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

Generated on Sep 14, 2011

Return To This Discography's First Page


Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor At Atlantic Records (1956-1962)

All Chris Connor dates on Atlantic Records are listed in this page, with the exception of the Chris In Person sessions. (Those can instead be found in the page for Concert, Radio And Television, September 13, 1959.) Notice also that the present page incorporates Connor's 1961 sessions for one non-Atlantic album: Two's Company (1961), released on Roulette as part of a special deal with Atlantic.

For an overview of Connor's Atlantic period (the richest in her artistic career), see note at the bottom of the page. (As for the blue arrowheads which can be periodically seen through the page, click on them if you want to check a longer list of albums containing any given performance.)


Date: January 19, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.1835   MasterMy April Heart - 2:45  (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
     ATLANTIC EP: 577 — Chris Connor   (1956)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
b.1836   MasterWhen The Wind Was Green - 3:27  (Don Hunt, Henry Stinson)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c.1837   MasterHe Was Too Good To Me - 3:45  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
     ATLANTIC EP: 577 — Chris Connor   (1956)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   
d.1838   MasterSomething To Live For - 3:16  (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)
     ATLANTIC LP: 82308 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1987)
     ATLANTIC CS/CD: 81817 4/2 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1991)
www~ Rhino CS/CD: R4/R2 -71507 — [Various Artists] Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: Great American Songwriters Series, Volume 5   (1993)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
     ATLANTIC©WEA International CD: 80769 (England) — Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2000)

Issues / Collectors' Corner

1. Chris Connor [LP]
I have read various fan reports which claim that the mono and stereo versions of Atlantic LP #1228 feature different takes. The claim is accurate in the case of at least one song ("Get Out Of Town"; see session dated February 8, 1956.) Listeners acquainted with both the mono and stereo versions of the album are encouraged to contact me at ivansantiagomercado@earthlink.net , if they believe that any of the other 11 songs was isssued in multiple takes.

2. Chris Connor [CD]
Some listeners of Atlantic CD #80769 have expressed dissatisfaction with the disc's sound quality, which reminds them of electronically channelled stereo.

3. Chris Connor [EP]
This EP features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.

4. Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not [CD]
Collectables 6239, a twofer CD, has dropped two songs from its reissue of Atlantic original LP 1228. Time constraints was the reason given for such deletions: the combined two LPs run longer than the timing alloted in standard CDs. As compensation, Collectables added two shorter songs or bonus tracks. (For details about those two tracks, see sessions dated April 29, 1958 and July 31, 1958.)

5. The Best Of Chris Connor
An album scheduled to be released but ultimately canceled in the United States. For further specifics, see notes under session dated September 6, 1959. And for other worthwhile Atlantic compilations of Connor material, see next point (#6).

6. Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years
The 40 tracks in this extensive anthology were chosen by Chris Connor and by co-producer and liner annotator Will Friedwald. According to 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 in Warm Cool: photos (of the singer, of her albums for Atlantic), a long essay by Friedwald and, for most tracks, 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 tell, 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.)


Date: January 23, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Barry Galbraith (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), John Lewis (p), Connie Kay (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.1853   MasterWhere Are You? - 3:50  (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh)
b.1854   MasterI Get A Kick Out Of You - 1:53  (Cole Porter)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
     ATLANTIC LP: 82308 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1987)
ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
c.1855   MasterEv'ry Time - 3:49  (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
d.1856   MasterAlmost Like Being In Love - 2:08  (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     ATLANTIC©WEA International CD: 80769 (England) — Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Date: February 8, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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)

a.1874   MasterYou Make Me Feel So Young - 2:50  (Joseph Myrow, Mack Gordon)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
     ATLANTIC EP: 577 — Chris Connor   (1956)
www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
b.1875   MasterAnything Goes - 2:15  (Cole Porter)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     ATLANTIC©WEA International CD: 80769 (England) — Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
c.1876   MasterWay Out There - 2:31  (George Wallington, Buddy Goodman)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1228/SD-1228 [stereo released in 1958] — Chris Connor   (1956)
     ATLANTIC EP: 577 — Chris Connor   (1956)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     ATLANTIC©WEA International CD: 80769 (England) — Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
d.1877-mono   MasterGet Out Of Town - 3:00  (Cole Porter)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1228 — Chris Connor   (1956)
e.1877-stereo   MasterGet Out Of Town - 3:07  (Cole Porter)
     ATLANTIC LP: SD-1228 — Chris Connor   (1958)
     www~ Smithsonian CD: RD 047 A4 22481-22485 — [Various Artists] From This Moment On: The Songs Of Cole Porter   (1994)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     ATLANTIC©WEA International CD: 80769 (England) — Chris Connor (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Songs / Collectors' Corner

1. "Get Out Of Town"
The stereo version of the LP Chris Connor contains an alternate take of "Get Out Of Town." Thanks to a variant reading of the line "why wish me harm?," this alternate is easy to differentiate from the mono take. Only in the stereo version does Connor modify the original, official line, singing instead "why do you wish me harm?" This modification takes place during her second run-through of the refrain (not during the first run-through, which remains faithful to Porter's original wording).

Listeners acquainted with both the mono and stereo versions of the album are encouraged to contact me at ivansantiagomercado@earthlink.net , if they believe that any of the other 11 songs was isssued in multiple takes. "You Make Me Feel So Young" is a prime suspect.


Issues

1. Chris Connor [LP] In Stereo
A November 10, 1958 review of Atlantic LP SD-1228 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."

2. Chris Connor On Cassette?
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 of the existence of this item. (And was it a cassette or maybe a reel-to-reel tape?)


Date: February 15, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.1878   MasterGo 'Way From My Window - 2:51  (John Jacob Niles) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC 45: 1097 — {Past The Age Of Innocence / Go 'Way From My Window}   (1956)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   
b.1879   MasterPast The Age Of Innocence - 2:38  (Norman Gimbel, Bill Sawens) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC 45: 1097 — {Past The Age Of Innocence / Go 'Way From My Window}   (1956)
c.1880   MasterSpeak Low - 2:34  (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill) / arr: Ray Ellis
d.1881   MasterMy Ideal - 2:24  (Leo Robin, Richard Whiting, Newell Chase) / arr: Ray Ellis
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8014 — I Miss You So   (1957)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Issues And Masters

1. Chris Connor
2. "Speak Low"
3. "My Ideal"
Where the first two numbers from this session are ephemereal songs obviously recorded for release on a commercial 45, the last two numbers are standards recorded at this singles session for reasons unknown. Since this date was held just a week after the last session for the LP Chris Connor, it is possible that "My Ideal" and "Speak Low" were conceived as alternative album material, to be included in that album only if any of the other 12 masters were deemed unsatisfactory.

4. I Miss You So [LP]
This is the earliest of two vinyl albums thay compile Connor's singles on Atlantic. For details about the second compilation (Misty), see notes under session dated April 29, 1958.

The songs in I Miss You So were taken from the following singles 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)

There is also a twelfth song ("They All Laughed"), a master recorded on 4/24/57 as part of the sessions for the album Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song, but not included in it. (It was included, however, in the CD version of the Almanac, as a bonus track.)


Date: June 5, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.2006   Master'Round About - 3:57  (Vernon Duke, Ogden Nash) / arr: Ralph Burns
b.2007   MasterBut Not For Me - 3:50  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Burns
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
     www~ Rhino CD: R2-71503 — [Various Artists] George & Ira Gershwin: Great American Songwriters Series   (1993)
     www~ Rhino CD: 74033 — [Various Artists] Great American Songwriters, Volumes 1-5   (1995)
     www~ Rhino CD: R2 72472 — [Various Artists] Female Vocal Classics ("Masters of Jazz Series," 5)   (1996)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c.2008   MasterOh! You Crazy Moon - 3:43  (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) / arr: Ralph Burns
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   
d.2009   MasterHigh On A Windy Hill - 3:46  (Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer) / arr: Ralph Burns
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Date: June 6, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.2010   MasterWhy Can't I? - 3:46  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Ralph Burns
b.2011   MasterSuddenly It's Spring - 3:11  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) / arr: Ralph Burns
     www~ Smithsonian CD: AD048-18 A24155 — [Various Artists] James Van Heusen: The Smithsonian American Songbook Series   (1996)
c.2012   MasterAngel Eyes - 3:42  (Matt Dennis, Earl K. Brent) / arr: Ralph Burns
     www~ Smithsonian CS/CD: RD 113 RJ 0041 / 0040 — [Various Artists] The Jazz Singers   (1998)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     www~ Shout Factory CD: DK 30276 — [Various Artists] Good Morning Heartache   (2004)
d.2013   MasterYou Stepped Out Of A Dream - 3:50  (Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn) / arr: Ralph Burns
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Date: July 28, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.2063   MasterMy Heart Is So Full Of You - 2:19  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC 45: 1105 — {I Miss You So / My Heart Is So Full Of You}   (1956)
     ATLANTIC EP: 580 — Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)   (1957)
b.2064   MasterI Miss You So - 2:30  (Sid Robin, Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC 45: 1105 — {I Miss You So / My Heart Is So Full Of You}   (1956)
     ATLANTIC EP: 580 — Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
c.2065   MasterRadar Blues - 2:37  (Harry Revel) / arr: Ray Ellis
     www~ Rhino CD: 79936 — [Various Artists] Brain In A Box: Science Fiction Collection   (2000)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8014 — I Miss You So   (1957)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Date: August 7, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.2073   MasterGuess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - 3:30  (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) / arr: Ralph Burns
b.2074   MasterThursday's Child - 3:53  (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd) / arr: Ralph Burns
c.2075   MasterI Wonder What Became Of Me - 4:13  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ralph Burns
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
d.2076   MasterAbout The Blues - 3:43  (Arthur Hamilton) / arr: Ralph Burns
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1240/SD-1240 — He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1956)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Date: October 16, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.2158   MasterTime Out For Tears - 2:42  (Abe Schiff, Irving Berman) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC 45: 1121 — {Time Out For Tears / I Love You, Yes I Do}   (1957)
     ATLANTIC EP: 580 — Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)   (1957)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b.2159   MasterTrust In Me - 2:16  (Milton Ager, Jean Schwartz, Ned Wever) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC 45: 1138 — {Trust In Me / Mixed Emotions}   (1957)
     www~ Rhino CD: 74255 — [Various Artists] Cosmic Grooves: Taurus   (2001)
c.2160   MasterMixed Emotions - 2:50  (Stuart Louchheim) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC 45: 1138 — {Trust In Me / Mixed Emotions}   (1957)
d.2161   MasterI Love You, Yes I Do - 2:38  (Guy Wood, Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Henry Glover, Sally Nix) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC 45: 1121 — {Time Out For Tears / I Love You, Yes I Do}   (1957)
     ATLANTIC EP: 580 — Chris Connor (aka I Miss You So)   (1957)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8014 — I Miss You So   (1957)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Collectors' Corner

1. I Miss You So [EP]
This EP is identified as I Miss You So in some sources, as Chris Connor in other sources. Its front cover is different from the LP counterpart. The LP features a photo of two couples by some trees, one of them 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).


Date: November 16, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Wilder (t), Oscar Pettiford (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.2204   MasterPoor Little Rich Girl - 3:52  (Noel Coward) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: 5046719442 (Australia) — [Various Artists] All That Lounge   (2005)
b.2205   MasterEverything I've Got - 3:20  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 615 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
c.2206   MasterAll I Need Is You - 3:28  (Benny Davis, Peter DeRose, Mitchell Parish) / arr: Ralph Sharon
d.2207   MasterIt Only Happens When I Dance With You - 3:48  (Irving Berlin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 615 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1286 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
     www~ Rhino CD: R2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)

Songs & Songwriters

1. "Everything I've Got"
This session's version of "Everything I've Got" combines Rodgers & Hart's original lyrics with newly written ones, probably penned by Ralph Sharon.


Personnel

1. Eddie Costa
In the back cover of the LP A Jazz Date With Chris Connor, pianist and vibraphonist Eddie Costa is quoted as follows: "One of my first record dates in New York was as a sideman on a Chris Connor date. I played piano on that particular occasion. She has certainly come a long way since then and it's a pleasure to see how she has developed into an artist with a style and sound all her own." The session to which Costa is referring remains a mystery to me. If it truly was a Connor date (rather than a session which she did for one of the bandleaders with whom she worked as a canary), the most logical candidate would be one of her two debut solo sessions, made for Bethlehem on December 17 and 18, 1953. A Dave Martin is listed as the pianist of those dates. Hence, for Costa to have been a participant, an explanation would be necessary. (Among many possibilities, Bethlehem's discographical information could be wrong on this matter, or Costa could have played in just one of the two sessions -- Martin in the other -- or "Dave Martin" could be a pseudonym for Eddie Costa.


Issues

1. A Jazz Date With Chris Connor [LP]
Curiously, Connor's late 1956 sessions were left unissued until 1958, when Atlantic finally issued A Jazz Date With Chris Connor.


Collectors' Corner

1. A Jazz Date With Chris Connor [EP]
This EP features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.


Date: December 17, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.2243   MasterLonely Town - 4:19  (Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b.2244   MasterAny Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (aka Fancy Free) - 2:15  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ralph Sharon
c.2245   MasterMoon Ray - 3:12  (Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 615 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
     www~ Rhino CD: 72966 — [Various Artists] Jazz Vocal Classics (Atlantic Series)    (1998)
     www~ Rhino CS/CD: 79897 — [Various Artists] Nighttime Jazz (Flashback Series)   (2003)
     www~ Wea CD: 74316 — [Various Artists] Best Of Jazz Vocals ("Flashback" Series)   (2003)
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d.2246   MasterDriftwood - 2:24  (Peter Udel, Tommy Goodman) / arr: Ralph Sharon
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1286 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
     www~ Rhino CD: R2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)

Date: December 19, 1956
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn, Lucky Thompson (ts), Oscar Pettiford (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), Francisco "Chino" Pozo (bo), Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria (cng), Chris Connor (v)

a.2278   MasterMy Shining Hour - 3:12  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b.2279   MasterJust Squeeze Me - 4:15  (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines) / arr: Ralph Sharon
c.2280   MasterI'm Shooting High - 2:32  (Ted Koehler, Jimmy McHugh) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 615 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
d.2281   MasterIt's A Most Unusual Day - 2:55  (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: 5046719442 (Australia) — [Various Artists] All That Lounge   (2005)
     ATLANTIC©WEA LP: OP 1503 (England?) — [Various Artists] It's A Most Unusual Day [Prepared For Members Of Avon's Presidents Club)   
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1286 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (1958)
     www~ Rhino CD: R2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)

Personnel

1. Lucky Thompson
2. Al Cohn
Lucky Thompson plays the second tenor saxophone solo on "I'm Shooting High." On "My Shining Hour" and "Just Squeeze Me," Al Cohn plays obbligati behind the singer. Cohn plays most of the other tenor saxophone solos in this session.


Date: January 31, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

a.2320   MasterWho Cares  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
b.2321   RejectedLooking For A Boy  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
c.2322   RejectedLiza  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn) / arr: Ralph Sharon
All titles unissued.

Songs (Cross-references)

1. Re-recordings
For the re-recordings of "Liza" and "Looking For A Boy" that were issued in the album Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, see next session (February 1, 1957).


Date: February 1, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Al Cohn (ts), Joe Newman (t), Milt Hinton (b), Ralph Sharon (p), Eddie Costa (vib), Osie Johnson (d), John Rodrigues (bo), Chris Connor (v)

a.2323   MasterOf Thee I Sing - 1:26  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
b.2324   MasterStrike Up The Band - 2:31  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c.2325   MasterI've Got A Crush On You - 2:15  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 593 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
d.2326   MasterSoon - 2:00  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 595 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
e.2327   MasterLiza - 2:38  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
f.2328   MasterLooking For A Boy - 3:02  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 594 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
g.2329   MasterI Got Rhythm - 1:45  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)

Issues And Masters

1. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song [LP]
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 seems to have been issued in monophonic 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 songs, 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' Porgy and Bess, some by solo acts, some by the rosters of the record companies. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song actually includes a three-song medley from the show; see session dated February 26, 1957.)

2. 1. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volumes 1 And 2 [LPs]
Although these two LPs 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. Notice that, unlike the original 1957 issue, these volumes are listed as having come out in stereophonic.

In 2009, both volumes were (re?)issued in MP3 format by the British budget label Hallmark. (If interested, do bear in mind that many of Hallmark's releases leave a lot to be desired, from an aural standpoint. This problem has been especially notorious in CDs that the label released during the first decade of the twenty-first century.

3. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song [CD]
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.)


Date: February 7, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Herbie Mann (f), Barry Galbraith (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Ralph Sharon (p, cel), Ronnie Free (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.2334   MasterI've Got Beginner's Luck - 2:09  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
b.2335   MasterSlap That Bass - 1:58  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC's Clarion LP: 611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
c.2336   MasterFor You, For Me, For Evermore - 3:35  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC's Clarion LP: 611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
d.2337   MasterLove Is Sweeping The Country - 2:54  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 596 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)   (1957)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)

Date: February 26, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.2384   MasterThe Man I Love - 2:35  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 595 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
     www~ Versailles EP: F - 90 S 216 — Chris Connor Chante George Gershwin   
b.2385   Master'S Wonderful - 2:24  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 596 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     zzz~ Norma/Candlelite CD: NOCD 5651 (Japan) — [Various Artists] The Girls Sing, Volume 2   
c.2386   MasterA Foggy Day - 3:16  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
     ATLANTIC's Clarion LP: 611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
www~ Smithsonian CD: RD 048-2 — [Various Artists] George Gershwin: American Songbook Series   (1992)
d.2387   MasterSummertime - 2:36  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC EP: 594 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
e.2388   MasterThere's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York - 1:41  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
f.2389   MasterI Loves You Porgy - 2:58  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
     ATLANTIC's Clarion LP: 611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)

Songs

1. "Porgy And Bess Medley"
Performed as a three-song Porgy And Bess medley are "Summertime," "There's A Boat Dat's Leaving Soon For New York," and "I Loves You Porgy."

2. "Summertime"
During her stay at Atlantic Records, Connor recorded "Summertime" twice. Unlike this session's version, which is part of a medley, the second version was performed on its own, and in full. It is also taken at a faster clip. See session dated January 23, 1961. (That second performance of "Summertime" appears on Atlantic CD 601-2, too, as a bonus track.)


Issues & Collectors' Corner

1. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac On EP
Atlantic issued four 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 artist's name and title. 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 those EPs.


Date: March 12, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Herbie Mann, Sam Most (f), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Joe Puma (g), Vinnie Burke (b), Ralph Sharon (p, cel), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.2418   Master(Our) Love Is Here To Stay  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
     unissued
b.2419   MasterNice Work If You Can Get It - 1:19  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC EP: 595 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)   (1957)
ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
c.2420   MasterBlah Blah Blah - 2:54  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC EP: 593 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
d.2421   MasterThey Can't Take That Away From Me - 2:10  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
     ATLANTIC's Clarion LP: 611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Personnel

1. Peanuts Hucko
2. Sam Most
Clarinet obbligatos by Peanuts Hucko on "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and by Sam Most on "They Can't Take That Away From Me."


Date: March 26, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Eddie Wasserman (bcl, ts), James "Jimmy" Cleveland, Warren Covington, Jim Thompson (tb), Barry Galbraith (g), Wendell Marshall (b), Hank Jones (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.2422   MasterClap Yo' Hands - 2:26  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC EP: 594 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
b.2423   MasterLittle Jazz Bird - 3:08  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c.2424   MasterI Was Doing All Right - 2:15  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC EP: 593 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
     ATLANTIC's Clarion LP: 611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
d.2425   MasterMy One And Only - 2:39  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC EP: 596 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)

Personnel

1. Jimmy Cleveland
All trombones solos in this session are by Jimmy Cleveland.


Date: April 24, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.2482   MasterThat Certain Feeling - 2:12  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC EP: 596 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 4)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
b.2483   MasterFascinating Rhythm - 2:34  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
c.2484   Master(Our) Love Is Here To Stay - 3:16  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
     ATLANTIC's Clarion LP: 611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
d.2485   MasterThey All Laughed - 2:15  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Ray Ellis
     ATLANTIC LP: 8014 — I Miss You So   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 82308 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1987)
     ATLANTIC CS/CD: 81817 4/2 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1991)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
     ATLANTIC©Warner audiophile LP/CD: 50504 674873 (England) — [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Swinging Lounge Tunes From The Warner And Atlantic Vaults, Volume 2   (2005)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)

Dating, Masters & Issues

1. Chris Connor Sings The Gershwin Almanac Of Song [CD]
2. "They All Laughed"
The recording date that the booklet of Atlantic CD 601-2 gives to "They All Laughed" (master #2485) is wrong. The correct date is this one (April 24, 1957). The CD incorrectly assigns the master to Connor's September 13, 1959 session.

The CD correctly classifies "They All Laughed" as a bonus track. Though the number was recorded as part of these Gershwin sessions, it was left out of the original Almanac LP. Atlantic first released it in the LP I Miss You So, which is actually a compilation of her singles. (The inclusion suggests that Atlantic might have originally planned to release "They All Laughed" as a single.)

Another factual error in the information supplied by Atlantic CD 601-2 pertains to a song not from this session -- "Strike Up The Band", master 3447, recorded September 13, 1959. For specifics, see that date in the Concert, Radio And Television page.


Date: May 1, 1957
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun, Jerry Wexler (pdr), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Stan Free (p), Milt Jackson (vib), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.2516   MasterHow Long Has This Been Going On? - 4:00  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Stan Free
     ATLANTIC EP: 595 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 3)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     zzz~ Disconforme's Definitive CD: DRCD 11269 (Spain) — [Various Artists] George Gershwin   (2004)
     zzz~ Disconforme's Definitive CD: DRCD 7714 (Spain) — [Various Artists] The Very Best Of George Gershwin Songbook    (2006)
b.2517   MasterI Can't Be Bothered Now - 1:48  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Stan Free
     ATLANTIC EP: 594 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 2)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
c.2518   MasterLove Walked In - 2:58  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Stan Free
     ATLANTIC LP: 1310/SD-1310 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 2   (1960)
     ATLANTIC's Clarion LP: 611 — Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (1964)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6887 — Chris In Person / Chris Connor Sings George Gershwin   (2000)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
d.2519   MasterSomebody Loves Me - 2:22  (Buddy DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald) / arr: Stan Free
     ATLANTIC EP: 593 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (Pt. 1)   (1957)
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     www~ Versailles EP: F - 90 S 216 — Chris Connor Chante George Gershwin   
e.2520   MasterEmbraceable You - 2:33  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) / arr: Stan Free
     ATLANTIC LP: 1309/SD-1309 [UNRELEASED?] — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song, Volume 1   (1960)
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
     www~ Versailles EP: F - 90 S 216 — Chris Connor Chante George Gershwin   
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 2-601 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song   (1957)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)

Date: ca. March 13, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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)

a.2998   MasterHere Lies Love - 3:38  (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)
b.2999   MasterThe Night We Called It A Day - 3:22  (Matt Dennis, Tom Adair)
     zzz~ Chrome Dreams CD: CD8CD5056 — [Various Artists] The 100 Best Jazz Tunes Of The 1950s   (2011)
c.3000   MasterBlow, Gabriel, Blow - 2:12  (Cole Porter)
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: 50510 110711 2 6 (England) — [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: All Nite Long   (2006)
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d.3001   MasterChinatown My Chinatown - 2:13  (William Jerome, Jean Schwartz)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1290/SD-1290 — Chris Craft   (1958)
     www~ Rhino CD: R2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: 812 276594 2 (England/Australia) — Chris Craft (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2004)

Date: April 8, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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)

a.3032   MasterBe My All - 4:24  (Bart Howard)
b.3033   MasterOne Love Affair - 2:40  (Bart Howard)
c.3034   MasterGood For Nothin' (But Love) - 3:56  (Jimmy Van Heusen, Ed DeLange)
d.3035   MasterOn The First Warm Day - 2:42  (Bart Howard)
     ATLANTIC EP: unknown number — Chris Craft   (1958)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1290/SD-1290 — Chris Craft   (1958)
     www~ Rhino CD: R2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: 812 276594 2 (England/Australia) — Chris Craft (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2004)

Personnel

1. Al Epstein, Al Young
In the majority of my sources, this session's bass clarinet and English horn player is identified as Al Epstein. There are a few other sources that refer to him as Al Young, however. It seems that both monikers were used by this musician (best known for his playing of saxophone), with a preference for "Epstein." Herein I have chosen to coalesce the two alternatives into one, entering his name as Al {Young} Epstein.


Date: April 29, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

a.3054   MasterUnder Paris Skies - 2:39  (Kim Gannon, Hubert Giraud, Jean Drejac)
     ATLANTIC 45: 1188 — {Under Paris Skies / Moon Ride}   (1958)
     ATLANTIC CD: AMCY 1059 (Japan) — I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
b.3055   MasterMoon Ride - 2:45  (Margo Guryan)
     ATLANTIC 45: 1188 — {Under Paris Skies / Moon Ride}   (1958)
     ATLANTIC CD: AMCY 1059 (Japan) — I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
c.3056   MasterLong Hot Summer - 3:08  (Sammy Cahn, Alex North)
d.3057   MasterCircus - 2:02  (Louis Alter, Bob Russell)
     ATLANTIC 45: 2017 — {Flying Home / Circus}   (1959)
     ATLANTIC CD: AMCY 1050 (Japan) — Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
     ATLANTIC©Polydor CD: 639913 (Japan) — [Various Artists] Night Dreaming Jazz {Tracks Selected By Choiwaru}    (2006)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)

Issues

1. Misty
This Japanese release is one of two albums that compile Connor's pop singles for Atlantic Records. The other album is the 1958 US-released compilation, entitled I Miss You So. (Details about it can be found above, in the notes under the session dated February 15, 1956.)

Collectors might be happy to know that there is no duplication between the Misty and I Miss You So LPs . (Matters are a bit differently if we consider digital versions of those albums. The Japanese CD edition of I Miss You So contains four bonus tracks, of which three can also be found in Misty.)

Misty contains a total of 14 tracks, all of them previously issued on 45, except for "(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over," which had never been issued before. (For further details, see notes under session dated January 29, 1959.) The other 13 tracks were culled from the following singles sessions:

4/29/58 (all 4 session masters)
7/31/58 (2 of the session's 4 masters)
9/6/58 (2 of session's 4 masters; the other two never were released)
12/22/59 (all 3 session masters)
1/28/60 (2 of the sessions' 4 masters)

See also notes below, under the session dated January 28, 1960.


Date: May 23, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.3067   MasterBe A Clown - 3:03  (Cole Porter)
b.3068   MasterMoonlight In Vermont - 3:14  (Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn)
     ATLANTIC EP: unknown number — Chris Craft   (1958)
c.3069   MasterLover Man - 3:53  (Roger "Ram" Ramirez, Jimmy Davis, Jimmy Sherman)
     ATLANTIC EP: unknown number — Chris Craft   (1958)
d.3070   MasterJohnny One Note - 2:00  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
     ATLANTIC EP: unknown number — Chris Craft   (1958)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1290/SD-1290 — Chris Craft   (1958)
     www~ Rhino CD: R2 71747 — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft   (1999)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-116-2 — Chris Craft / A Jazz Date With Chris Connor   (2001)
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: 812 276594 2 (England/Australia) — Chris Craft (Atlantic Masters Series)   (2004)

Date: July 31, 1958
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.3107   MasterFlying Home - 2:34  (Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
     ATLANTIC 45: 2017 — {Flying Home / Circus}   (1959)
     ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
     ATLANTIC CD: AMCY 1050 (Japan) — Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6239 — Chris Connor / He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
b.3108   MasterHallelujah, I Love Him So - 2:26  (Ray Charles)
     ATLANTIC 45: 1198 — {I Won't Cry Anymore / Hallelujah, I Love Him So}   (1958)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   
c.3109   MasterI Won't Cry Anymore - 2:23  (Al Frisch, Fred Wise)
     ATLANTIC 45: 1198 — {I Won't Cry Anymore / Hallelujah, I Love Him So}   (1958)
     ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
d.3110   MasterAn Open Fire  (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
     unissued

Songs

1. "Flying Home"
ASCAP credits Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton with the original melody of "Flying Home;" Sid Robin is credited with the lyrics. The CD set Warm Cool wrongly adds Eddie DeLange to the credited songwriters.

The version sung by Chris Connor does not use Robin's seldom-heard lyrics. It uses instead special lyrics (and an arrangement) by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. According to Peter Stoller (a CD producer who is Mike's son), those lyrics had been originally written at the request of Harry Goodman (brother of Benny Goodman). The first artists to record them was Amos Milburn, in 1952.


Date: January 29, 1959 [First Session]
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.3338   MasterBargain Day - 3:14  (William Roy) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   
b.3339   MasterOne For My Baby - 4:52  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
c.3340   MasterGood Morning, Heartache - 4:23  (Ervin Drake, Irene Higginbotham, Dan Fisher) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d.3341   MasterGlad To Be Unhappy - 3:30  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     www~ Rhino CS/CD: R4/R2 -71505 — [Various Artists] Rodgers & Hart: Great American Songwriters Series, Volume 3   (1993)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
     www~ Hallmark CD: (England) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)

Issues

Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
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.)


Date: March 10, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.3405-mono   MasterThese Foolish Things - 3:37  (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (1959)
b.3405-stereo   MasterThese Foolish Things - 3:39  (Jack Strachey, Harry Link, Eric Maschwitz aka Holt Marvell) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
c.3406   Master(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over - 3:03  (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
d.3407   MasterThe End Of A Love Affair - 3:48  (Edward. C. Redding) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
     www~ Hallmark CD: (England) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)
e.3408   MasterSomething I Dreamed Last Night - 4:27  (Sammy Fain, Herb Magidson, Jack Yellen) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
     www~ Hallmark CD: (England) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)

Masters & Issues

1. "These Foolish Things"
2. Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café
Different takes of "These Foolish Things" were used for the mono and stereo versions of the LP Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café. The most noticeable variation is the stereo version's omission of the word "oh" in the line "oh, how the ghost of you clings."

In search of 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 Japanese CD version (AMCY 1067) of this album, and the above-listed 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.)


Date: March 19, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ralph Sharon (con), Bobby Jasper, Morton Lewis, Steve Perlow, Jerry Sanfino, Warren "Champ" Webb (r), Donald Byrd (t), Kenny Burrell (g), Don Payne (b), Stan Free (p), William Exiner (d), Mac Ceppos, Leo Kruczek, Tosha Samaroff (vn), Chris Connor (v)

a.3411   MasterBallad of the Sad Café - 5:00  (Charles DeForest) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
     www~ Hallmark CD: (England) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)
b.3412   MasterI'm A Fool To Want You  (Joel. S. Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     unissued
c.3413   MasterLilac Wine - 4:51  (James H. Shelton) / arr: Ralph Sharon
     ATLANTIC LP: 1307/SD-1307 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1959)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 5277 — West Coast Wailers [instrumental album by Conte Candoli & Lou Levy] / Ballads Of The Sad Café   (1999)
     www~ Hallmark CD: (England) 709482 — Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of the Sad Café   (2010)

Date: September 6, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

a.3655   MasterSeñor Blues - 2:55  (Horace Silver)
     ATLANTIC 45: 2037 — {Señor Blues / Misty}   (1959)
     ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
     ATLANTIC CD: AMCY 1072 (Japan) — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ Rhino CD: 71784 — [Various Artists] Voices Of Cool, Volume 2 ("Atlantic Jazz Vocals" Series)    (1995)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b.3656   MasterMisty - 2:32  (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
     ATLANTIC 45: 2037 — {Señor Blues / Misty}   (1959)
     ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
     ATLANTIC CD: AMCY 1072 (Japan) — A Jazz Date With Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c.3657   MasterFine And Dandy  (Kay Swift, Paul James)
     unissued
d.3658   MasterAll About Ronnie - 3:10  (Joe Greene)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   

Songs

1. "All About Ronnie"
For earlier studio versions of "All About Ronnie," see sessions dated April 8 & May 25, 1953, as well as April 9-11, 1954. In the page dedicated to Live, Radio & Television Dates, see also session dated September 13, 1959.


Issues

1.The Best Of Chris Connor [Atlantic LP]
Around 1963 (possibly after Connor had already left the label, or as she was about to), Atlantic Records scheduled the release of a compilation entitled The Best Of Chris Connor, to which the catalogue number 8082 was assigned. Plans to release this LP 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. It contains the same 12 tracks that were said to be scheduled for inclusion in the American album. It also includes two bonus tracks, one of them being this session's version of "All About Ronnie." As shown above, Victor LP SMJ 7070 and Victor CD AMCY-1078 are the only issues in which master #3658 can be found.

The front cover of the Japanese LP 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) and heavily cropped. Connor is seen not in full but from the waist up.

In the CD incarnation, the above-described photo is not used. In fact, it is just a plain, all-black cover, without any type of artwork.


At The Village Gate On Atlantic Records

On September 13, 1959, Atlantic Records taped Chris Connor live at the Village Vanguard. The results were issued in an album entitled Chris In Person. For further details, consult that date in the Live, Radio, And Television page.


Date: September 14, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (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)

a.3763   MasterWitchcraft - 3:06  (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh) / arr: Richard Wess
     ATLANTIC EP: 622 — Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris)   (1959)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   
b.3764   MasterI Hear The Music Now - 2:19  (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen, Ambroise Charles Thomas) / arr: Richard Wess
     ATLANTIC EP: 622 — Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris)   (1959)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   
     zzz~ Norma/Candlelite CD: NOCD 5658 (Japan) — [Various Artists] The Girls Sing, Volume 3   
c.3765   MasterLike A Woman - 2:40  (Frank Loesser) / arr: Richard Wess
d.3766   MasterYou Don't Know What Love Is - 3:44  (Don Raye, Gene DePaul) / arr: Richard Wess
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8032/SD-8032 — Witchcraft   (1959)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
     USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series radio transcription: P 7313-7314 — [AFRS] Basic Music Library [LP Witchcraft]   

Collectors' Corner

1. Witchcraft [EP]
This EP features the same artwork as its 12" LP counterpart.


Date: September 21, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (con), George Berg, Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque, Jerry Sanfino (r), Hymie Schertzer (as), Bernie Glow, Bernie Privin, Doc Severinsen (t), Bob Alexander, Robert "Bob" Ascher, Mort Bullman, Chauncey Welsch (tb), Mundell Lowe (g), Milt Hinton (b), Hank Jones (p), Don Lamond (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.3773   MasterJust In Time - 2:25  (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) / arr: Richard Wess
     ATLANTIC EP: 622 — Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris)   (1959)
b.3774   MasterCome Rain Or Come Shine - 2:44  (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) / arr: Richard Wess
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
c.3775   MasterI'll Never Be Free  (George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin) / arr: Richard Wess
     ATLANTIC EP: 622 — Witchcraft (Pop Goes Chris)   (1959)
d.3776   MasterHow Little We Know (How Little It Matters) - 2:34  (Carolyn Leigh, Phil Springer) / arr: Richard Wess
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8032/SD-8032 — Witchcraft   (1959)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
     USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series radio transcription: P 7313-7314 — [AFRS] Basic Music Library [LP Witchcraft]   

Date: October 5, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Ahmet Ertegun, Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Richard Wess (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)

a.3817   MasterThe Lady Sings the Blues - 3:42  (Alec Wilder, William Engvick) / arr: Richard Wess
     zzz~ Nova CD: 3107892 (France) — [Various Artists] Women In Love, #2   (2005)
b.3818   MasterSkyscraper Blues - 4:13  (Tom Adair, Jenkins) / arr: Richard Wess
c.3819   MasterBaltimore Oriole - 3:28  (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Richard Wess
d.3820   MasterWhen Sunny Gets Blue - 4:15  (Jack Segal, Marvin Fisher) / arr: Richard Wess
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8032/SD-8032 — Witchcraft   (1959)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6814 — I Miss You So / Witchcraft   (2001)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
     USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series radio transcription: P 7313-7314 — [AFRS] Basic Music Library [LP Witchcraft]   

Date: December 22, 1959
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Chris Connor (v)

a.3984   MasterInvitation - 2:50  (Paul Francis Webster, Bronislau Kaper)
     ATLANTIC 45: 2073 — {Invitation / I Sold My Heart To The Junkman}   (1960)
     ATLANTIC CD: AMCY 1059 (Japan) — I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
b.3985   MasterTo Each His Own - 2:00  (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
c.3986   MasterI Sold My Heart To The Junkman - 2:05  (Otis Rene, Leon Rene)
     ATLANTIC 45: 2073 — {Invitation / I Sold My Heart To The Junkman}   (1960)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)

Date: January 28, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.4238   MasterI Heard A Bluebird - 2:18  (unknown)
     ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
b.4239   MasterFortune Cookies - 2:13  (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
     ATLANTIC LP: P-6135A (Japan) — Misty ("Jazz Forever 2" Series)   (1975)
c.4240   MasterThat's My Desire  (Carroll Loveday, Helmy Kresa)
     ATLANTIC 45: 2053 — {I Only Want Some / That's My Desire}   (1960)
d.4241   MasterI Only Want Some  (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
     ATLANTIC 45: 2053 — {I Only Want Some / That's My Desire}   (1960)
     ATLANTIC CD: AMCY 1059 (Japan) — I Miss You So ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)

Masters & Issues

1. "I Only Want Some"
2. Misty [LP]
According to an uncorroborated report, "I Only Want Some" (master 4241) was considered for inclusion in the 1975 LP Misty, a compilation of Connor's singles on Atlantic. Ultimately, it was not used. (Master 4240, "That's My Desire," may have been considered as well.) See also notes under session dated April 29, 1958.


Date: September 19, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Ronnie Ball (con, p), Phil Woods (as), Bert Collins, Danny Stiles (t), Willie Dennis (tb), George Duvivier (b), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.4932   MasterDay In - Day Out - 2:26  (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom) / arr: Ronnie Ball
     ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
b.4933   MasterSidney's Soliloquy  (James J. Wisner) / arr: Ronnie Ball
     unissued
c.4934   MasterAlone Together - 2:44  (Harold Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) / arr: Ronnie Ball
     ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
d.4935   MasterLove - 2:47  (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) / arr: Ronnie Ball
     ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     www~ New World LP: NW 295 — [Various Artists] When Malindy Sings: Jazz Vocalists, 1938-1961   (1977)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)

Songs

1. "Sidney's Soliloquy"
In Atlantic's master files, master #4933 is identified as "Soliloquy For Sidney." I am assuming that such a title is a slight misnomer, and that this master (which has never been released) actually contains a performance of "Sidney's Soliloquy."


Date: October 27, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Harry Lookofsky (ccm), Jimmy Jones Orchestra (acc), Phil Bodner (r), Clark Terry (t), Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Unknown (str), Hank Jones (p), Osie Johnson (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.5145   MasterAll Too Soon - 2:54  (Carl Sigman, Duke Ellington) / arr: Jimmy Jones
b.5146   MasterHarlequin - 2:48  (Douglass Cross, George Cory) / arr: Jimmy Jones
c.5147   MasterIf I Should Lose You - 2:47  (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) / arr: Jimmy Jones
d.5148   MasterHere's That Rainy Day - 3:02  (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) / arr: Jimmy Jones
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)

Date: November 16, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Clark Terry (t, fh), Barry Galbraith (g), George Duvivier (b), Jimmy Jones (p), Teddy Sommer (d), Harry Lookofsky (vn), Chris Connor (v)

a.5177   MasterFollow Me - 2:50  (Alan Lerner, Frederick Loewe) / arr: Jimmy Jones
     ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
b.5178   MasterI Gotta Right To Sing The Blues - 2:22  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) / arr: Jimmy Jones
     ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
c.5179   MasterWhere Flamingos Fly - 3:25  (John Benson Brooks, Harold Courlander, Elthea Peale) / arr: Jimmy Jones
     ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     zzz~ Giants Of Jazz / Promo CD: 53230 (Italy) — All About Ronnie ("Giants of Jazz" Series)   (1996)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
d.5180   MasterI'm Glad There Is You - 4:20  (Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira Mertz) / arr: Jimmy Jones
     ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)
e.5181   MasterYou Go To My Head  (John Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) / arr: Jimmy Jones
     unissued
f.5182   MasterSweet William - 2:31  (Joe Sherman, Sid Wayne) / arr: Jimmy Jones
     ATLANTIC LP: 8046/SD-8046 — A Portrait of Chris   (1960)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM-236-2 — A Portrait of Chris   (2002)

Songs And Composers

1. "Where Flamingos Fly"
2. Gil Evans
In 1998, when Joseph Vella (of jazzonline.com) interviewed Chris Connor, he made the following request to her: "Name at least one jazz recording that says it all' for you and [tell me] why." Her reply was that "[a]ny recording by the Gil Evans band says it all for me. Where Flamingos Fly immediately comes to mind. It was progressive. Gil’s arrangements and soloists were just so thrilling to me. I still listen to them to this day."

"Where Flamingos Fly" was first recorded by Connor's main vocal influence, Peggy Lee, in what might be an uncredited Gil Evans arrangement. Decca first issued it in 1957, as the B side of a 45 single. The vocal version that became best known, thanks in part to Evans' widely publicized participation, was by Helen Merrill, from her 1957 Mercury album Dream Of You. Merrill's version seems to have been the second to be recorded, shortly after Lee's.


Personnel

1. Clark Terry
This musician plays either trumpet or French song in each song, except "Follow Me," from which he is absent.

2. Harry Lookofsky
Violin, by Harry Lookofsky, on "Follow Me" only.


Date: December 5, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.5215   MasterLonesome Road - 4:20  (Gene Austin, Nathaniel Shilkrat) / arr: Don Sebesky
     ATLANTIC 45: 5014 — {Summertime / Lonesome Road}   (1961)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b.5216   MasterTwo Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree - 2:36  (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote) / arr: Don Sebesky
c.5217   MasterHappy New Year - 4:23  (Gordon Jenkins) / arr: Don Sebesky
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8049/SD-8049 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (1961)
     USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series radio transcription: P 7569-7570 — [AFRS] Basic Music Library [LP Double Exposure]   (1961)
     ATLANTIC CS/LP: 7 90143 4/1 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson} (Jazzlore Series #21)   (1984)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM 319-2 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (2002)

Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor & Maynard Ferguson

Both Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson were former disciples of The Stan Kenton Orchestra. During the month that preceded this session, they had reunited to tour together as part of a so-called "Jazz For Moderns" concert package.

For information about the corporate deal that made possible Ferguson's appearance on Connor's Atlantic sessions, see notes below, under session dated December 15, 1960.


Issues & Personnel

1 & 2. Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson
The front cover of Double Exposure jointly credits Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson (in that order) as the album's main artist.


Date: December 14, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

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

a.5224   MasterSpring Can Really Hang You Up The Most - 4:17  (Tommy Wolf, Fran Landesman) / arr: Willie Maiden
b.5225   MasterAll The Things You Are - 2:48  (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) / arr: Willie Maiden
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
c.5226   MasterIt Never Entered My Mind - 5:04  (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Don Sebesky
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
d.5227   MasterBlack Coffee - 3:37  (Joseph F. "Sonny" Burke, Paul Francis Webster) / arr: Don Sebesky
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8049/SD-8049 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (1961)
     USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series radio transcription: P 7569-7570 — [AFRS] Basic Music Library [LP Double Exposure]   (1961)
     ATLANTIC CS/LP: 7 90143 4/1 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson} (Jazzlore Series #21)   (1984)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM 319-2 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (2002)

Songs & Crossreferences

1. "It Never Entered My Mind"
In a 2008 interview granted to Jazzwax.com , Chris Connor made enthusiastic remarks about this session's master of "It Never Entered My Mind." According to her, the recording has "the most gorgeous arrangement I've ever heard -- and the most difficult I've ever had to sing. From the singer's perspective, with a band that strong and with that kind of arrangement, you couldn't tell which was the right note to hit, especially at the end. The only way you could tell is if the piano played the right note in front. You know, just before the other instruments came in. I made all the chord changes with the help of Jacki Byard. He cued me, and it turned out fantastic." Connor also voiced excitement about "the challenge" posed by the "surprise ending" of her version.

2. Surrender [Film]
The soundtrack of the 1987 movie Surrender includes a performance of "It Never Entered My Mind," sung by Chris Connor with accompaniment by Maynard Ferguson. I have not been able to locate a copy of this album. Given Ferguson's presence, I am tentatively assuming that the soundtrack performance is the same one listed in this session. Michel Colombier was the movie's composer.

3. Double Exposure
For general information about the Double Exposure dates, see notes under preceding session. For additional information about Chris Connor's and Maynard Ferguson's joint record dates, see also notes under next session.


Date: December 15, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ROULETTE

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)

a.15645   MasterNew York's My Home - 4:40  (Gordon Jenkins)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
b.15646   MasterThe Wind - 5:00  (Russ Freeman, Jerry Gladstone)
c.15647   MasterWhen The Sun Comes Out - 3:37  (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
     yyy~ Phonorama LP: PR 5642 — A Collection Of Maynard Ferguson And Chris Conner   (1983)
All titles on:      ROULETTE LP: S/R-52068 — Two's Company ("The Birdland Series") {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1961)
     yyy~ Fresh Sound CD: FSR-CD 30 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1989)
     ROULETTE Jazz CD: 7243 8 37201 2 5 — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1996)
     yyy~ Fresh Sound LP: RLP-215 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   

Bio-Discographical Note: Chris Connor On ROULETTE Records

Chris Connor's three sessions for Roulette Records were done with Atlantic's consent, as part of a deal struck between the labels. The deal involved the production of twin albums with the same two artists (Atlantic's Chris Connor, Roulette's Maynard Ferguson), one to be released on the instrumentalist's label, the other on the vocalist's label. (For other details, see also notes under session dated December 5, 1960. )


Dating And Sources

Erik Raben's Jazz Records 1942-1980: A Discography is the source for the Roulette sessions' recording dates. I have followed Raben on matters of dating, but have otherwise kept the personnel listed in the album, as further explained immediately below.


Personnel

1. Main Acts
On the cover of the album Two's Company, Maynard Ferguson and Chris Connor (in that order) are jointly credited as the main act. Both were former disciples of The Stan Kenton Orchestra.

2. Collective Personnel
The back cover of the album Two's Compay gives a collective personnel for the sessions that it comprises (December 15 and 22, 1961; January 30, 1961). A slightly different personnel can be found in Erik Raben's aforementioned discography. The differences pertain to two instruments.

Raben: Charlie Saunders on bass, Rick Keifer on trumpet
album: John Neves on bass, Bill Berry on trumpet

I have put greater trust in the album's information, which is more detailed than Raben's. Case in point: the number of instruments played by each musician. Whereas Raben has each musician playing only one instrument, the album indicates that some of the musicians alternated instruments during the sessions. Notice also that Raben is listing the same bassist and trumpet player in both this session and an earlier one for Atlantic (December 5, 1961). Most likely, Raben or his sources automatically took for granted that, since Saunders and Keifer were regular members of the Ferguson band, they played in both album sessions.


Issues And Collectors' Corner

1. Two's Company [Columbia LP]
In England, the Roulette album Two's Company was released by Columbia, in both mono (#33SX.1377) and stereo (#SCX 3415). This 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.)


Date: December 22, 1960
Location: New York
Label: ROULETTE

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)

a.15648   MasterGuess Who I Saw Today - 3:31  (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd)
b.15649   MasterWhere Do You Go? - 3:44  (Alec Wilder, Arnold Sundgaard)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
Both titles on:      ROULETTE LP: S/R-52068 — Two's Company ("The Birdland Series") {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1961)
     yyy~ Phonorama LP: PR 5642 — A Collection Of Maynard Ferguson And Chris Conner   (1983)
     yyy~ Fresh Sound CD: FSR-CD 30 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1989)
     ROULETTE Jazz CD: 7243 8 37201 2 5 — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1996)
     yyy~ Fresh Sound LP: RLP-215 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   

Crossreferences

For general information about the Two's Company dates, see notes under session dated December 15, 1960.


Date: January 23, 1961
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), 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)

a.5292   MasterI Only Have Eyes For You - 2:34  (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) / arr: Don Sebesky
b.5294   MasterSummertime - 3:11  (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) / arr: Don Sebesky
     ATLANTIC 45: 5014 — {Summertime / Lonesome Road}   (1961)
     ATLANTIC CD: 601-2 — Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song   (1989)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: 50510 110710 2 7 (England) — [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge Presents: The Jazz Singers   (2005)
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
     www~ Rhino CD: 5186551372 — [Various Artists] Happy Birthday, Nan   (2009)
c.5295   MasterThat's How It Went, All Right - 3:11  (Andre Previn, Dory Previn) / arr: Don Sebesky
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8049/SD-8049 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (1961)
     USA Government's "Basic Music Library" Series radio transcription: P 7569-7570 — [AFRS] Basic Music Library [LP Double Exposure]   (1961)
     ATLANTIC CS/LP: 7 90143 4/1 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson} (Jazzlore Series #21)   (1984)
     www~ Collectors' Choice CD: CCM 319-2 — Double Exposure {Chris Connor, Maynard Ferguson}   (2002)

Issues & Songs

1. Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song"
2. "Strike Up The Band"
Atlantic CD 601-2 correctly lists "Summertime" under this recording date, but incorrectly adds a live performance of "Strike Up The Band," whose correct date is instead September 13, 1959.


Crossreferences

For general details about the Double Exposure dates, see notes under session dated December 5, 1960.


Date: January 30, 1961
Location: New York City
Label: ROULETTE

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)

a.15650   MasterSomething's Coming - 6:41  (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
b.15651   MasterSend For Me - 2:38  (Ollie Jones)
     ROULETTE LP: (Japan) YS 8534 RO — Singin' In N.Y.   (1978)
c.15652   MasterI Feel A Song Coming On - 2:08  (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, George Oppenheimer)
d.15653   MasterDeep Song - 4:09  (Douglass Cross, George Cory)
     yyy~ Phonorama LP: PR 5642 — A Collection Of Maynard Ferguson And Chris Conner   (1983)
e.15654   MasterCan't Get Out Of This Mood - 2:45  (Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser)
     CAPITOL©EMI's Blue Note CS/CD: B4/B2 96583 — [Various Artists] Blue Vocals, Volume 2   (1992)
     CAPITOL CS/CD: 7243 8 32565 — [Various Artists] I Feel A Song Comin' On: Jimmy McHugh ("Capitol Sings" Series)   (1995)
All titles on:      ROULETTE LP: S/R-52068 — Two's Company ("The Birdland Series") {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1961)
     yyy~ Fresh Sound CD: FSR-CD 30 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1989)
     ROULETTE Jazz CD: 7243 8 37201 2 5 — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   (1996)
     yyy~ Fresh Sound LP: RLP-215 (Spain) — Two's Company {Maynard Ferguson, Chris Connor}   

Crossreferences

For general details about Two's Company dates, see notes under session dated December 15, 1960.


Date: December 11, 1961
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (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)

a.5857   MasterFree Spirits - 3:19  (Norman Mapp) / arr: Al Cohn
     ATLANTIC LP: 8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6521 — Free Spirits   (2004)
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: 50467 82702 (England) — [Various Artists] The Leopard Lounge: Music For A Bachelorette Pad    (2005)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
b.5858   MasterI'm Gonna Go Fishin' - 2:51  (Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee) / arr: Al Cohn
     ATLANTIC LP: 8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
c.5859   MasterOpportunity, Please Knock - 3:10  (Oscar Brown, Jr.) / arr: Al Cohn
     ATLANTIC 45: 5017 — {The Sweetest Sounds / Opportunity, Please Knock}   (1961)
     ATLANTIC LP: 8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6521 — Free Spirits   (2004)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d.5860   MasterAin't Nobody's Business If I Do  (Porter Grainger, Robert Graham Prince, Clarence Williams) / arr: Al Cohn
     unissued

Songs

1. "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do"
Atlantic's files identify master #5860 as "Nobody's Business." The master was never released. I am making the assumption that the song is actually "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do."


Personnel

1. Joe Newman
The trumpet solos on "Free Spirits" and "Opportunity Knocks" are played by Joe Newman.


Date: March 11, 1962
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Al Cohn (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)

a.6043   MasterThe Sweetest Sounds - 2:34  (Richard Rodgers) / arr: Al Cohn
     ATLANTIC 45: 5017 — {The Sweetest Sounds / Opportunity, Please Knock}   (1961)
     ATLANTIC LP: 82308 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1987)
     ATLANTIC CS/CD: 81817 4/2 — [Various Artists] The Ertegun's New York Cabaret Music   (1991)
b.6044   MasterLook No Further - 3:41  (Richard Rodgers) / arr: Al Cohn
c.6045   MasterNo Strings - 2:40  (Richard Rodgers) / arr: Al Cohn
d.6046   MasterNobody Told Me - 3:18  (Richard Rodgers) / arr: Al Cohn
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 1383/SD-1383 — [Various Artists] No Strings: An After-Theater Version {LaVern Baker, Chris Connor, Herbie Mannn, Bobby Short}   (1962)
     ATLANTIC©Warner CD: AMCY-1077 (Japan) — Free Spirits ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6714 — [Various Artists] No Strings: An After-Theater Version {LaVern Baker, Chris Connor, Herbie Mannn, Bobby Short}   (2004)

Issues

1. No Strings
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 recruited by Atlantic from its roster 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."


Dating

One source dates this session March 19, 1962. All other sources at hand give March 11, 1962 as the session's date.


Date: April 9, 1962
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (con), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Joe Newman, Clark Terry (t), George Duvivier (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.6094   MasterMilano - 3:21  (John Lewis, Margo Guryan) / arr: Al Cohn
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b.6095   MasterJump For Joy - 2:46  (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Sid Kuller) / arr: Al Cohn
     ATLANTIC LP: 8082 [UNRELEASED] — The Best Of Chris Connor   (1963)
     ATLANTIC©Victor CD: AMCY-1078 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor ("Ladies Sing Jazz" Series)   (1991)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
     ATLANTIC LP: MJ 7020 (Japan) — The Best Of Chris Connor   
c.6096   MasterGod Bless The Child - 3:01  (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Billie Holiday) / arr: Al Cohn
     www~ Rhino CD: 8122799391 (England) — Introducing Chris Connor   (2008)
d.6097   MasterLonely Woman - 4:04  (Ornette Coleman, Margo Guryan) / arr: Al Cohn
     ATLANTIC CS/LP/CD: 81706 / Box 81712 [released in 1990] — [Various Artists] Singers ("Atlantic Jazz" Series)    (1986)
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6521 — Free Spirits   (2004)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)

Songs

1. "Lonely Woman"
During an interview conducted in 2006, Chris Conor referrred to this song as "especially difficult." She further remarked that doing the song "was even revolutionary for jazz as an instrumental number. When I was at the Village Vanguard, there was a female songwriter, Margo Guryan. She brought me the music and asked me to sing Ornette's Lonely Woman with her lyrics. The lyrics were wonderful, and I was just preparing for the recording of Free Spirits, so I decided to try it out. Though it was difficult, the melody is very beautiful, and I am glad that I had the opportunity for such an adventurous challenge."

Songwriters

1. Gunther Schuller
2. "Lonely Woman"
According to an oral reports that I have not been able to confirm, the bridge of this performance of "Lonely Woman" was composed by Gunther Schuller.


Personnel

1. Clark Terry
The trumpet solo on "Milano" was played by Clark Terry.


Date: April 30, 1962
Location: New York
Label: ATLANTIC

Chris Connor (ldr), Nesuhi Ertegun (pdr), Al Cohn (con), Oliver Nelson (cl, ts), Phil Woods (cl, as), Sol Schlinger (bcl, bar), Irwin 'Marky' Markowitz, Joe Newman (t), George Duvivier (b), Ronnie Ball (p), Ed Shaughnessy (d), Chris Connor (v)

a.6186   MasterKansas City - 3:53  (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) / arr: Al Cohn
     www~ 32 Jazz CD: 32108 — Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years   (1999)
b.6187   MasterThings Are Swingin' - 2:27  (Peggy Lee, Jack Marshall) / arr: Al Cohn
c.6188   MasterNight Bird - 3:18  (Al Cohn, Kitty Malone) / arr: Al Cohn
d.6189   MasterDaydream - 3:02  (Duke Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn) / arr: Al Cohn
All titles on:      ATLANTIC LP: 8061/SD-8061 — Free Spirits   (1962)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 6521 — Free Spirits   (2004)
     www~ Collectables CD: COL 0403 — Chris Connor   (2006)



Bio-Discographical Notes: Chris Connor At Atlantic Records (1956-1962)



I. Chris Connor's Years At Atlantic Records

Along with Charles Mingus and The Modern Jazz Quintet, Chris Connor was one of three notable acts brought by manager Monte Kay to Atlantic Records around 1955. In 1956, albums by all three new Atlantic acts were released in the label's 1200 series, which concentrated on jazz-oriented work. Mingus would soon leave the label, but Connor and The Modern Jazz Quartet became Atlantic staples, with the successful quartet staying the longest (until the mid-1960s).

The triple recruitment was probably part of Atlantic's plan to create a roster of jazz artists under the supervision of Nesuhi Ertegun. (The label was hitherto known chiefly for its success with r&b vocalists, although it had actually been created as a jazz-oriented company, back in 1947.) "Nesuhi gave me total freedom," said Chris Connor in 2006, "and I could sing whatever I wanted to sing. Even when I was choosing musicians to perform with, I had the chance to perform with first rate musicians in the jazz field and to also work with wonderful arrangers such as Ralph Burns. It was a tremendous experience for me."

Atlantic Records was the recipient of Connor's most extensive recording activity throughout her career. From 1956 to 1962, she made a dozen solo albums for the label, many of them with jazz-oriented backing. About half of those albums appeared in the aforementioned 1200 series. The other half was issued in the 8000 series, which was primarily dedicated to material with popular or mass-market appeal (pop, r&b, rock'n'roll). There were various pop singles sessions as well. Two of those sessions generated minor Billboard hits. In 1956, the song "I Miss You So" reached the lower slots of the top 40, whereas "Trust In Me" was a top 100 hit in 1957.

Connor left Atlantic Records when she followed the advice of manager Kay, who wanted her to record on his own newly created label. For further details, see opening note in the Post-Atlantic page.

All known Atlantic issues by Connor are listed in this page, with the exception of Chris In Person, an album culled from a concert date. That album is instead listed in the page for Concert, Radio & Television Performances, September 13, 1959.


II. Chris Connor Plays Favorites

Asked in 2006 what her favorite Chris Connor albums were, the artist picked pieces from her Atlantic period. "You might be surprised at my first choice," she said, "but I would say, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. And then, Chris Connor, which was the first album I made with Atlantic, and Double Exposure, which I recorded with Maynard Ferguson. I like every album that I recorded with Atlantic, though these three are very special among them. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not is very broad in terms of selection of tunes. [...] Ralph Burns arranged the songs for our recording. I was so happy with his arrangements, and I'm still proud of our work. [...] Chris Connor is not only my favorite, but also my fans' favorite. It was great because John Lewis from The Modern Jazz Quintet, played piano for me. The album with Maynard Ferguson has songs [...] arranged by a young Don Sebesky. They still sound just as fresh today. [...] Don Sebesky was 22 years old back then. Also, the recording engineer was Phil Ramone, who would go on to win numerous Grammy Awards. You worked with such talented arrangers and engineers." Elsewhere, Connor has reiterated her fondness for the Atlantic period of her career, during which she herself picked (and, in some cases, discovered) the tunes that she recorded. See also comments under the first of the sessions dated January 29, 1959.

Asked in 2008 about her favorite Chris Connor numbers from selected Atlantic albums, the vocalist picked the following performances: "About The Blues," "All The Things You Are," "Driftwood," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Kansas City," "Lilac Wine," "Little Jazz Bird," "My Shining Hour," "When The Wind Was Green" and "You Stepped Out Of A Dream."


III. Unissued Atlantic Masters

According to a 1997 article written by Bill Holland and published in Billboard Magazine, it is unlikely that we will ever see the release of any unissued Atlantic material from the label's so-called golden era (1948-1969). In February 1978, a fire destroyed most of the unreleased masters, alternate takes, and session tapes that Atlantic Records was keeeping at a storage facility in Long Branch, New Jersey. The number of destroyed or damaged reel tapes is said to have been between five thousand and six thousand.


IV. Help Requested
Due to lack of information about the following albums, I have been unable to enter them in this discography. I would appreciate your help in tracking down the details missing. (Contact me at ivansantiagomercado@earthlink.net )


1. The Many Sides of Chris Connor (Victor/Atlantic 7070)
Missing: track listing, release year.

2. Chris Connor Sings Love And Sadness (Victor/Atlantic 7351)
Missing: track listing, release year.


Return To This Discography's First Page