 1984). The Affinity album is a 17-track compilation of material from Chris Connor's Bethlehem period. This 1993 CD contains only 10 of the 17 tracks that appear in the Affinity LP. Reissed in 1995.


Title: [Various Artists] George & Ira Gershwin: Great American Songwriters Series
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: R2-71503     Rel. Year: 1993
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Rodgers & Hart: Great American Songwriters Series, Volume 3
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: R4/R2 -71505     Rel. Year: 1993
03:30 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3341 Glad To Be Unhappy   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: Great American Songwriters Series, Volume 5
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: R4/R2 -71507     Rel. Year: 1993
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)

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


Title: [Various Artists] The 15th Anniversary Stash Sampler
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: STASH     Cat. Num.: ST-CD-526     Rel. Year: 1993
02:09 September 12, 19, 1983 Rio   (Peter Allen)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Best Of The '50's ("Atlantic Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: R2 71282     Rel. Year: 1993
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

Chris Connor (ldr), Kenny Burrell (g), Eddie de Haas (b), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lex Humpries (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Unissued Concert In Miniature Encores, 1952-1953
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Natasha Imports      Cat. Num.: NI-4017     Rel. Year: 1993
02:41 April 23 - May 6, 1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
03:51 April 23 - May 6, 1953 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
02:58 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
02:58 March 27 - April 9, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards, Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: Chris ("Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series")
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: EVIDENCE     Cat. Num.: 20-4011-2     Rel. Year: 1994
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 alt All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:52 December 17-18, 1953 alt Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:24 December 17-18, 1953 alt Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
03:01 December 17-18, 1953 alt Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:19 August 9-11, 1954 alt I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 alt Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 alt Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 alt Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:29 April 1955, Later Date alt From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:30 April 1955, Later Date alt A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:41 April 1955, Later Date alt Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date alt Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Remastered edition of one of Chris Connor's three main LPs on Bethlehem. Includes, as bonus tracks, (alleged) alternate takes of all 12 master takes. Since most of them sound identical to the master takes, there is doubt about the validity of the moniker "alternate."

Domestically, this CD was reissued by Avenue Jazz Records in 2000.


Title: This Is Chris ("Bethlehem Jazz Classic Series")
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: EVIDENCE     Cat. Num.: 20-5017-2     Rel. Year: 1994
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Remastered edition of one of Chris Connor's three main LPs on Bethlehem. (Actually, this was the only one of those three LPs to contain tracks, expressly recorded for release on a 12" album. Though advertised as brand new original albums, the other two 12" LPs were just compilations of material previously issued on singles, EPs, and 10" LPs.) Domestically, this Evidence CD was reissued by Avenue Jazz Records in 2001.


Title: Carmen McRae Live At The Flamingo Club / The Magic Of Chris Connor
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Fat Boy      Cat. Num.: FATCD 168 (England)     Rel. Year: 1994
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
This bargain twofer consists of two albums that the British label Ember had relesed in the 1960s: Carmen McRae In London; Recorded Live At The Flamingo Jazz Club (1966) and The Magic Of Chris Connor (1962). The latter was in turn a reissue of the Bethlehem LP Chris, aka The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor.


Title: Nina Simone And Her Friends {Chris Connor, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ZYX     Cat. Num.: BET 6020-2 (Germany)     Rel. Year: 1994
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the 1960 Bethlehem compilation that bears the same title.


Title: [Various Artists] From This Moment On: The Songs Of Cole Porter
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Smithsonian      Cat. Num.: RD 047 A4 22481-22485     Rel. Year: 1994     Volumes: 4
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)

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)


Title: [Various Artists] Great American Songwriters
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ LaserLight/Delta      Cat. Num.: 15991     Rel. Year: 1994
03:54 1971 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

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


Title: Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: EVIDENCE     Cat. Num.: ECD 22110-2     Rel. Year: 1995
03:26 09/25/1981 It Might As Well Be Spring   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
03:30 09/25/1981 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:31 09/25/1981 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:55 09/25/1981 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:43 09/25/1981 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
02:42 09/25/1981 I've Got You Under My Skin   (Cole Porter)
02:25 09/25/1981 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:46 09/25/1981 Lover, Come Back To Me   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:08 09/25/1981 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:18 09/25/1981 Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)
03:20 09/25/1981 Glad To Be Unhappy   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:58 09/25/1981 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
02:50 09/25/1981 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:07 09/25/1981 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
03:28 09/25/1981 My Heart Stood Still   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Horst Liepolt (pdr), Steve LaSpina (b), Fred Hersch (p), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Previously unissued concert tracks.

Reissued in 2003 by Absorb Music, in Japan.

This is one of two Connor dates at the Sweet Basil which have been issued. The other one: Chris Connor Live (Applause Records, 1983).


Title: Blue Moon
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ALFA JAZZ     Cat. Num.: ALCB-3902 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1995
03:03 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 Dearly Beloved   (Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern)
04:27 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 All The Way   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:00 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 Days Of Wine And Roses   (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer)
05:18 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 All Through The Night   (Cole Porter)
03:14 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 Singing In The Rain   (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
03:55 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 The Crying Game   (Geoff Stephens)
05:35 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 Wild Is The Wind   (Ned Washington, Dmitri Tiomkin)
04:08 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 So In Love   (Cole Porter)
04:47 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 Blue Moon   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:47 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 That's Entertainment   (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
04:23 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 Can You Feel The Love Tonight   (Tim Rice, Elton John)
03:17 June 13, 15, 17 and July 5, 6, 1995 Be A Clown   (Cole Porter)

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

NOTES:
Connor's last original album of the 1990s. (Her next original album would be Haunted Heart, released in 2001.)


Title: Sweet And Swinging
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Audiophile     Cat. Num.: 208     Rel. Year: 1995
01:47 01/27/1978 Things Are Swingin'   (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
04:02 01/27/1978 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:58 01/27/1978 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
03:37 01/27/1978 Here's That Rainy Day   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:36 02/03/1978 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
01:27 01/27/1978 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
03:35 01/27/1978 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:53 02/03/1978 I've Got You Under My Skin   (Cole Porter)
04:45 02/03/1978 I Wish You Love   (Charles Trenet, Albert Beach)
02:17 02/03/1978 I Feel A Song Coming On   (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:37 02/03/1978 When Sunny Gets Blue   (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)

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

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the 1978 LP that bears the same title, on Progressive Records. Also reissued by Century, in Japan, under the title Chris' Corner (1991).


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©Columbia's Nippon     Cat. Num.: COCY-78661 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1995
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 alt Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale (g), Sid Block, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Listed above are just the bonus tracks included in this Japanese edition, per my policy for foreign reissues. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, I list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.)

Of these two alternate takes, "Ask Me" is exclusive to this Japanese issue. The alternate take of "Why Shouldn't I?" appears in various American and Japanese CD (re)issues.

One additional note, or caveat. Readers should bear in mind that I have not seen physical copies of most of the Japanese reissues listed in this page. For such issues, I am relying on track information supplied by online music stores, whose data is not always entirely accurate. If you happen to own a copy of the disc under discussion, I would appreciate receiving confirmation that it actually includes the indicated alternates.


Title: [Various Artists] At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Westwind      Cat. Num.: 2025 (Germany)     Rel. Year: 1995
03:05 07/16/1961 Day In - Day Out   (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
02:31 07/16/1961 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
05:20 07/16/1961 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most   (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
03:52 07/16/1961 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:53 07/16/1961 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the 1988 Westwind LP that bears the same title. Both the LP and the CD contain a total of nine tracks. In addition to the five vocals listed above, four instrumentals are included: "Love For Sale," "Lover, Come Back To Me," "Rifftide" and "The Man I Love." The instrumentals feature Tommy Flanagan, Coleman Hawkins, and Roy Eldridge, along with some of the other musicians who were part of the so-called American Jazz Festival from which all these live tracks were taken.


Title: [Various Artists] The Jazz Festivals In Latin America
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Westwind      Cat. Num.: 2062 [Germany]     Rel. Year: 1995     Volumes: 3
03:05 07/16/1961 Day In - Day Out   (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
02:31 07/16/1961 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
05:20 07/16/1961 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most   (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
03:52 07/16/1961 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:53 07/16/1961 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This 3CD set contains many of the performances from the so-called American Jazz Festival which was held in Brazil in 1961. The total number of tracks is 22.

The Connor vocals included herein are the same ones found in the 1995 co-release At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America.

I suspect that this set's 3 CDs were sold not only as an unit but also separately. (I call my comment a suspicion because I do not have a copy of the set. Hence I cannot fully corroborate.) If my suspicion is correct, then the aforementioned co-release (At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America) should be identical to one of the three discs that are part of The Jazz Festivals In Latin America.


Title: [Various Artists] The Sullivan Years: Great Ladies of Jazz
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Sundays & Sofa/TVT      Cat. Num.: TVT-9450- 4/2     Rel. Year: 1995
02:00 04/10/1960 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:31 07/17/1960 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This CD contains the audio of various performances from Ed Sullivan's TV show. It is an official release from the company that owns Sullivan's TV material. In addition to Chris Connor, the other featured singers are Lena Horne, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Keely Smith, and Sarah Vaughan. In 2010, these performances were also officially released on commercial MP3 files.


Title: Out Of This World {Chris Connor, Carmen McRae} (Classic Soul Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ TKO [licensed?]     Cat. Num.: CDCD 1081 (EEC)     Rel. Year: 1995
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
A digital reissue of two British LPs: Carmen McRae In London; Recorded Live At The Flamingo Jazz Club (Ember Records, 1966) and Chris Connor's Out Of This World (Affinity, a label or branch of Charly Records, 1984). The Affinity album is a 17-track compilation of material from Chris Connor's Bethlehem period. This 1995 CD contains only 10 of the 17 tracks that appear in the Affinity LP. Previously issued in 1993.


Title: [Various Artists] Those Fabulous Ladies Of Jazz
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Jazz World      Cat. Num.: 2528 (Denmark)      Rel. Year: 1995
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)


Title: [Various Artists] Great American Songwriters, Volumes 1-5
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: 74033     Rel. Year: 1995
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)

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


Title: [Various Artists] I Feel A Song Comin' On: Jimmy McHugh ("Capitol Sings" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: 7243 8 32565      Rel. Year: 1995
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Can't Get Out Of This Mood   (Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser)

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)


Title: [Various Artists] The Ladies Sing The Gershwin Songbook
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Blue Moon      Cat. Num.: Bm2cd 99907 (Spain)      Rel. Year: 1995     Volumes: 2
02:34 05/27/1957 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 05/27/1957 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Unknown (b, d), Stan Freeman (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Voices Of Cool, Volume 2 ("Atlantic Jazz Vocals" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: 71784     Rel. Year: 1995
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Love Songs
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ LaserLight/Delta      Cat. Num.: 12485     Rel. Year: 1995
03:32 1971 As I Love My Own   (Rod McKuen)

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


Title: [Various Artists] The Compact Sound Of Jazz
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Charly     Cat. Num.: SAM 102 (England)     Rel. Year: 1995
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)


Title: [Various Artists] Back To Balboa: Kenton's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ MAMA Musical Archives Foundation     Cat. Num.: MMF 1003     Rel. Year: 1995     Volumes: 5
04:53 June 2, 1991; The Back To Balboa Convention All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

Richard Rodney Bennett (arr), Marion "Buddy" Childers (con), Alan Broadbent (p), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Live track.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Masters Of Swing: Stan Kenton 1952-53
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Swing Mania      Cat. Num.: 682466 (France)     Rel. Year: 1995
      04/21/1953 Everything Happens To Me   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
      05/19/1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
      06/02/1953 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards, Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Tony Ferina, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ROULETTE Jazz     Cat. Num.: 7243 8 37201 2 5     Rel. Year: 1996
02:08 01/30/1961 15652 I Feel A Song Coming On   (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:00 12/15/1960 15646 The Wind   (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 New York's My Home   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Guess Who I Saw Today   (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 When The Sun Comes Out   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Send For Me   (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Where Do You Go?   (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Deep Song   (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Can't Get Out Of This Mood   (Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser)

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)

NOTES:
Reissue of the album that Roulette Records originally issued in 1961, with the same title.


Title: All About Ronnie ("Giants of Jazz" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Giants Of Jazz / Promo     Cat. Num.: 53230 (Italy)     Rel. Year: 1996
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!   (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
03:25 11/16/1960 5179 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun, Lee Gillette, Creed Taylor (pdr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Bill Russo (arr, tb), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz, Milt Yaner (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Bob Gioga, Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Jimmy Nottingham, Ernie Royal, Don Smith, Red Solomon (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Bob Burgess, Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Frank Saracco, Tom Shepard, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), George Roberts (bt), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Barry Galbraith, Joe Puma, Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Stan Kenton, Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Stan Levey, Art Mardigan, Teddy Sommer (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v, bkv), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Public Domain compilation that combines 17 of Chris Connor's 35 masters for Bethlehem Records with 1 master from her Atlantic years ("Where Flamingos Fly") and 5 of the 8 masters that she recorded for Capitol (as vocalist with The Stan Kenton Orchestra).


Title: [Stan Kenton] Jazz Ladies & Stan Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Giants Of Jazz / Promo     Cat. Num.: 53240 (Italy)     Rel. Year: 1996
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!   (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v, bkv)

NOTES:
This Public Domain compiulation features vocal recordings by The Stan Kenton Orchestra. In addition to Chris Connor, the other featured canaries are Kay Brown, June Christy, Anita O'Day, Ann Richards, and Jean Turner.


Title: [Various Artists] James Van Heusen: The Smithsonian American Songbook Series
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Smithsonian      Cat. Num.: AD048-18 A24155     Rel. Year: 1996
03:11 06/06/1956 2011 Suddenly It's Spring   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)

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


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature Encores: 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Viper's Nest     Cat. Num.: VN-1007     Rel. Year: 1996
03:08 April 23 - May 6, 1953 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
03:17 March 27 - April 9, 1953 There Will Never Be Another You   (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Previously issued (1992) by Natasha Imports, with the same title but different artwork. Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Various Artists] Bethlehem Jazz Sampler, Volume 1 (Jazz Series)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: BETHLEHEM     Cat. Num.: 20-3024-2     Rel. Year: 1996
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Ballads
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Enja     Cat. Num.: 9300 [Germany]     Rel. Year: 1996
05:24 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Christmas With Friends and Lovers
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ LaserLight/Delta      Cat. Num.: 12784     Rel. Year: 1996
02:54 1971 Snowbird   (Gene MacLellan)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Female Vocal Classics ("Masters of Jazz Series," 5)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: R2 72472     Rel. Year: 1996
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Ladies In Jazzland
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Jazzfest / Koch     Cat. Num.: 2226     Rel. Year: 1997
03:53 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Sing Me A Song Of Jazz
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Jazzfest / Koch     Cat. Num.: 2217     Rel. Year: 1997
03:53 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Songs Of Love, Peace, Understanding And A Little Headache
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Jazzfest / Koch     Cat. Num.: __     Rel. Year: 1997
06:51 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] As Time Goes By   (Herman Hupfeld)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Sincerely, George & Ira Gershwin
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Jazzfest / Koch     Cat. Num.: 2208     Rel. Year: 1997
02:20 March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 1991 ["As Time Goes By" set] Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Club Verboten
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Dcc     Cat. Num.: 135     Rel. Year: 1997
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Ladies Only
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ TKM     Cat. Num.: 3056     Rel. Year: 1997
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: 'S Wonderful
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Blue Moon      Cat. Num.: BMCD 3074 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 1998
02:03 1963 A Lot Of Livin' To Do   (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis   (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Old Devil Moon   (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Only The Lonely   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:34 05/27/1957 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:56 05/27/1957 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Unknown (b, d), Ronnie Ball, Stan Freeman (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1963 FM live album Chris Connor At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show, with two bonus tracks taken from the 1976 Calliope LPs Sessions, Live, 1956 and Sessions, Live, 1957. (Those bonus tracks were taped from a 1957 TV performance. They are not found in any other CD.)

This Blue Moon CD can be found listed with a 2004 release date in online sites. However, it definitely was originally issued years earlier. Perhaps it was just re-pressed and re-released in 2004.

The Spanish label Fresh Sound (to which Blue Moon probably has ties) also released this album on LP, at an unknown date.


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Vocal Classics (Atlantic Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: 72966     Rel. Year: 1998
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Moon Ray   (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison)

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


Title: [Various Artists] The Jazz Singers
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: www~ Smithsonian      Cat. Num.: RD 113 RJ 0041 / 0040     Rel. Year: 1998
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Songs For Sophisticats
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Charly     Cat. Num.: (England)     Rel. Year: 1998
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] The 1950's Birdland Broadcasts
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Jazz Band [collectors']     Cat. Num.: EBCD 2135-2 (England)     Rel. Year: 1998
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)
02:21 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Love Me Or Leave Me   (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
02:53 April 23 - May 6, 1953 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:14 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ 32 Jazz      Cat. Num.: 32108     Rel. Year: 1999     Volumes: 2
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Lonesome Road   (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 All The Things You Are   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 It Never Entered My Mind   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:02 10/27/1960 5148 Here's That Rainy Day   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:50 11/16/1960 5177 Follow Me   (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
04:20 11/16/1960 5180 I'm Glad There Is You   (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Go 'Way From My Window   (John Jacob Niles)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Time Out For Tears   (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Oh! You Crazy Moon   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:46 06/05/1956 2009 High On A Windy Hill   (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
04:13 08/07/1956 2075 I Wonder What Became Of Me   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:27 01/19/1956 1836 When The Wind Was Green   (Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 It Only Happens When I Dance With You   (Irving Berlin)
04:19 12/17/1956 2243 Lonely Town   (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:12 12/19/1956 2278 My Shining Hour   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:23 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3340 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
03:48 03/10/1959 3407 The End Of A Love Affair   (Edward. C. Redding)
04:51 03/19/1959 3413 Lilac Wine   (James H. Shelton)
02:31 02/01/1957 2324 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 02/01/1957 2325 I've Got A Crush On You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:45 02/01/1957 2329 I Got Rhythm   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:08 03/26/1957 2423 Little Jazz Bird   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'   (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:21 04/09/1962 6094 Milano   (John Lewis, Margo Guryan)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Jump For Joy   (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Sid Kuller)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Lonely Woman   (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)
03:53 04/30/1962 6186 Kansas City   (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Flying Home   (Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
02:55 09/06/1959 3655 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)
02:32 09/06/1959 3656 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:03 03/10/1959 3406 (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over   (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Ray Ellis (arr, con), Al Cohn (arr, con, ts), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Willie Maiden (arr, cl, ts), Don Sebesky (arr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p), Harry Lookofsky (ccm, vn), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra, Jimmy Jones Orchestra (acc), Phil Bodner, Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Bobby Jasper (r, f), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Sam Most (f), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Frank Hittner, Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Marshal Royal (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell, Lucky Thompson (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Bill Berry, Donald Byrd, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Rick Kiefer, Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Joe Wilder, Snooky Young (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Clark Terry (t, fh), Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Kenny Rupp, Jim Thompson, Ray Winslow (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green, Joe Puma (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones, Wendell Marshall, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Sanders, Ben Tucker (b), Unknown (str), Ronnie Ball, Jaki Byard, Stan Free, Hank Jones (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Dave Bailey, William Exiner, Osie Johnson, Rufus Jones, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy, Teddy Sommer (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo, John Rodrigues (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Mac Ceppos, Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
For listeners wanting to explore Chris Connor's Atlantic years, Warm Cool is so far the best anthology available. Its 40 tracks were chosen by Chris Connor and by Will Friedwald. According to liner annotator and co-producer 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: photos (of the singer, of her albums for Atlantic), a long essay by Friedwald, and 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 ascertain, 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.)

Critical reviews of this 1999 issue ran the gamut from overly positive to subjectively negative. An example of the former appeared in the March 13, 1999 issue of Billboard magazine: "What? Never heard (or barely heard) of the magnificent Chris Connor? Blame it on her former labels for snoozing despite demand. A major star from the mid-50's onward, she was one of Atlantic's best-known jazz artists, and 32 Records deserves a deep bow for this two-CD retrospective. The still-active Connor followed Anita O'Day and June Christy as vocalist in the Stan Kenton band and, like them, went on to a richer solo career, first on Bethlehem (pick up those reissues, too -- if you can find them) and then on Atlantic. She was a perennial poll-winner, and her "cool jazz" albums also sold well (it didn't hurt that she was a platinum-haired beauty) and were hip-crowd favorites. And no wonder: she had a husky, "warm cool" expressive voice and she took on adventurous material like Strayhorn's Something To Live For and Ornette Coleman's Lonely Woman, both included among the 40 choice recordings here. A decent Connor-on-Atlantic retrospective is long, long overdue, and, saints preserve us, it's not only terrific but it's budget-priced too!"

A largely negative review, by Alan Bargebuhr appeared in Cadence magazine: "I find, in listening to these tracks again, after 25 or so odd years, that Connor does not hold up for me as well as [June] Christy of the same era. Ms. Connor's vagueness of intonation and oft faltering rhythmic attack are variably distracting. True, at her best, she purveyed a unique gravitas of world-weary broken-heartedness that was stamped with her smoky, dryly compressed trademark sound. And as an apprentice adult, newly emerged from the throes of a stormy puberty, nothing could have suited me better, half a century ago. But now, on the cusp of a new millenia, much of her heartbreak sounds suspiciously tinny. Here, on this 40 track overview, one could quarrel with the inclusion of folksy piffle such as Lilac Wine .... as well as examples of failed pop songwriting like Time Out For Tears, at the expense of gems like Here Lies Love and He Was Too Good To Me ... which will have to await future reissue seizures. And one could question the space used by material currently at hand on the Gershwin Almanac and Jazz Date albums, space which could have been devoted to otherwise unavailable items."


Title: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: R2 71747     Rel. Year: 1999
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Moon Ray   (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison)
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)
04:15 12/19/1956 2279 Just Squeeze Me   (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines)
02:15 12/17/1956 2244 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 It's A Most Unusual Day   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
03:28 11/16/1956 2206 All I Need Is You   (Benny Davis, Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 It Only Happens When I Dance With You   (Irving Berlin)
04:19 12/17/1956 2243 Lonely Town   (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:24 12/17/1956 2246 Driftwood   (Peter Udel, Tommy Goodman)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 I'm Shooting High   (Ted Koehler, Jimmy McHugh)
03:12 12/19/1956 2278 My Shining Hour   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Moonlight In Vermont   (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)
03:38 03/13/1958 2998 Here Lies Love   (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
03:03 05/23/1958 3067 Be A Clown   (Cole Porter)
03:56 04/08/1958 3034 Good For Nothin' (But Love)   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 On The First Warm Day   (Bart Howard)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Chinatown My Chinatown   (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
02:40 04/08/1958 3033 One Love Affair   (Bart Howard)
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 The Night We Called It A Day   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Johnny One Note   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Lover Man   (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
04:24 04/08/1958 3032 Be My All   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Sam Most (f), Al Epstein (bcl, ca), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), George Duvivier, Percy Heath, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This twofer consists of two albums originally recorded for Atlantic. It was reviewed at length (and smartly) by Max Harrison in the Spring 1996 issue of Jazz Journal International. Choice excerpts: "she recasts phrases and whole melodies from within. She actually 'phrases like a horn' in the way often claimed for jazz singers .... [These sessions] prove that, contrary to what has so often been written about her, there is rarely much of the understatement of cool jazz in her singing ... A by no means incidental effect of Miss Connor's approach is that she sometimes makes outstandingly foolish ditties seem as if they have something to do with real life, even forcing their words to take on a degree of meaning ... At the other extreme, she discovers good songs that seem to have been missed elsewhere ... Obviously, there can be no such thing as a definitive performance of any of this material, but several of the[se] recordings almost suggest otherwise, as do earlier specimens from Miss Connor's work such as the Bethlehem Out Of This World or much later cases like the Contemporary Laura."


Title: West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectables     Cat. Num.: COL 5277     Rel. Year: 1999
03:14 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3338 Bargain Day   (William Roy)
04:52 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3339 One For My Baby   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:23 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3340 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
03:30 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3341 Glad To Be Unhappy   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:48 03/10/1959 3407 The End Of A Love Affair   (Edward. C. Redding)
04:27 03/10/1959 3408 Something I Dreamed Last Night   (Sammy Fain, Herb Magidson, Jack Yellen)
05:00 03/19/1959 3411 Ballad of the Sad Café   (Charles DeForest)
04:51 03/19/1959 3413 Lilac Wine   (James H. Shelton)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (r, f), Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Marshal Royal, Phil Woods (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Donald Byrd, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young (t), Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones, Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), William Exiner, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Mac Ceppos, Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This twofer contains one Connor album and one instrumental album, both originally released by Atlantic Records. Because I have not listened to this issue, I am not certain which version of "These Foolish Things" it contains. The listing of the stereo version is thus tentative.


Title: Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectables     Cat. Num.: COL 6239     Rel. Year: 1999
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)
03:50 01/23/1956 1853 Where Are You?   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Anything Goes   (Cole Porter)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:49 01/23/1956 1855 Ev'ry Time   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Way Out There   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 My April Heart   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:08 01/23/1956 1856 Almost Like Being In Love   (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Circus   (Louis Alter, Bob Russell)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Flying Home   (Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
03:46 06/05/1956 2009 High On A Windy Hill   (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)
03:57 06/05/1956 2006 'Round About   (Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash)
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
03:50 06/06/1956 2013 You Stepped Out Of A Dream   (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
03:46 06/06/1956 2010 Why Can't I?   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:11 06/06/1956 2011 Suddenly It's Spring   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:43 08/07/1956 2076 About The Blues   (Arthur Hamilton)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Oh! You Crazy Moon   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:30 08/07/1956 2073 Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry   (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
04:13 08/07/1956 2075 I Wonder What Became Of Me   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:53 08/07/1956 2074 Thursday's Child   (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (arr, con), Ralph Burns Orchestra (acc), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), John Lewis, Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson, Connie Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Twofer containing two Atlantic albums and two bonus tracks ("Circus," "Flying Home"). The original albums' liner notes are included. In a move that Connor fans deemed outrageous, Collectables omitted two of the tracks that were part of the original Atlantic LP Chris Connor: "When The Wind Was Green" and "He Was Too Good To Me." Inquiring fans were told that lack of sufficient space was the reason for both omissions.

On the matter of alternate takes, I have corroborated that this issue indeed contains the stereo version of "Get Out Of Town."


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-62016 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1999
02:28 August 21,1954 alt Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 alt Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Listed above are just the bonus tracks included in this Japanese edition, per my policy for foreign reissues. (When an album has been digitally released both in the English-speaking world and in Japan, I list only the American, Australian, or British version. However, I exceptionally list Japanese CDs when they have bonus tracks that are not found in the counterparts from the English-speaking world.)

Of these two alternate takes, "Stella By Starlight" is exclusive to this Japanese issue (and, presumably, to subsequent Japanese reissues). The alternate take of "Why Shouldn't I?" appears in various American and Japanese CD (re)issues.

Curiously, an earlier Japanese CD edition of this album contains two alternate tracks as well, but one of them is "Ask Me," instead of "Stella By Starlight."

One additional note, or caveat. Readers should bear in mind that I have not seen physical copies of most of the Japanese reissues listed in this page. For such issues, I am relying on track information supplied by online music stores, whose data is not always entirely accurate. If you happen to own a copy of the disc under discussion, I would appreciate receiving confirmation that it actually includes the indicated alternates.


Title: Bethlehem's Girl Friends {Chris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-62074 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 1999
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of the 1956 LP compilation that bears the same title.


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies In A Soulful Mood
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Music Club      Cat. Num.: Mccd 381 (England)      Rel. Year: 1999
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Romantic Jazz Vocal
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Disky     Cat. Num.: (The Netherlands) DC 854652      Rel. Year: 1999
02:20 1963 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)

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


Title: [Stan Kenton] The Concepts Era - Live!
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Artistry      Cat. Num.: 4009     Rel. Year: 1999
02:18 04/14/1953 Love Me Or Leave Me   (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
      April 15, 1953, At 8:15 p.m. All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bsx, bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©WEA International     Cat. Num.: 80769 (England)     Rel. Year: 2000
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)
03:50 01/23/1956 1853 Where Are You?   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Anything Goes   (Cole Porter)
03:27 01/19/1956 1836 When The Wind Was Green   (Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 He Was Too Good To Me   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:49 01/23/1956 1855 Ev'ry Time   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Way Out There   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 My April Heart   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:08 01/23/1956 1856 Almost Like Being In Love   (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns (con), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Nick Travis (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), John Lewis, Moe Wechsler (p), Osie Johnson, Connie Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Digital reissue of Connor's first album for Atlantic Records. Some listeners have expressed dissatisfaction with the disc's sound quality, which reminds them of electronically channelled stereo.

Since I have not actually listened to this British release, I do not whether the stereo or the mono edition of "Get Out Of Town" was the one included. Hence the listing of the stereo version is tentative, though likely.

This item seems to have been re-pressed by Rhino in 2005. It is credited online as released by Rhino/WEA UK. The artwork of the 2005 version is essentially the same (i.e., the front cover reproduces the photo on the original LP), but only the 2000 issue includes a red strip to the left of the front cover, with the words "Atlantic original sound." For a listing of other CD versions, including Japanese ones, see note under the entry for the original 1956 LP, in this page.


Title: Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectables     Cat. Num.: COL 6887     Rel. Year: 2000
02:09 09/13/1959 3447 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:10 09/13/1959 3448 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:19 09/13/1959 3449 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)
03:17 09/13/1959 3450 Lover, Come Back To Me   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
03:38 09/13/1959 3462 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
02:48 09/13/1959 3452 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
02:46 09/13/1959 3453 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)
03:49 09/13/1959 3454 'Round Midnight   (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:18 09/13/1959 3458 Fine And Dandy   (Kay Swift, Paul James)
02:49 09/13/1959 3459 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
03:23 09/13/1959 3460 It Don't Mean A Thing   (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
02:35 09/13/1959 3461 Chinatown My Chinatown   (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 They Can't Take That Away From Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Slap That Bass   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 I Was Doing All Right   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Nice Work If You Can Get It   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 I Loves You Porgy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 For You, For Me, For Evermore   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 (Our) Love Is Here To Stay   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Eddie de Haas, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Hank Jones, Bill Rubenstein (p), Milt Jackson (vib), Ronnie Free, Lex Humpries, Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Another incongruous release from the mass-marketing label Collectables. For this reissue, the label combined Connor's one live album on Atlantic Records (Chris In Person) with a budget compilation originally released by Clarion Records, which was an Atlantic budget branch. (The Clarion compilation contains selected tracks from the double LP Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac.)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Avenue Jazz      Cat. Num.: R2 79851     Rel. Year: 2000
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 alt Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Domestic reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Includes, as a bonus track, an (alleged) alternate take. Domestically, an earlier CD incarnation of this album had been released by Evidence Records (1992).


Title: Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Avenue Jazz      Cat. Num.: R2 75988     Rel. Year: 2000
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 alt All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:52 December 17-18, 1953 alt Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:24 December 17-18, 1953 alt Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
03:01 December 17-18, 1953 alt Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:19 August 9-11, 1954 alt I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 alt Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:54 August 21,1954 alt Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 alt Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:29 April 1955, Later Date alt From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:30 April 1955, Later Date alt A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:41 April 1955, Later Date alt Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date alt Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Domestic reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Includes, as bonus tracks, (alleged) alternate takes of all 12 master takes. Domestically, an earlier CD incarnation of this album had been released by Evidence Records (1994).


Title: [Various Artists] Brain In A Box: Science Fiction Collection
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: 79936     Rel. Year: 2000
02:37 07/28/1956 2065 Radar Blues   (Harry Revel)

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


Title: [Various Artists] The Jazz Collection
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Disky     Cat. Num.: (The Netherlands) DB 990622      Rel. Year: 2000
02:20 1963 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Now Jazz Best Millenium
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©EMI Toshiba     Cat. Num.: TOCP-65588 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2000
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Haunted Heart
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: HIGHNOTE     Cat. Num.: 7079     Rel. Year: 2001
03:27 March 10, 12, 2001 By Myself   (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
05:24 March 10, 12, 2001 Haunted Heart   (Arthur Schwartz, Harold Dietz)
03:30 March 10, 12, 2001 Snowfall   (Ruth Thornhill, Claude Thornhill)
03:23 March 10, 12, 2001 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
04:36 March 10, 12, 2001 Stairway To The Stars   (Mitchell Parish, Matt Malneck, Frank Signorelli)
03:22 March 10, 12, 2001 Key Largo   (Karl Suessdorf, Benny Carter, Leah Worth)
04:10 March 10, 12, 2001 Only The Lonely   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:04 March 10, 12, 2001 Day In - Day Out   (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
03:09 March 10, 12, 2001 I Wished On The Moon   (Ralph Rainger, Dorothy Parker)
03:09 March 10, 12, 2001 Drinking Again   (Johnny Mercer, Doris Tauber)

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

NOTES:
Original album. Connor's first new recording project of the twenty-first century.


Title: Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectors' Choice     Cat. Num.: CCM-116-2     Rel. Year: 2001
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Moonlight In Vermont   (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)
03:38 03/13/1958 2998 Here Lies Love   (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
03:03 05/23/1958 3067 Be A Clown   (Cole Porter)
03:56 04/08/1958 3034 Good For Nothin' (But Love)   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 On The First Warm Day   (Bart Howard)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Chinatown My Chinatown   (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
02:40 04/08/1958 3033 One Love Affair   (Bart Howard)
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 The Night We Called It A Day   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Johnny One Note   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Lover Man   (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
04:24 04/08/1958 3032 Be My All   (Bart Howard)
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Moon Ray   (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison)
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)
04:15 12/19/1956 2279 Just Squeeze Me   (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines)
02:15 12/17/1956 2244 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 It's A Most Unusual Day   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
03:28 11/16/1956 2206 All I Need Is You   (Benny Davis, Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish)
03:48 11/16/1956 2207 It Only Happens When I Dance With You   (Irving Berlin)
04:19 12/17/1956 2243 Lonely Town   (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
03:20 11/16/1956 2205 Everything I've Got   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:24 12/17/1956 2246 Driftwood   (Peter Udel, Tommy Goodman)
02:32 12/19/1956 2280 I'm Shooting High   (Ted Koehler, Jimmy McHugh)
03:12 12/19/1956 2278 My Shining Hour   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Sam Most (f), Al Epstein (bcl, ca), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), George Duvivier, Percy Heath, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of two original Atlantic albums.


Title: I Miss You So / Witchcraft
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectables     Cat. Num.: COL 6814     Rel. Year: 2001
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Go 'Way From My Window   (John Jacob Niles)
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Trust In Me   (Milton Ager, Jean Schwartz, Ned Wever)
02:38 02/15/1956 1879 Past The Age Of Innocence   (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Time Out For Tears   (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 I Love You, Yes I Do   (Guy Wood, Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Henry Glover, Sally Nix)
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 My Heart Is So Full Of You   (Frank Loesser)
02:24 02/15/1956 1881 My Ideal   (Leo Robin, Richard Whiting, Newell Chase)
02:50 10/16/1956 2160 Mixed Emotions   (Stuart Louchheim)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 They All Laughed   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:34 02/15/1956 1880 Speak Low   (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill)
02:37 07/28/1956 2065 Radar Blues   (Harry Revel)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      09/21/1959 3775 I'll Never Be Free   (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 The Lady Sings the Blues   (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:15 10/05/1959 3820 When Sunny Gets Blue   (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)
02:34 09/21/1959 3776 How Little We Know (How Little It Matters)   (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:28 10/05/1959 3819 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
02:40 09/14/1959 3765 Like A Woman   (Frank Loesser)
04:13 10/05/1959 3818 Skyscraper Blues   (Tom Adair, Jenkins)
03:44 09/14/1959 3766 You Don't Know What Love Is   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, ca), Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Hymie Schertzer (as), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (ca), Jim Buffington (frh), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall (b), Stan Free, Hank Jones (p), Sol Gubin (vib, d, bel), Osie Johnson, Don Lamond, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), 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)

NOTES:
Reissue of two original Atlantic albums.


Title: This Is Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Avenue Jazz      Cat. Num.: R2 76684     Rel. Year: 2001
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Domestic reissue of one of Connor's Bethlehem albums. Domestically, an earlier CD incarnation of this album had been released by Evidence Records (1994).


Title: [Various Artists] Cosmic Grooves: Taurus
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: 74255     Rel. Year: 2001
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Trust In Me   (Milton Ager, Jean Schwartz, Ned Wever)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies, Vol. 1
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY     Cat. Num.: ____     Rel. Year: 2001     Volumes: 2
03:05 August 17-19, 1987 Dearly Beloved   (Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies, Vol. 2
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY     Cat. Num.: 60056-2      Rel. Year: 2001
02:38 August 5,6, 1986 Let's Face The Music And Dance   (Irving Berlin)
02:40 August 5,6, 1986 Let's Take The Long Way Home   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

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


Title: [Stan Kenton] Portraits On Standards
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note     Cat. Num.: 31571     Rel. Year: 2001
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Baia   (Ary Barroso)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Also released by the Music For Pleasure branch of EMI in England (CDDL-1293, year unknown -- probably earlier than 2001).


Title: I Walk With Music
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: HIGHNOTE     Cat. Num.: 7095     Rel. Year: 2002
04:12 May 17, 19, 2002 (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66   (Bobby Troup)
05:00 May 17, 19, 2002 Where Can I Go Without You?   (Peggy Lee, Victor Popular Young)
04:06 May 17, 19, 2002 Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)   (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees, Buddy Kaye)
03:23 May 17, 19, 2002 That Old Black Magic   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:58 May 17, 19, 2002 How High The Moon   (Nancy Hamilton, William Morgan Lewis)
03:18 May 17, 19, 2002 I Walk With Music   (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
05:04 May 17, 19, 2002 Serenade In Blue   (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
02:39 May 17, 19, 2002 Shall We Dance?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
05:08 May 17, 19, 2002 This Heart Of Mine   (Harry Warren, Ralph Freed)
03:14 May 17, 19, 2002 On The Road Again   (Willie Nelson)

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

NOTES:
Although it was not the last original Chris Connor CD released, I Walk With Music actually contains the final sessions which she recorded during her lifetime. (The last original CD was Everything I Love, released in 2003. It contains numbers that had been recorded shortly before these ones, in April 2002.)


Title: A Portrait of Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectors' Choice     Cat. Num.: CCM-236-2     Rel. Year: 2002
02:50 11/16/1960 5177 Follow Me   (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
02:44 09/19/1960 4934 Alone Together   (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:54 10/27/1960 5145 All Too Soon   (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington)
02:47 09/19/1960 4935 Love   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
03:25 11/16/1960 5179 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
03:02 10/27/1960 5148 Here's That Rainy Day   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:26 09/19/1960 4932 Day In - Day Out   (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
02:47 10/27/1960 5147 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:22 11/16/1960 5178 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:48 10/27/1960 5146 Harlequin   (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
04:20 11/16/1960 5180 I'm Glad There Is You   (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz)
02:31 11/16/1960 5182 Sweet William   (Joe Sherman, Sid Wayne)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ronnie Ball (arr, con, p), Jimmy Jones (arr, p), Harry Lookofsky (ccm, vn), Jimmy Jones Orchestra (acc), Phil Bodner (r), Phil Woods (as), Bert Collins, Danny Stiles (t), Clark Terry (t, fh), Willie Dennis (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton (b), Unknown (str), Hank Jones (p), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy, Teddy Sommer (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1961 Atlantic album that bears th same title.


Title: Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectors' Choice     Cat. Num.: CCM 319-2     Rel. Year: 2002
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:34 01/23/1961 5292 I Only Have Eyes For You   (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
05:04 12/14/1960 5226 It Never Entered My Mind   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:36 12/05/1960 5216 Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree   (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote)
04:17 12/14/1960 5224 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most   (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
04:20 12/05/1960 5215 Lonesome Road   (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat)
02:48 12/14/1960 5225 All The Things You Are   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
04:23 12/05/1960 5217 Happy New Year   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:11 01/23/1961 5295 That's How It Went, All Right   (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)

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

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1961 album that Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson recorded for Roulette, and which bears the same title.


Title: Now!
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ABC©Universal     Cat. Num.: UCCC-9045 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2002
03:05 07/18/1966 13608 Goin' Out Of My Head   (Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein)
03:16 07/11/1966 13602 Carnival (Black Orpheus)   (George David Weiss, Luiz Bonfá, Luigi Creator, Hugo Peretti)
02:28 07/18/1966 13609 The Boys From Madrid   (George David Weiss, Bob Thiele, Stride)
02:44 07/20/1966 13612 Love Life   (Don Payne)
02:38 07/11/1966 13604 Never On Sunday   (Manos Hadjidakis, B. Towne)
02:52 07/11/1966 13605 Autumn   (Richard Maltby, David Shire)
02:04 07/20/1966 13610 You're Gonna Hear From Me   (Andre Previn, Dory Previn)
02:44 07/20/1966 13613 The Shining Sea   (Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel)
02:16 07/18/1966 13606 I'm Telling You Now   (Mitch Murray, Freddie Garrity)
02:55 07/18/1966 13607 Nowhere Man   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:04 07/11/1966 13603 Strangers In The Night   (Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder)
02:53 07/20/1966 13611 Who's Afraid?   (Paul Francis Webster, Alex North)

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

NOTES:
First digital reissue of the 1966 Connor album of the same title. "Miniature LP" edition.


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz For Singers & Dreamers
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: HIGHNOTE     Cat. Num.: 756007     Rel. Year: 2002
04:36 March 10, 12, 2001 Stairway To The Stars   (Mitchell Parish, Matt Malneck, Frank Signorelli)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mike Abene (pdr, arr, p), Bill Easley (f, ts), Steve LaSpina (b), Dennis Mackrel (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Everything I Love
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: HIGHNOTE     Cat. Num.: 7108     Rel. Year: 2003
02:52 April 2002 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
03:32 April 2002 Like Someone In Love   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:32 April 2002 My Shining Hour   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:38 April 2002 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)
03:22 April 2002 I've Got You Under My Skin   (Cole Porter)
03:18 April 2002 That Old Feeling   (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain)
03:03 April 2002 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
04:25 April 2002 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
03:28 April 2002 The Shining Sea   (Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel)
05:04 April 2002 Sentimental Journey   (Bud Green, Ben Homer, Les Brown)
03:17 April 2002 I'm A Fool To Want You   (Joel. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf)
04:11 April 2002 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)

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

NOTES:
Chris Connor's very last studio sessions took place in April 2002 and May 2002. The May sessions were released first, in a CD entitled I Walk With Music (2002).

The 2003 CD Everything I Love contains the April 2002 masters, and qualifies as the last original album released during Connor's lifetime.

To my ears, Everything I Love is one of the least successful efforts of Connor's later years. On the other hand, I Walk With Music strikes me as one of her strongest.

Everything I Love has been issued by two labels, one in Japan (King), the other in the United States (HighNote). Both CDs came out in 2003, the Japanese one under the title Lullaby Of Birdland. The artwork used for the respective front covers are different. Whereas HighNote picked a photo of the singer (a rather unflattering one), King used a drawing of a dark city avenue, with cars in sight, and a sunset as background.

Oddly, I have been told that these April 2002 masters were made for King (not for HighNote), and that King later licensed the masters to HighNote. I do not know if Connor's contract with HighNote was exclusive. 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.


Title: Lullaby Of Birdland
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ King      Cat. Num.: KICJ-456 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2003
02:52 April 2002 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
03:32 April 2002 Like Someone In Love   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:32 April 2002 My Shining Hour   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:38 April 2002 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)
03:22 April 2002 I've Got You Under My Skin   (Cole Porter)
03:18 April 2002 That Old Feeling   (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain)
03:03 April 2002 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
04:25 April 2002 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
03:28 April 2002 The Shining Sea   (Peggy Lee, Johnny Mandel)
05:04 April 2002 Sentimental Journey   (Bud Green, Ben Homer, Les Brown)
03:17 April 2002 I'm A Fool To Want You   (Joel. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf)
04:11 April 2002 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)

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

NOTES:
This album's April 2002 masters were recorded while Chris Connor was under contract with the HighNote label. I do not know if the contract was exclusive. I have been told that the masters were actually made for King Records and then licensed to HighNote, which released this exact same album in the United States, though under a different title (Everything I Love). Both issues came out the same year (2003).

The King and HighNote issues feature different artwork. Whereas HighNote picked a photo of the singer (a rather unflattering one), King used a drawing of a dark city avenue, with cars in sight, and a sunset as background.


Title: Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Absord Music     Cat. Num.: ABCJ-271 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2003
03:26 09/25/1981 It Might As Well Be Spring   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
03:30 09/25/1981 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:31 09/25/1981 Where Flamingos Fly   (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale)
02:55 09/25/1981 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:43 09/25/1981 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
02:42 09/25/1981 I've Got You Under My Skin   (Cole Porter)
02:25 09/25/1981 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:46 09/25/1981 Lover, Come Back To Me   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:08 09/25/1981 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:18 09/25/1981 Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)
03:20 09/25/1981 Glad To Be Unhappy   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:58 09/25/1981 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
02:50 09/25/1981 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:07 09/25/1981 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
03:28 09/25/1981 My Heart Stood Still   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Horst Liepolt (pdr), Steve LaSpina (b), Fred Hersch (p), Tony Tedesco (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Japanese reissue of the album that was originally issued by the Evidence label, with the same title, in 1995.

Different artwork was used for the two CDs. In both cases, it is a drawing. Obviously inspired by the album's title, Evidence's drawing consists of two simple silhouettes: a female and, a distance, a male. The Absord drawing is, on the other hand, a very faithful rendition of Connor in the act of singing. It seems to have been closely inspired by the photo on the cover of the Chris Connor LP Love Being Here With You, on Stash Records.

The Evidence and Absord incarnations are the only CD appearances of Lover Come Back To Me: Live At Sweet Basil. The album was never issued on vinyl. (It should not to be confused with the 1981 Applause LP Chris Connnor Live, which contains a Sweet Basil concert from a different night.)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland [Reissue of the 10" album]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-9381 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2003
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
Whereas the 12" LP version of Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland has been transferred to CD many times, this Toshiba disc is the one and only digital version of the 10" LP.

The packaging of the original 10" issue is reproduced in full, both front and back cover. The front cover features Henry Goldblatt's celebrated artwork. The back cover is also worth having. In addition to the extensive liner notes, it features a couple of photos which, to my knowledge, have not been reproduced anywhere else.


Title: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers [Reissue of the 10" album]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-9382 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2003
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
This Japanese disc is a collectible: a CD facsimile of the 10-inch LP of the same title, which had not been on CD before. It reproduces both the front and back covers of the 10" LP. The front cover features Henry Goldblatt's celebrated artwork. The back cover features extensive liner notes and two rare photos which, to my knowledge, have not been reproduced anywhere else.


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults, Volume 1
Artist: Various
Format: audiophile LP/CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50504 665541 (England)     Rel. Year: 2003     Volumes: 2
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)

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)

NOTES:
In the LP format, the full catalogue number of this issue is 50504 665541 1 6. In the CD format, its full catalogue number is 50504 665541 2 3. The seconf volume of Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults would be released in 2005.


Title: [Various Artists] Nighttime Jazz (Flashback Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CS/CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: 79897     Rel. Year: 2003
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Moon Ray   (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Warner Strategic Marketing (Promo)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 65541     Rel. Year: 2003
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)

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)


Title: [Various Artists] Best Of Jazz Vocals ("Flashback" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Wea      Cat. Num.: 74316     Rel. Year: 2003
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Moon Ray   (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison)

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


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan's Singers [Volume 1]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Dynaflow      Cat. Num.: 2003-2     Rel. Year: 2003
03:36 06/09/1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Zoot Sims (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The second volume of Stan's Singers would be issued in 2008.


Title: Chris Craft (Atlantic Masters Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 812 276594 2 (England/Australia)     Rel. Year: 2004
03:14 05/23/1958 3068 Moonlight In Vermont   (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)
03:38 03/13/1958 2998 Here Lies Love   (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
03:03 05/23/1958 3067 Be A Clown   (Cole Porter)
03:56 04/08/1958 3034 Good For Nothin' (But Love)   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:42 04/08/1958 3035 On The First Warm Day   (Bart Howard)
02:13 03/13/1958 3001 Chinatown My Chinatown   (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
02:40 04/08/1958 3033 One Love Affair   (Bart Howard)
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 The Night We Called It A Day   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
02:00 05/23/1958 3070 Johnny One Note   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:53 05/23/1958 3069 Lover Man   (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
04:24 04/08/1958 3032 Be My All   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Al Epstein (bcl, ca), Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Percy Heath (b), Stan Free (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1958 album that bears the same title.


Title: Free Spirits
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectables     Cat. Num.: COL 6521     Rel. Year: 2004
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Jump For Joy   (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Sid Kuller)
03:18 04/30/1962 6188 Night Bird   (Al Cohn, Kitty Malone)
03:21 04/09/1962 6094 Milano   (John Lewis, Margo Guryan)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Opportunity, Please Knock   (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:02 04/30/1962 6189 Daydream   (Duke Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn)
02:27 04/30/1962 6187 Things Are Swingin'   (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
03:53 04/30/1962 6186 Kansas City   (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Lonely Woman   (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'   (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:01 04/09/1962 6096 God Bless The Child   (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday)
03:19 12/11/1961 5857 Free Spirits   (Norman Mapp)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (arr, con), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), James "Jimmy" Cleveland (tb), George Duvivier, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Domestic reissue of the 1962 Atlantic album that bears the same title. (Previously reissued in Japan; consult notes under the 1962 original album.)


Title: [Various Artists] No Strings: An After-Theater Version {LaVern Baker, Chris Connor, Herbie Mannn, Bobby Short}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectables     Cat. Num.: COL 6714     Rel. Year: 2004
02:34 03/11/1962 6043 The Sweetest Sounds   (Richard Rodgers)
03:41 03/11/1962 6044 Look No Further   (Richard Rodgers)
02:40 03/11/1962 6045 No Strings   (Richard Rodgers)
03:18 03/11/1962 6046 Nobody Told Me   (Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Al Cohn (arr, 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)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1962 Atlantic album that bears the same title.


Title: Alone Together {Chris Connor, Anita O'Day}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Absord Music     Cat. Num.: ABCJ-335 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2004
03:39 12/12/1978 Come In From The Rain   (Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager)
03:49 12/12/1978 A Baby's Born   (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
03:57 12/12/1978 I'll Catch The Sun   (Rod McKuen)
03:22 12/12/1978 Blue, Green, Grey And Gone   (Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand, Marilyn Bergman, Francis Lemarque)
03:27 12/12/1978 Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
03:22 12/12/1978 More Today Than Yesterday   (Pat Upton)
02:40 12/12/1978 Alone Together   (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
02:53 12/12/1978 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:50 12/12/1978 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)

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

NOTES:
Digital version of a 1979 original Connor LP. Previously issued on CD by TDK Records (1993).

Both CD issues contain five tracks by Anita O'Day which were not part of the 1979 LP. All material -- Connor's and O'Day's -- was originally recorded for the Japanese music market. (The O'Day tracks are "You Go To My Head," "A Sleepin' Bee," "Bluesette," "I'm Old Fashioned," and "Speak Low.")


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Ladies
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY©Atlantic Warner     Cat. Num.: unknown number     Rel. Year: 2004
02:38 August 5,6, 1986 Let's Face The Music And Dance   (Irving Berlin)
02:40 August 5,6, 1986 Let's Take The Long Way Home   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Pops In Jazz, Vol. 2
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: FANTASY     Cat. Num.: 410     Rel. Year: 2004
04:17 August 17-19, 1987 Antonio's Song   (Michael Franks)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Good Morning Heartache
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Shout Factory      Cat. Num.: DK 30276     Rel. Year: 2004
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Now Jazz Best Platinum
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©EMI Toshiba     Cat. Num.: TOCP-750244 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2004
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Cole Porter
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Disconforme's Definitive     Cat. Num.: DRCD 11268 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 2004     Volumes: 2
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] George Gershwin
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Disconforme's Definitive     Cat. Num.: DRCD 11269 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 2004
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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


Title: [Various Artists] All That Lounge
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 5046719442 (Australia)     Rel. Year: 2005     Volumes: 3
03:52 11/16/1956 2204 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 It's A Most Unusual Day   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Oscar Pettiford (b), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge Presents: The Jazz Singers
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50510 110710 2 7 (England)     Rel. Year: 2005
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Don Sebesky (arr), 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)


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Music For A Bachelorette Pad
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50467 82702 (England)     Rel. Year: 2005
03:19 12/11/1961 5857 Free Spirits   (Norman Mapp)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'   (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)

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


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults, Volume 2
Artist: Various
Format: audiophile LP/CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50504 674873 (England)     Rel. Year: 2005     Volumes: 2
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 They All Laughed   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ray Ellis (arr), Al Cohn (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Doc Severinsen (t), Eddie Bert (tb), Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (g), Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford (b), Stan Free, John Lewis (p), Connie Kay, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
In the LP format, the full catalogue number of this issue is 50504 674873 1 4. In the CD format, it is 50504 674873 2 1. The first volume of Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults was released in 2003.


Title: [Various Artists] A Lifetime Of Romance
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: COLUMBIA©Sony BMG     Cat. Num.: WSMCD 228     Rel. Year: 2005     Volumes: 3
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)

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)


Title: [Various Artists] Women In Love, #2
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Nova     Cat. Num.: 3107892 (France)     Rel. Year: 2005
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 The Lady Sings the Blues   (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg (f, as), Phil Bodner (f, ts, ca), Fred Klein (ca), 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)


Title: Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Collectables     Cat. Num.: COL 0403     Rel. Year: 2006     Volumes: 4
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
03:16 01/19/1956 1838 Something To Live For   (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
03:07 02/08/1956 1877-stereo Get Out Of Town   (Cole Porter)
03:50 01/23/1956 1853 Where Are You?   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:49 01/23/1956 1855 Ev'ry Time   (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
02:31 02/08/1956 1876 Way Out There   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:45 01/19/1956 1835 My April Heart   (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
02:08 01/23/1956 1856 Almost Like Being In Love   (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
02:15 02/08/1956 1875 Anything Goes   (Cole Porter)
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Circus   (Louis Alter, Bob Russell)
02:34 07/31/1958 3107 Flying Home   (Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
03:46 06/05/1956 2009 High On A Windy Hill   (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer)
03:57 06/05/1956 2006 'Round About   (Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash)
03:42 06/06/1956 2012 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
03:50 06/06/1956 2013 You Stepped Out Of A Dream   (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn)
03:46 06/06/1956 2010 Why Can't I?   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:11 06/06/1956 2011 Suddenly It's Spring   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
03:43 08/07/1956 2076 About The Blues   (Arthur Hamilton)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Oh! You Crazy Moon   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
03:50 06/05/1956 2007 But Not For Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:30 08/07/1956 2073 Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry   (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
04:13 08/07/1956 2075 I Wonder What Became Of Me   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:53 08/07/1956 2074 Thursday's Child   (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Jump For Joy   (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Sid Kuller)
03:18 04/30/1962 6188 Night Bird   (Al Cohn, Kitty Malone)
03:21 04/09/1962 6094 Milano   (John Lewis, Margo Guryan)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Opportunity, Please Knock   (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:02 04/30/1962 6189 Daydream   (Duke Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn)
02:27 04/30/1962 6187 Things Are Swingin'   (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall)
03:53 04/30/1962 6186 Kansas City   (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
04:04 04/09/1962 6097 Lonely Woman   (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'   (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:01 04/09/1962 6096 God Bless The Child   (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday)
03:19 12/11/1961 5857 Free Spirits   (Norman Mapp)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Go 'Way From My Window   (John Jacob Niles)
02:16 10/16/1956 2159 Trust In Me   (Milton Ager, Jean Schwartz, Ned Wever)
02:38 02/15/1956 1879 Past The Age Of Innocence   (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens)
02:42 10/16/1956 2158 Time Out For Tears   (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman)
02:38 10/16/1956 2161 I Love You, Yes I Do   (Guy Wood, Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Henry Glover, Sally Nix)
02:19 07/28/1956 2063 My Heart Is So Full Of You   (Frank Loesser)
02:24 02/15/1956 1881 My Ideal   (Leo Robin, Richard Whiting, Newell Chase)
02:50 10/16/1956 2160 Mixed Emotions   (Stuart Louchheim)
02:15 04/24/1957 2485 They All Laughed   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:34 02/15/1956 1880 Speak Low   (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill)
02:37 07/28/1956 2065 Radar Blues   (Harry Revel)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      09/21/1959 3775 I'll Never Be Free   (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 The Lady Sings the Blues   (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:15 10/05/1959 3820 When Sunny Gets Blue   (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)
02:34 09/21/1959 3776 How Little We Know (How Little It Matters)   (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:28 10/05/1959 3819 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
02:40 09/14/1959 3765 Like A Woman   (Frank Loesser)
04:13 10/05/1959 3818 Skyscraper Blues   (Tom Adair, Jenkins)
03:44 09/14/1959 3766 You Don't Know What Love Is   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)
02:09 09/13/1959 3447 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:10 09/13/1959 3448 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:19 09/13/1959 3449 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)
03:17 09/13/1959 3450 Lover, Come Back To Me   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
03:38 09/13/1959 3462 Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
02:48 09/13/1959 3452 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
02:46 09/13/1959 3453 Poor Little Rich Girl   (Noel Coward)
03:49 09/13/1959 3454 'Round Midnight   (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:18 09/13/1959 3458 Fine And Dandy   (Kay Swift, Paul James)
02:49 09/13/1959 3459 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
03:23 09/13/1959 3460 It Don't Mean A Thing   (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
02:35 09/13/1959 3461 Chinatown My Chinatown   (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:10 03/12/1957 2421 They Can't Take That Away From Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:58 02/07/1957 2335 Slap That Bass   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:15 03/26/1957 2424 I Was Doing All Right   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 05/01/1957 2518 Love Walked In   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:19 03/12/1957 2419 Nice Work If You Can Get It   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:58 02/26/1957 2389 I Loves You Porgy   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:35 02/07/1957 2336 For You, For Me, For Evermore   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:16 04/24/1957 2484 (Our) Love Is Here To Stay   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), Al Cohn (arr, con, ts), Stan Free (arr, p), Ralph Sharon (arr, p, cel), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, ca), Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz, Hymie Schertzer (as), Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank (bar), Bernie Glow, Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Nick Travis (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Frank Rehak, Jim Thompson, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (ca), Jim Buffington (frh), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Eddie de Haas, George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Oscar Pettiford, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball, Hank Jones, John Lewis, Bill Rubenstein, Moe Wechsler (p), Sol Gubin (vib, d, bel), Milt Jackson (vib), Dave Bailey, Ronnie Free, Lex Humpries, Osie Johnson, Connie Kay, Don Lamond, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), 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)

NOTES:
This crass-looking box (loud colors, big letters) contains a grand total of 83 tracks (82 vocals + the intro to the album Chris In Person). This set bundles together in one package all but one of the CDs by Chris Connor that the Collectables label had previously released: Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (first disc of the boxed set, 24-track total; includes two bonus tracks but misses two tracks from one of the original LPs), Free Spirits (second disc of the boxed set, 11-track total), I Miss You So / Witchcraft (third disc of the boxed set, 24-track total), Chris In Person / Chris Sings George Gershwin (fourth disc of the boxed set, 24-track total).

Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café is the other Connor album which Collectables had previously reissued but which did not include in this box, for reasons unknown. (Since Sad Café had been twofered with a non-Connor album, it would not be surprising to learn one day that the makers of the box didn't realize that this album was also already available to them.) Notice that the box's second CD contains just 11 tracks; the 9 tracks from Ballads Of The Sad Café would have been a suitable addition.


Title: All About Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ FiveFour/Cherry Red      Cat. Num.: 13     Rel. Year: 2006
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Yet another compilation of Chris Connor's Bethlehem recordings, now on the Public Domain in Europe.


Title: Chris Connor At The Village Gate
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: FM©EMI     Cat. Num.: 0946-3-71346-2-7     Rel. Year: 2006
02:03 1963 A Lot Of Livin' To Do   (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis   (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Old Devil Moon   (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Only The Lonely   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Official domestic reissue of the 1963 album that bears the same title.


Title: Softly And Swingin' ("Japanese Jazz Classics" Series)
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: JVC©Victor's Think     Cat. Num.: THCD-036/441555 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2006
02:56 January 28, 29, 1969 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise   (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg)
04:54 January 28, 29, 1969 'Round Midnight   (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
03:40 January 28, 29, 1969 Cry Me A River   (Arthur Hamilton)
04:04 January 28, 29, 1969 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
03:46 January 28, 29, 1969 Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:50 January 28, 29, 1969 The Fool On The Hill   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:04 January 28, 29, 1969 I've Gotta Be Me   (Walter Marks)
02:26 January 28, 29, 1969 What The World Needs Now Is Love   (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
02:53 January 28, 29, 1969 It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
03:02 January 28, 29, 1969 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

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

NOTES:
First digital reissue of the previously very rare (and, in all honesty, not very good) 1969 album that bears the same title. The CD edition touts itself as having used "20bit K2 super coding mastering."


Title: [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: All Nite Long
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Warner     Cat. Num.: 50510 110711 2 6 (England)     Rel. Year: 2006
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)

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)


Title: [Various Artists] Night Dreaming Jazz {Tracks Selected By Choiwaru}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: ATLANTIC©Polydor     Cat. Num.: 639913 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2006
02:02 04/29/1958 3057 Circus   (Louis Alter, Bob Russell)

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] After Midnight ("Crooners Lounge, Music Of Your Life" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ BCI Eclipse      Cat. Num.: 41246     Rel. Year: 2006
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Love Songs For Cool Valentines
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Castle Communications's Pulse      Cat. Num.: (England) PLSCD 782     Rel. Year: 2006
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Cole Porter Songbook ("Crooners Lounge, Music Of Your Life" Series)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ BCI Eclipse      Cat. Num.: 41244     Rel. Year: 2006
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Very Best Of George Gershwin Songbook
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Disconforme's Definitive     Cat. Num.: DRCD 7714 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 2006
04:00 05/01/1957 2516 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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


Title: [Various Artists] 100 Jazz Greats
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Weton-Wesgram's Cheap 'o' Lata     Cat. Num.: Lata 563 (Europe)     Rel. Year: 2006     Volumes: 5
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor: Her Complete Bethlehem Recordings
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Fresh Sound      Cat. Num.: FSR-CD 454-2 (Spain)     Rel. Year: 2007     Volumes: 2
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Ask Me   (Woody Hinderling, Pollard)
02:46 December 17-18, 1953 Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah   (Bennie Bonacio, Jimmie La Marge, Jimmie Franklin)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:42 August 9-11, 1954 Why Shouldn't I?   (Cole Porter)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:42 August 21,1954 He's Coming Home   (Charles DeForest)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)


Title: [Various Artists] Hot Stuff From Brazil
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Jazz Door     Cat. Num.: 12151 (Italy)     Rel. Year: 2007
03:05 07/16/1961 Day In - Day Out   (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom)
02:31 07/16/1961 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
05:20 07/16/1961 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most   (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman)
03:52 07/16/1961 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:53 07/16/1961 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)

Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Dave Bailey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the various-artists album At The American Jazz Festival In Latin America (originally released by the German label Westwind, first on LP in 1988, then on CD in 1995).


Title: [Various Artists] The Ultimate Jazz
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: JVC     Cat. Num.: 61419/64120 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2007     Volumes: 2
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Essential Jazz Collection
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Emporio     Cat. Num.: 366     Rel. Year: 2007     Volumes: 3
02:43 December 17-18, 1953 Blue Silhouette   (Jack Val, Jimmy Dale, Murray Semos)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), The Sy Oliver Orchestra (acc), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Sid Block (b), Dave Martin (p), Jimmy Crawford (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 9 & 10}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54465     Rel. Year: 2007
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 11 & 12}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54466     Rel. Year: 2007
02:41 April 23 - May 6, 1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
03:51 April 23 - May 6, 1953 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert Encores {Episodes 13 & 14}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54467     Rel. Year: 2007
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
02:14 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 38 & 39}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54365     Rel. Year: 2007
      03/17/1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 40 & 41}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54366     Rel. Year: 2007
03:08 04/14/1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:18 04/14/1953 Love Me Or Leave Me   (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
      04/21/1953 Everything Happens To Me   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 42 & 43}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54367     Rel. Year: 2007
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)
02:53 April 23 - May 6, 1953 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 44 & 45}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54368     Rel. Year: 2007
      05/12/1953 Everything Happens To Me   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
      05/19/1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey, Joe Morello (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 46 & 47}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54369     Rel. Year: 2007
      06/02/1953 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 48 & 49}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54370     Rel. Year: 2007
03:36 06/09/1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Zoot Sims (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 50 & 51}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54371     Rel. Year: 2007
      06/30/1953 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Zoot Sims, Eddie Wasserman (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Concert In Miniature {Episodes 63 & 64}
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 54377     Rel. Year: 2007
02:14 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] In True '52 Stereo: Direct From The Famous Blue Note Jazz Club
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Dynaflow      Cat. Num.: DNYF 2007-1     Rel. Year: 2007
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The front cover of this CD features a b&w photo of Stan Kenton at the piano, with Chris Connor standing right near him. Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: Introducing Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: 8122799391 (England)     Rel. Year: 2008
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:50 02/08/1956 1874 You Make Me Feel So Young   (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:12 03/13/1958 3000 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)
03:37 12/14/1960 5227 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
04:52 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3339 One For My Baby   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:10 12/11/1961 5859 Opportunity, Please Knock   (Oscar Brown, Jr.)
03:01 04/09/1962 6096 God Bless The Child   (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday)
03:12 12/17/1956 2245 Moon Ray   (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)
04:23 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3340 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
02:33 05/01/1957 2520 Embraceable You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 The Man I Love   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
03:19 09/13/1959 3449 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)
02:58 09/13/1959 3451 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn, Richard Wess (arr, con), Stan Free (arr, p), Don Sebesky (arr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Joe Farrell (f, ss, ts), Bobby Jasper (f, ts), Lanny Morgan (f, as), Sam Most (f), Willie Maiden, Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Frank Hittner, Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Ray Beckenstein, Sam Markowitz, Marshal Royal, Hymie Schertzer (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell, Zoot Sims, Al Young (ts), Danny Bank, Charles Fowlkes (bar), Bill Berry, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Rolf Ericson, Augustino 'Chet' Ferretti, Bernie Glow, Rick Kiefer, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Nick Travis, Snooky Young (t), Maynard Ferguson (t, tb, frh), Bob Alexander, Wayne Andre, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Kenny Rupp, Chauncey Welsch, Ray Winslow (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe, Joe Puma (g), Eddie de Haas, George Duvivier, Percy Heath, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Sanders, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball, Jaki Byard, Hank Jones, John Lewis, Bill Rubenstein, Moe Wechsler (p), Eddie Costa, Milt Jackson (vib), Dave Bailey, Sol Gubin, Lex Humpries, Osie Johnson, Rufus Jones, Connie Kay, Don Lamond, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), 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)


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz & City; 63 Jazz Vocal Greats
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Deluxe     Cat. Num.: Del 800117 (The Netherlands)     Rel. Year: 2008     Volumes: 3
03:16 02/26/1957 2386 A Foggy Day   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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

NOTES:
Due to the vagueness of the information at hand, I am not completely certain about the identity of the Connor track in this Public Domain CD, which I have seen online but do not own. "A Foggy Day" should be considered an educated guess.


Title: All About Ronnie: The Bethlehem Recordings, 1953-1955
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Acrobat      Cat. Num.: (England) ACRCD 329     Rel. Year: 2008
02:44 December 17-18, 1953 Miser's Serenade (Mad Miser Man)   (Marvin Fisher, Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:16 December 17-18, 1953 Ev'rything I Love   (Cole Porter)
02:54 December 17-18, 1953 Indian Summer   (Al Dubin, Victor Herbert)
02:18 August 9-11, 1954 I Hear Music   (Burton Lane, Frank Loesser)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:54 August 21,1954 Out Of This World   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:53 August 21,1954 Lush Life   (Billy Strayhorn)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
02:33 April 1955, Later Date Don't Wait Up For Me   (Charles DeForest)
03:23 April 1955, Later Date A Good Man Is A Seldom Thing   (Charles DeForest)
03:06 April 1955, Later Date Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)   (Bart Howard)

Chris Connor (ldr), Sy Oliver (pdr, arr, con), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Sy Oliver Orchestra, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Sid Cooper, Milt Yaner (as), Boomie Richman, Sam Taylor (ts), Dave McRae (bar), Jim Bright, Jimmy Nottingham, Red Solomon (t), Vernon "Vern" Friley, J. J. Johnson, Frank Saracco, Ward Silloway, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Sid Block, Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Dave Martin, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Jimmy Crawford, Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v), Bob Garrity (spk)

NOTES:
One more in the long list of compilations of Connor's Bethlehem recordings. This one is, despite its self-aggrandizing title, a lazy, bastard reissue of a reissue of a reissue. Though not identified as such, it is a reissue of The Magic Of Chris Connor, which was in turn a British reissue of the 1957 Bethlehem compilation The Rich Sound Of Chris Connor (aka Chris).


Title: [Various Artists] City Lounge; The Vintage Edition
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Wagram     Cat. Num.:      Rel. Year: 2008     Volumes: 4
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Sunny Side Jazz {Tracks Selected By Yasukuni Terashima}
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©EMI Toshiba     Cat. Num.: 66134 (Japan)     Rel. Year: 2008
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan's Singers, Volume 2
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Dynaflow      Cat. Num.: 2008-1     Rel. Year: 2008
      02/19/1953 There Will Never Be Another You   (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The first volume of Stan's Singers was released in 2003.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Live At The Blue Note
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Sounds Of Yesteryear     Cat. Num.: DSOD 747 (England)     Rel. Year: 2008     Volumes: 2
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Various Artists] Happy Birthday, Nan
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino      Cat. Num.: 5186551372     Rel. Year: 2009
03:11 01/23/1961 5294 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Don Sebesky (arr), 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)


Title: [Stan Kenton] NBC All Star Parade Of Bands, 1953-1956
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Vintage Radio Classics      Cat. Num.: 10001-10007     Rel. Year: 2009     Volumes: 7
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part One
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Magic / Submarine     Cat. Num.: (England) 796     Rel. Year: 2009
      02/19/1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
      02/19/1953 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
      02/19/1953 September In The Rain   (Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
      02/19/1953 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)
      02/19/1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), {Head Arrangement}, Johnny Richards (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Two
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Magic / Submarine     Cat. Num.: (England) 799     Rel. Year: 2009
      02/19/1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
      02/19/1953 Tenderly   (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence)
      02/19/1953 There Will Never Be Another You   (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)
      02/19/1953 Lullaby In Rhythm   (Benny Goodman, Walter Hirsch, Clarence Profit, Edgar Sampson)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Eugene Armory, Eugene Oregon, Part Three
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Magic / Submarine     Cat. Num.: (England) 802     Rel. Year: 2010
      02/19/1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
      02/19/1953 Darn That Dream   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
      02/19/1953 You're Mine, You   (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman)
      02/19/1953 I Only Have Eyes For You   (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
      02/19/1953 Everything Happens To Me   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), {Head Arrangement}, Johnny Richards (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Hommage Å Nesuhi (Atlantic Jazz 60th Anniversary Collection)
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: www~ Rhino Handmade [Warner-owned]     Cat. Num.: 7760     Rel. Year: 2010     Volumes: 5
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)

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


Title: Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Hallmark     Cat. Num.: (England) 709482      Rel. Year: 2010
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)
03:14 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3338 Bargain Day   (William Roy)
03:48 03/10/1959 3407 The End Of A Love Affair   (Edward. C. Redding)
03:30 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3341 Glad To Be Unhappy   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
05:00 03/19/1959 3411 Ballad of the Sad Café   (Charles DeForest)
04:23 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3340 Good Morning, Heartache   (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher)
04:27 03/10/1959 3408 Something I Dreamed Last Night   (Sammy Fain, Herb Magidson, Jack Yellen)
04:51 03/19/1959 3413 Lilac Wine   (James H. Shelton)
04:52 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3339 One For My Baby   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (arr, con), Bobby Jasper (r, f), Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Marshal Royal, Phil Woods (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Donald Byrd, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young (t), Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak (tb), Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green (g), Eddie Jones, Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), William Exiner, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Mac Ceppos, Ray Free, Harry Katzman, Leo Kruczek, Harold Melnikoff, George Ockner, Gene Orloff, Samuel Rand, Tosha Samaroff, Sylvan Shulman, Harry Urbont (vn), Dave Markovitz, Isadore Zirr (vl), Maurice Brown, Dave Sayer (vc), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
A budget release of the 1959 album that bears the same title. Woefully inferior sound quality and no liner notes. Given the reprehensive audio quality, it is likely that the producers resorted to a LP for their transfer. There are even some audible pops.


Title: [Various Artists] The 100 Best Jazz Tunes Of The 1950s
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Chrome Dreams      Cat. Num.: CD8CD5056     Rel. Year: 2011
03:22 03/13/1958 2999 The Night We Called It A Day   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)

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)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Live Birdland Encores
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: yyy~ Mr. Music     Cat. Num.: Mmcd 9002     Rel. Year: 2011     Volumes: 2
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] From California With Love
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: SJJ     Cat. Num.: unknown     Rel. Year: 2011
      1987 I Feel A Song Coming On   (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)

Chris Connor (ldr), Jim Coleman (b), Lee Musiker (p), Warren Odze (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: Justin Time Records     Cat. Num.: (Canada) Jam 9167     Rel. Year: 2011
02:25 September 1965 12840 A Hard Day's Night   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:35 September 1965 12841 A Taste Of Honey   (Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott)
03:35 September 1965 12842 Downtown   (Tony Hatch)
03:25 September 1965 12843 Feeling Good   (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
03:35 September 1965 12844 The Shadow Of Your Smile   (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster)
01:53 September 1965 12845 Who Can I Turn To   (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
02:38 September 1965 12846 Can't Get Over the Bossa Nova   (Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Marilyn Gins)
02:13 September 1965 12847 Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte   (Mack David, Frank DeVol)
02:41 September 1965 12848 Dear Heart   (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini)
02:34 September 1965 12849 Baby, The Rain Must Fall   (Elmer Bernstein, Ernie Sheldon)
02:41 September 1965 12850 Stranger On The Shore   (Robert Mellin, Acker Bilk)
03:27 September 1965 12851 A Quiet Thing   (John Kander, Fred Ebb)

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


Title: The Best Of Chris Connor
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC     Cat. Num.: MJ 7020 (Japan)
03:10 09/06/1959 3658 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:43 06/05/1956 2008 Oh! You Crazy Moon   (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen)
02:51 12/11/1961 5858 I'm Gonna Go Fishin'   (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee)
03:39 03/10/1959 3405-stereo These Foolish Things   (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell)
02:46 04/09/1962 6095 Jump For Joy   (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Sid Kuller)
02:51 02/15/1956 1878 Go 'Way From My Window   (John Jacob Niles)
02:26 07/31/1958 3108 Hallelujah, I Love Him So   (Ray Charles)
02:30 07/28/1956 2064 I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
03:14 January 29, 1959 [First Session] 3338 Bargain Day   (William Roy)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
03:45 01/19/1956 1837 He Was Too Good To Me   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
01:53 01/23/1956 1854 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Ralph Burns, Al Cohn, Ray Ellis, Richard Wess (arr, con), Ralph Sharon (arr, con, p), Ralph Burns Orchestra, The Ray Ellis Orchestra (acc), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Bobby Jasper (f), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Gene Quill, Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Marshal Royal (as), Frank Foster, Seldon Powell (ts), Charles Fowlkes (bar), Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bernie Glow, Joe Newman, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Snooky Young (t), Bob Alexander, Wayne Andre, Eddie Bert, Mort Bullman, James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Willie Dennis, Al Grey, Dick Hixson, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Barry Galbraith, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe (g), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Eddie Jones, Don Payne, Oscar Pettiford, Ben Tucker (b), Ronnie Ball, Stan Free, Hank Jones, John Lewis (p), Dave Bailey, Sol Gubin, Osie Johnson, Connie Kay, Don Lamond, Sonny Payne, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), 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)

NOTES:
This Japanese LP contains the same 12 tracks that were said to be scheduled for inclusion in the unreleased 1963 American album The Best Of Chris Connor (Atlantic #8082). It also includes two additional tracks ("All About Ronnie," "I Hear The Music Now").

The front cover features the same photo that Atlantic used for the LP Chris In Person (#8040), though in a far smaller size (less than a third of the cover's space). It is also heavily cropped: Connor is seen not in full but from the waist up. (In the CD incarnation, the above-described photo is not used. For other details, consult the notes under that incarnation, released in 1991.)


Title: The Best Of Chris Conner
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: www~ Stateside [licensed?]     Cat. Num.: SR 7055 (Japan)
02:57 August 9-11, 1954 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
02:54 August 9-11, 1954 Spring Is Here   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
02:32 August 21,1954 How Long Has This Been Going On?   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
02:37 August 21,1954 A Cottage For Sale   (Larry Conley, Willard Robison)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)
02:32 August 21,1954 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Everett Barksdale, Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Compilation of tracks from Chris Connor's Bethlehem years.


Title: Chris Connor At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Fresh Sound      Cat. Num.: FSR-705 (Spain)
02:03 1963 A Lot Of Livin' To Do   (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse)
03:50 1963 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free)   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
02:56 1963 All Or Nothing At All   (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence)
04:17 1963 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
02:15 1963 You Came A Long Way From St. Louis   (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell)
02:56 1963 Old Devil Moon   (Erwin 'Yip' Harburg, Burton Lane)
02:48 1963 I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:58 1963 Black Coffee   (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster)
03:07 1963 Goodbye   (Gordon Jenkins)
05:10 1963 Only The Lonely   (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen)
04:22 1963 Ten Cents A Dance   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1963 FM live album At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show. I have not been able to ascertain the release year of this LP version, but the likeliest possibilities are within th 1980s.

One of the various CD versions of At The Village Gate, Early Show & Late Show was issued by Blue Moon, a Spanish label to which Fresh Sound probably has ties. The Blue Moon edition, released in 1998, bears the title 'S Wonderful.


Title: Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Fresh Sound      Cat. Num.: RLP-215 (Spain)
02:08 01/30/1961 15652 I Feel A Song Coming On   (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
05:00 12/15/1960 15646 The Wind   (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
04:40 12/15/1960 15645 New York's My Home   (Gordon Jenkins)
03:31 12/22/1960 15648 Guess Who I Saw Today   (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
03:37 12/15/1960 15647 When The Sun Comes Out   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
02:38 01/30/1961 15651 Send For Me   (Ollie Jones)
03:44 12/22/1960 15649 Where Do You Go?   (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
06:41 01/30/1961 15650 Something's Coming   (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
04:09 01/30/1961 15653 Deep Song   (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
02:45 01/30/1961 15654 Can't Get Out Of This Mood   (Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser)

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)

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1961 album that bears the same title, and which was originally released on Roulette Records. This edition from the Fresh Sound label was probably released in the mid-1980s.


Title: Cool Chris
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: www~ King      Cat. Num.: SH 221 (Japan)
02:25 September 1965 12840 A Hard Day's Night   (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
03:35 September 1965 12841 A Taste Of Honey   (Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott)
03:35 September 1965 12842 Downtown   (Tony Hatch)
03:25 September 1965 12843 Feeling Good   (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
03:35 September 1965 12844 The Shadow Of Your Smile   (Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster)
01:53 September 1965 12845 Who Can I Turn To   (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
02:38 September 1965 12846 Can't Get Over the Bossa Nova   (Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Marilyn Gins)
02:13 September 1965 12847 Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte   (Mack David, Frank DeVol)
02:34 September 1965 12849 Baby, The Rain Must Fall   (Elmer Bernstein, Ernie Sheldon)
02:41 September 1965 12850 Stranger On The Shore   (Robert Mellin, Acker Bilk)
03:27 September 1965 12851 A Quiet Thing   (John Kander, Fred Ebb)
02:41 September 1965 12848 Dear Heart   (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston, Henry Mancini)

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

NOTES:
Reissue of the 1965 ABC album Chris Connor Sings Gentle Bossa Nova.


Title: Chris Connor Meets J. And Kai
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: BETHLEHEM©EMI's Parlophone     Cat. Num.: GEP 8767 (England)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:26 April 1955, Earlier Date It's All Right With Me   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: Chris Connor Chante George Gershwin
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: EP     Label: www~ Versailles     Cat. Num.: F - 90 S 216
02:35 02/26/1957 2384 The Man I Love   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:22 05/01/1957 2519 Somebody Loves Me   (Buddy DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald)
02:36 02/26/1957 2387 Summertime   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward)
02:33 05/01/1957 2520 Embraceable You   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Stan Free, Ralph Sharon (arr, p), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton, Oscar Pettiford (b), Milt Jackson (vib), Osie Johnson, Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] "Sound Flights Into Jazz" Show
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: USA Government's Air Force "Sound Flights Into Jazz" Recruiting Series     Cat. Num.: Volume 10
01:28 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 55 Strike Up The Band   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
01:15 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 55; Incompl All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
01:58 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 56 Misty   (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
00:32 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 56; Incompl Fine And Dandy   (Kay Swift, Paul James)
02:12 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 57 Señor Blues   (Horace Silver)
00:24 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 57; Incompl Angel Eyes   (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent)
01:00 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 58 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
01:37 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 58; Incompl I Miss You So   (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott)
01:51 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 59 It Don't Mean A Thing   (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
00:58 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 59; Incompl 'Round Midnight   (Bernie D. Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams)
01:37 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 60 Blow, Gabriel, Blow   (Cole Porter)
01:00 Circa 1959 (Second Half of 1959) Program 60; Incompl Lover Man   (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)

Chris Connor And Her Trio (acc), Mundell Lowe (g), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The LP Sound Flights Into Jazz, Volume 10 culls six programs made by Connor for the Air Force Reserve Recruiting Service, all of them originally broadcast over participating AFRS stations. Jim Lowe is the host of all six shows. The in-house orchestra is billed as Elliot Lawrence And The All-Stars. Each show is only five minutes long. Timing allows for two songs (one in full, the other performed in part) and brief patter:

Program #55
1. Strike Up The Band [complete]
2. All About Ronnie [incomplete]
Program #56
1. Misty [complete]
2. Fine And Dandy [incomplete]
Program #57
1. Señor Blues [complete]
2. Angel Eyes [incomplete]
Program #58
1. I Hear The Music Now [complete]
2. I Miss You So [incomplete]
Program #59
1. It Don't Mean A Thing [complete]
2. 'Round Midnight [incomplete]
Program #60
1. Blow, Gabriel, Blow [complete]
2. Lover Man [incomplete]

As for the patter that vocalist and host exchange in these programs, it mixes some friendly banter (e. g., Connor and Lowe joke about the accent they both share, as "fellow Missourians") with recruiting propaganda ("it's smart for a girl to serve in the Air Force Reserve," Miss Rhyming Connor enthusiastically proclaims).

All six shows start with the host identification of the personnel: "It's Jim Lowe and here we go on an Air Force Reserve Sound Flight with Chris Connor, Her Trio, plus Mundell Lowe on guitar, and Elliot Lawrence And The All-Stars. It's jazz at its best on Sound Flights."

The album's back cover contains the following legend: "Prepared by Office of Information, Continental Air Command, Mitchell Air Force Base, New York."

The recording date(s) of these Sound Flight numbers remain(s) unknown. But a variety of clues have led me to confidently pick 1959 as the correct year.

Online, I have found references to an additional AFRS Chris Connor LP, said to contain program No. 321 of the Air Force Recruiting Service. Any further information about PGM 321 would be appreciated. (Notice also related entry in this page, entitled [AFRS] "Sounds Of Freedom" Show, release date unknown.)


Title: [AFRS] "Sounds Of Freedom" Show
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: LP     Label: USA Government's Air Force "Sounds Of Freedom" Recruiting Series     Cat. Num.: PGM 4
      Between 1959 and 1962 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues   (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
      Between 1959 and 1962 God Bless The Child   (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday)

Other Individuals Unknown (acc), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] Basic Music Library [4 songs from LP This Is Chris]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series     Cat. Num.: P 4435
03:09 April 1955, Later Date Someone To Watch Over Me   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
02:51 April 1955, Earlier Date Trouble Is A Man   (Alec Wilder)
03:26 April 1955, Earlier Date All This And Heaven Too   (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] Basic Music Library [4 songs from LP This Is Chris]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series     Cat. Num.: P 4436
03:28 April 1955, Later Date I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)
02:28 April 1955, Later Date From This Moment On   (Cole Porter)
04:13 April 1955, Earlier Date Ridin' High   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] Basic Music Library [Bethlehem vocals, 5 by Chris Connor, 2 by Bobby Troup]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series     Cat. Num.: P 6270
02:51 August 9-11, 1954 What Is There To Say?   (Vernon Duke, Erwin 'Yip' Harburg)
02:37 April 1955, Earlier Date Blame It On My Youth   (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)
03:02 August 9-11, 1954 Try A Little Tenderness   (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry Woods)
02:43 August 9-11, 1954 Come Back To Sorrento   (Claude Aveling, Ernesto DeCurtis)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Everett Barksdale, Joe Puma (g), Milt Hinton, Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins, Ralph Sharon (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] Basic Music Library [LP Witchcraft]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series     Cat. Num.: P 7313-7314
03:06 09/14/1959 3763 Witchcraft   (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
      09/21/1959 3775 I'll Never Be Free   (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin)
03:42 10/05/1959 3817 The Lady Sings the Blues   (Alec Wilder, William Engvick)
02:44 09/21/1959 3774 Come Rain Or Come Shine   (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
04:15 10/05/1959 3820 When Sunny Gets Blue   (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher)
02:34 09/21/1959 3776 How Little We Know (How Little It Matters)   (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)
03:28 10/05/1959 3819 Baltimore Oriole   (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster)
02:25 09/21/1959 3773 Just In Time   (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne)
02:40 09/14/1959 3765 Like A Woman   (Frank Loesser)
04:13 10/05/1959 3818 Skyscraper Blues   (Tom Adair, Jenkins)
03:44 09/14/1959 3766 You Don't Know What Love Is   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul)

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (arr, con), George Berg (r, f, as), Phil Bodner (r, f, ts, ca), Al Klink, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Hymie Schertzer (as), Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham, Bernie Privin, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Mort Bullman, Frank Rehak, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Fred Klein (ca), Jim Buffington (frh), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Hank Jones (p), Sol Gubin (vib, d, bel), Osie Johnson, Don Lamond (d), Bobby Rosengarden (bo), Phil Kraus (per), 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)


Title: [AFRS] "All Star Parade Of Bands" Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: Stan Kenton
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "All Star Parade Of Bands" series     Cat. Num.: AFRS ASPB 5
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [AFRS] "All Star Parade Of Bands" Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "All Star Parade Of Bands" series     Cat. Num.: AFRS ASPB 10
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [AFRS] "All Star Parade Of Bands" Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "All Star Parade Of Bands" series     Cat. Num.: AFRS ASPB 14
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [AFRS] "All Star Parade Of Bands" Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "All Star Parade Of Bands" series     Cat. Num.: AFRS ASPB 22
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [AFRS] The Stan Kenton Show [2 Chris Connor vocals]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Stan Kenton" Series     Cat. Num.: SK-24
02:18 04/14/1953 Love Me Or Leave Me   (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
03:08 04/14/1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Stan Kenton" Series     Cat. Num.: SK-25
      04/21/1953 Everything Happens To Me   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Stan Kenton" Series     Cat. Num.: SK-26
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Stan Kenton" Series     Cat. Num.: SK-27
03:51 April 23 - May 6, 1953 I'll Remember April   (Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Patricia Johnston)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [AFRS] The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Stan Kenton" Series     Cat. Num.: SK-28
02:53 April 23 - May 6, 1953 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [AFRS] The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Stan Kenton" Series     Cat. Num.: SK-29
      April 23 - May 6, 1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [AFRS] The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Stan Kenton" Series     Cat. Num.: SK-34
      05/19/1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Pete Rugolo (arr), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] The Stan Kenton Show [1 Chris Connor vocal]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Stan Kenton" Series     Cat. Num.: SK-35
03:36 06/09/1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Zoot Sims (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [AFRS] "One Night Stand" Show [Stan Kenton episode]
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "One Night Stand" Series     Cat. Num.: ONS-3351
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [AFRS] Basic Music Library [4 Stan Kenton numbers, 2 with Chris Connor]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series     Cat. Num.: P 2796
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!   (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (bkv)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Girls & Kenton
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: CAPITOL     Cat. Num.: ECJ-50075 (Japan)
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!   (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
02:38 02/11/1953 11120 If I Should Lose You   (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
02:50 04/08/1953 11352-9 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (bkv)

NOTES:
According to Michael Sparke in Stan Kenton: The Studio Sessions, this LP contains, as shown above, the Kenton-Connor master of "All About Ronnie" that was originally left unissued. This master was also included in the 1991 Mosaic set The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Holman And Russo Charts.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton In Disco Order, Volume 15
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Ajax [Ajaz]     Cat. Num.: Ajaz C-1618
02:39 02/11/1953 11115-25 And The Bull Walked Around, Olé!   (Joe Greene, Doug Neal, Betsy Ellis)
02:16 02/11/1953 11116-7 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)
02:47 04/08/1953 11354-6 Baia   (Ary Barroso)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Lee Gillette (pdr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Maynard Ferguson, Ruben McFall, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley, Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor (v), The Stan Kenton Orchestra (bkv)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton In Disco Order, Volume 16
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Ajax [Ajaz]     Cat. Num.: Ajaz C-1654
02:46 05/25/1953 11446-13 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:44 05/25/1953 11559-23 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Bob Gioga (bar), Conte Candoli, Walter "Pete" Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Harry DeAlmeida (tam), Chris Connor, The Stan Kenton Orchestra (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Broadcasts: January 1, 1953 Plus April 8, 1953
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: cassette     Label: yyy~ Joyce Record Club     Cat. Num.: JRC-1525
      March 27 - April 9, 1953 Jeepers Creepers   (Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Tom Shepard (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Glen Roberts (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Live In 1953
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: cassette     Label: yyy~ Joyce Record Club     Cat. Num.: JRC-1496
02:18 04/14/1953 Love Me Or Leave Me   (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)
03:08 04/14/1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Broadcasts June 19, 1953 And April 25, 1956
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: cassette     Label: yyy~ Joyce Record Club     Cat. Num.: JRC-1533
03:36 06/09/1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Zoot Sims (ts), Tony Ferina (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Stan Kenton] Stan Kenton ("Filigram Jazz" Series)
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Powder      Cat. Num.: 6783 (France)
      04/21/1953 Everything Happens To Me   (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
      05/19/1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)
      06/02/1953 I Get A Kick Out Of You   (Cole Porter)
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)
03:17 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Don't Worry 'Bout Me   (Ted Koehler, Rube Bloom)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards, Pete Rugolo (arr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Don Carone, Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Tony Ferina, Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
Please notice that, in the case of all performances dated March 27 or April 23, those dates refer to the first day of Kenton's 1953 concert engagements at the Blue Note and Birdland Clubs, not to the exact day on which the given performance took place. For the specific days, consult the notes under the sessions dated May 27 - April 9, 1953 and April 23 - May 6, 1953 in this page.


Title: [Stan Kenton] Big Band Remotes
Artist: The Stan Kenton Orchestra
Format: commercial CDr/MP3     Label: yyy~ Redmond Nostalgia      Cat. Num.: CD 100
03:08 04/14/1953 All About Ronnie   (Joe Greene)
02:18 04/14/1953 Love Me Or Leave Me   (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Bill Russo (arr, tb), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Claude Thornhill] Snowfall
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: RCA VICTOR     Cat. Num.: NL 46030
03:01 01/06/1949 D9-BV-0049 There's A Small Hotel   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:15 01/06/1949 D9-VB-0048 I Don't Know Why   (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Gil Evans (arr), Claude Thornhill (arr, con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)

NOTES:
This album was (also) issued by the Spanish label Fresh Sound Records in 1972.

There is a possibility that this entry is erroneous, and that the only existing version of this album is the aforementioned one on Fresh Sound. My information about this album is, unfortunately, very vague.


Title: [Claude Thornhill] Claude Thornhill In Disco Order, Volume 10
Artist: The Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Format: LP     Label: yyy~ Ajax [Ajaz]     Cat. Num.: Ajaz 274
03:01 01/06/1949 D9-BV-0049 There's A Small Hotel   (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
03:15 01/06/1949 D9-VB-0048 I Don't Know Why   (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk)

The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (ldr), Gil Evans (arr), Claude Thornhill (arr, con, p), Danny Polo, Jerry Therkeld (cl, as), Drew Moore, Mario Rollo (ts), Bill Bushey (bar), John Carisi, John Napton, Gene Roland (t), Leon Cox, Allan Langstaff (tb), Addison Collins, Arthur Sussman (frh), Barry Galbraith (g), Joe Shulman (b), William Exiner (d), Chris Connor, The Snowflakes (v)


Title: [AFRS] Basic Music Library [4 Jerry Wald numbers, 2 with Chris Connor]
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: radio transcription     Label: USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series     Cat. Num.: P 2720
02:34 04/17/1952 82694 You're The Cream In My Coffee   (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson)
02:39 04/17/1952 82696 Cherokee   (Ray Noble)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Great Jazz Singers With The Great Big Band
Artist: Jerry Wald and His Orchestra
Format: CD     Label: DECCA©MCA     Cat. Num.: 3149 (Japan)
02:34 04/17/1952 82694 You're The Cream In My Coffee   (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson)
03:04 04/17/1952 82697 Pennies From Heaven   (Johnny Burke, Arthur Johnston)

Jerry Wald and His Orchestra (ldr), Jerry Wald (con, cl), Herb Geller, Sam Zittman (as), Buddy Arnold (ts), George Berg, Eddie Caine (bar), Al Derisi, Al Porcino, Dick Sherman, Al Stewart (t), Jack Hitchcock, Sonny Russo (tb), Billy Bauer (g), Eddie Safranski (b), Jack Kelly (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Kaleidoscópio Elenco
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: Elenco     Cat. Num.: unknown (Brazil)
02:48 1963 I Concentrate On You   (Cole Porter)

Chris Connor (ldr), Mundell Lowe (g), Richard Davis (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Blues For A Love Affair
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note Toshiba     Cat. Num.: TOCJ 5298 (Japan)
02:45 1963 Humdrum Blues   (Oscar Brown, Jr.)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Vocal On Bethlehem
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: CAPITOL©Toshiba-EMI     Cat. Num.: TOCJ-62103
02:22 August 9-11, 1954 Lullaby Of Birdland   (George David Weiss, George Shearing)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Ellis Larkins Trio (acc), Everett Barksdale (g), Beverly Peer (b), Ellis Larkins (p), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Jazz Taxi: Relaxing Jazz Cruise
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: VICTOR     Cat. Num.: VICJ-61591 (Japan)
02:26 August 21,1954 Stella By Starlight   (Ned Washington, Victor Popular Young)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet (acc), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (pac), Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] Cigarette
Artist: Chris Connor
Format: CD     Label: BETHLEHEM©Columbia's Nippon     Cat. Num.: YMN S09 (Japan)
02:19 August 21,1954 Gone With The Wind   (Allie Wrubel, Herb Magidson)
02:45 April 1955, Later Date The Thrill Is Gone   (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)
01:48 April 1955, Earlier Date All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart   (Jack Val, Fred Patrick, Claude Reese)

Chris Connor (ldr), Creed Taylor (pdr), The Vinnie Burke Quartet, The Ralph Sharon Group (acc), Herbie Mann (f, ts), Ronnie Odrich (f, cl), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Joe Cinderella, Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke, Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Don Burns (pac), Osie Johnson, Art Mardigan (d), Chris Connor (v)

NOTES:
The label identification is tentative. Definitely released by an official or a licensed company but it might or might have not been Nippon Columbia.


Title: [Various Artists] It's A Most Unusual Day [Prepared For Members Of Avon's Presidents Club)
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: ATLANTIC©WEA     Cat. Num.: OP 1503 (England?)
02:55 12/19/1956 2281 It's A Most Unusual Day   (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)

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


Title: [Various Artists] Big Band Bonanza
Artist: Various
Format: LP     Label: zzz~ Swing Era     Cat. Num.: SE-1 (England)
02:24 April 23 - May 6, 1953 Taking A Chance On Love   (Vernon Duke, John Latouche, Ted Fetter)

The Stan Kenton Orchestra (ldr), Johnny Richards (arr), Vinnie Dean, Lee Konitz (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca (ts), Henry "Hank" Levy (bar), Conte Candoli, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Don Dennis, Ernie Royal, Don Smith (t), Bob Burgess, Keith Moon, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo (tb), George Roberts (bt), Sal Salvador (g), Donald "Don" Bagley (b), Stan Kenton (p), Stan Levey (d), Chris Connor (v)


Title: [Various Artists] The Girls Sing, Volume 2
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Norma/Candlelite     Cat. Num.: NOCD 5651 (Japan)
02:24 02/26/1957 2385 'S Wonderful   (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

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


Title: [Various Artists] The Girls Sing, Volume 3
Artist: Various
Format: CD     Label: zzz~ Norma/Candlelite     Cat. Num.: NOCD 5658 (Japan)
02:19 09/14/1959 3764 I Hear The Music Now   (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas)

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