Toni Harper - Lady Lonely, 1959





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Uploaded on Mar 8, 2010

Title song from Toni Harper's amazing 1959, with Marty Paich's orchestra. Arranged by Marty Paich.

Toni Harper's second album "Lady Lonely" is a fascinating piece of work - all of the album's songs were written by students of Hal Levy's song writing extension course at UCLA. The students chose the then 22 year old Toni Harper as their chanteuse.

Paich's orchestration of some of these student's songs are operatic in scale & lavish, while still retaining the soul of late-night jazz. The songs are filled with colorful orchestration, soaring strings & grand finishes.

It's to bad that Billie Holiday died not long before this album was released. I'm sure she would have added "Lady Lonely" to her repertory.

In 2004, RCA re-released the complete "Lady Lonely" onto CD. Unfortunately it was the mono edition of the album that was released, rather than its Living Stereo release, which too date is only available on out-of-print vinyl.

--"Lady Lonely". Written by Bert Stout & Paul Atkerson
--This recording: ©2004 RCA Victor.Sony Music Corp.

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