Chris Connor – Lonely Woman (1962)

Chris Connor: The album “Free Spirits” features a collection of songs by various jazz musicians. They were arranged by Al Cohn. “Lonely Woman” was especially difficult. It was even revolutionary for jazz as an instrumental number. When I was at the Village Vanguard, there was a female songwriter, Margo Guryan. She brought me the music and asked me to sing Ornette Coleman‘s “Lonely Woman” with her lyrics. The lyrics were wonderful, and I was just preparing for the recording of “Free Spirits,” so I decided to try it out. Though it was difficult, the melody is very beautiful, and I am glad that I had the opportunity for such an adventurous challenge. [Source]

[Dedicated with awe and respect to Margo Guryan]

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  1. Margo Guryan: Gunther Schuller and John Lewis (MJQ) gave me Ornette’s song to write words for. Ornette’s bridge was just blowing, so I tried to use some of his “free” lines in that section. I didn’t want it to sound like two people had composed this portion. It worked!

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