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Album Review

After a nearly 40-year hiatus, Teri Thornton is back to swing and sing her way into your heart. In comparison to her old Riverside recordings, it seems she's lost nothing vocally, her angelic clarity and soulful vibrato are intact, and her enthusiasm is still spiking depth charts. She's backed by her own piano on four cuts, and the able Ray Chew on the others, save Norman Simmons for the sole live-in-concert finale (she and Simmons are credited) with bassist Lonnie Plaxico, alto sax and flute master Jerome Richardson, trombonist Dave Bargeron, multi-instrumentalist Howard Johnson, and drummer J.T. Lewis. At her best on ballads, blues, and upbeat swingers, Thornton proves she really can do it all. Her rippling Ella-cum-Sarah chords are unfettered on a rousing live "Salty Mama" with Grady Tate (drums) and Michael Bowie (bass). The funky blues is all right with Thornton on "Feels Good." A showstopper, "Knee Deep in the Blues," and the faded in and out bossa "Wishing Well" are from her pen. The most unusual arrangement by producer Suzi Reynolds of "Nature Boy" has no discernible time signature. It's kinetic but seems to float, Plaxico punctuating but never seeming to ever hit one. Richardson's great flute work and Bargeron and Johnson's background horns play inquisitive mind games, quite a challenging listen. She sings the ballads "Somewhere in the Night," "Where Are You Running?," and the title cut immaculately — not kitten soft but forcefully pronounced. She's boppin' on "It Ain't Necessarily So" and adapts "The Lord's Prayer" in a modal vein, Chew's piano chordally searching for deliverance, and she really shines instrumentally on "I'll Be Seeing You" in a fashion that rivals Shirley Horn. There is a definitive song, "I Believe in You," with a great lyric that seems to sum up the influence of a certain someone who has helped Thornton through her battles with cancer and the constant yin-yang of raising a family for these past four decades. Teri Thornton is emphatically back with this complete view of an artist, finally giving us a taste of what we've suspected lo these many years. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

This Music Will Speak to Your Soul

I think that this is my favorite jazz vocal album ever. I know that is saying alot. How can it be better than Sarah, Ella, Billie, etc.? Maybe not better, but it is definately on par with all of those. I got exposed to her because my brother was working for her record company. I don't know if I would have found her otherwise. But, seriously, listen to this album. Tragically, she died not too long after this came out. But I promise you if you bring your pain, heartache, and whatever other emotion you have with you to this album, you will be rewarded. She was a classic and she will be missed.

beautiful moments

This CD has many beautiful moments -- especially Nature Boy. (I don't know what the reviewer was thinking on that one. It has a time signature! 3/4!) In any case, Thornton's voice has hardened from her earlier days... I have and really enjoy her Devil May Care on CD. Try to get your hands on some of her early stuff. But it was wonderful to see her honored at this point in her life for all the dues she paid.

Biography

Born: September 1, 1934 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '90s

Jazz singer Teri Thornton was a favorite of critics in the '60s and after a three decade-long year hiatus, returned to performing in the '90s amid critical acclaim. She's best known for singing "Somewhere in the Night," the theme of detective TV series The Naked City, starring Paul Burke. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she began performing in local jazz clubs in the '50s. Moving to New York in '60s, she got into singing on national ad jingles and recorded for different record labels. On her Devil May...
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I'll Be Easy to Find, Teri Thornton
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Vocal Jazz, Vocal
  • Released: Oct 12, 1999

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