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Shirley Horn


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Horn, who died in 2005, was a jazz singer and pianist whose style’s watchword is “intimacy.” Her vocal manner is akin to Miles Davis’ trumpet style: not technically flashy, but definitively setting the song’s mood. Indeed, it was Davis who discovered Horn in 1960 and who became an admirer despite his well-known dislike of vocalists generally. Horn was never a big record-seller, but she was well-respected by her peers.

Shirley Horn is also known for her distinctly slow tempos and complete understanding of ‘space’ in her singing and piano playing. She was known to have commented her own accompaniment was due to the fact her singing style was so completely her own, it was hard for other players to follow her.


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  • versamare

    She's my thrill

    29 Apr 1:30am Reply
  • Slim_rafa


    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • stuntcat

    It's May 1st. Happy Birthday, Shirley Horn! ♥♫ ♪

    2 May 2014 Reply
  • stuntcat

    I am in LOVE with the sound of her voice ♪ <3 ♪♪ She's so amazing, just so beautiful.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Irenreinmerdok

    Great jazz singer!

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • liquiddatura

    Queen Latifah in jazz mode seems to have taken a lot of notes from Shirley Horn.

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • MarinaBertucci

    Why it's so hard to find her albuns?

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • referencement

    Probably my favorite Jazz Singer with Jeanne Lee and Eva Carlson.

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • MarinaBertucci

    Shirley's voice is out of this world. I love it.

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • xrayspex78

    One of the finest. Listened to her 1000 times or more according to iTunes. She is so mysterious and enigmatic. The music, it just does something to you. She's magical! Thanks for the magic Shirley, I'll always remember you.

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Mbuti3

    I'm listening "I remember miles" and her voice is like Diana Krall's voice. She talk about Miles Davis in his biography "Miles Davis Story" and the last song in this film is "you won't forget me", brilliant voice and musician.

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • noiresque


    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • nedersong

    Better day today

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • Artur_Alexander

    i'd say it's weird to be born and die in the same city.

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • vibe46

    I listened to her a lot while I was painting and I think I wore out the cd from the library.

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • blogmeridian

    Listening to "You Won't Forget Me," with Miles Davis on trumpet: the perfect match of singer and soloist.

    28 Jul 2009 Reply
  • dravegigger

    i hate the beatles, but Shirley`s version of Yesterday is a work of genius.

    7 Jul 2009 Reply
  • lu_kas

    come a little closer :)

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • Skot2526

    I just discovered her today. I'm floored. I'm so surprised that I has never heard her name before. I'm definately buying her cd's.

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • musicwave1

    > Here's to Life < one of my favorite CDs

    13 Sep 2008 Reply
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