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A Lazy Afternoon


Download links and information about A Lazy Afternoon by Shirley Horn. This album was released in 1978 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 9 tracks with total duration of 42:23 minutes.

Artist: Shirley Horn
Release date: 1978
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 9
Duration: 42:23
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No. Title Length
1. I'm Old Fashioned 2:44
2. There's No You 6:16
3. New York's My Home 2:48
4. Why Did I Choose You? 6:15
5. Take A Little Time to Smile 3:01
6. A Lazy Afternoon 4:54
7. Gentle Rain 9:58
8. Gra'ma's Hands 3:11
9. I'll Go My Way by Myself 3:16



One of a series of recordings that helped Shirley Horn relaunch her career after taking time off to raise her daughter, A Lazy Afternoon is a fine studio set with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart. An always effective vocalist who provided her own top-notch accompaniment on piano, Horn's almost conversational style of singing works very well whether she is swinging an oldie like "I'm Old Fashioned" or delivering a lush, infectious interpretation of a ballad like "A Lazy Afternoon." In addition to well-known material, she uncovers lost gems like Gordon Jenkins' "New York's My Home" (delivered in a narrative-like style that has a funky flavor) and Peggy Lee's neglected swinging song "Take a Little Time to Smile." The one instrumental is an extended workout of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Gentle Rain." If there's a weak track on the date, it is Bill Withers' "Gra'ma's Hands," as even her best effort at casting it in a slow blues-gospel arrangement doesn't overcome the repetitious nature of the composition, a frequent problem with adapting Withers' work into a jazz setting.