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A Song for You
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Album: A Song for You
# Song Title   Time
1)    This Can't Be Love
2)    Song for You, A
3)    Make Someone Happy
4)    Skylark
5)    Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, A
6)    Candy
7)    Day by Day
8)    For All We Know
 

Album: A Song for You
# Song Title   Time
1)    This Can't Be Love
2)    Song for You, A
3)    Make Someone Happy
4)    Skylark
5)    Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, A
6)    Candy
7)    Day by Day
8)    For All We Know
 
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  • Personnel: Ernestine Anderson (vocals); Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Lafayette Harris, Jr. (piano); Chip Jackson (bass instrument, bass guitar); Willie Jones III (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Katherine Miller.
  • Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
  • Recording information: Bennett Studios, Engelwood, NJ (04/09/2008); Studio X, Seattle, WA (04/09/2008).
  • Author: Todd Barkan.
  • Photographer: Alan Nahigian.
  • It is hard to believe that Ernestine Anderson was within a few months of her eightieth birthday at the time of this 2008 session, but she shows the wisdom of a veteran vocalist in her interpretations of this collection of standards, ballads, and pop songs, often proving that less is indeed more. Well complemented by tenor saxophonist Houston Person (who was an important presence on so many of the late vocalist Etta Jones' albums), pianist LaFayette Harris, bassist Chip Jackson, and drummer Willie Jones, Anderson sings with a confidence that makes each song sound like a first take. She masters the catchy midtempo setting of "Make Someone Happy," a piece often played painfully slow in order to get a sense of drama, but her upbeat treatment is a fine alternative. She knows how to sing a ballad, demonstrated in her richly textured and soulful rendition of the timeless "Skylark." She is equally at home with pop material like Leon Russell's "A Song for You" and her superb, very deliberate take of "Candy," with soulful fills inserted by Person. This is a potent effort by a singer who remains very much in her prime. ~ Ken Dryden
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (p.102) - "The beauty of Anderson's dusky magic is its simplicity. No big gestures, no flashy flourishes -- nothing but pure, and delightfully mature, showmanship set against superbly relaxed backing..."
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