Josef Woodard
June 19, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Here's to Life

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Shirley Horn
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A

On Here’s to Life Shirley Horn creates a dreamy, late-night affair, a valentine to such lesser-known but entrancing ballads as the Gershwins’ ”Isn’t It a Pity.” As both a vocalist of subtle graces and a pianist who knows the beauty of economy, Horn wows with understatement. And Johnny Mandel’s sumptuous arrangements, tastefully lined with strings, coat her velour textures without smothering them. A

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