The stunning Light Out of Darkness is at once Shirley Horn's loving tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a stylistic departure from the introspective jazz balladry she's known for, and a journey into the world of R&B. Horn and her trio swing hard on these tracks, and the organic R&B tinged jazz arrangements absolutely simmer, with Horn singing, playing piano, and Hammond B-3 organ. Her distinctive sultry and smoky vocals are bluesy and conversational, similar in approach to Charles'. Horn's masterly chord cluster style of piano playing punctuates her every vocal phrase.
Personnel: Shirley Horn (vocals, piano, organ); Gary Bartz (alto saxophone); Charles Ables (guitar, bass); Tyler Mitchell (bass); Steve Williams (drums); The Hornettes (background vocals).
Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York, from April-May 1993.
1.Hit the Road Jack (Percy Mayfield) (3:11)
2.Just a Little Lovin' (Eddy Arnold, Zeke Clements)(4:07)
3.You Don't Know Me (Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker) (2:58)
4.Drown in My Own Tears (Henry Glover) (5:04)
5.Hard Hearted Hannah (Milton Ager, Bob Bigelow)(3:36)
6.Georgia on My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell)(5:20)
7.Makin' Whoopee (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)(3:54)
8.Green (It's Not Easy Being Green) (3:16)
9.Bye Bye Love (Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant)(5:26)
10.The Sun Died (Ray Charles) (5:39)
11.How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)(4:01)
12.If You Were Mine (Jimmy Lewis)(3:25)