To anyone not familiar with the great (RIP), Shirley Horn. it’s not too late. Miles Davis named her his favorite singer-pianist. Shirley is a perfect timing master and understood, as did Miles, the importance of attenuation, the space between notes. Here is one such example. My favorite selection, If you go. Listen with absolute attention and witness a master at the height of her artistry.

 

 

 

 

(If you should go, if you should leave him alone
There’ll be no spring or birds to sing
There’d be no sun to shine on him)
If you go, if you love me no more
If I know that you want me no more
Then the sun would lose its light
And day turns into night
Night without stars
Deep night without stars

If you go, if you leave me alone
If I know you’re no longer my own
Winter would replace the spring
The birds no more would sing
This cannot be, stay here with me
My heart would die I know
If you should go

(Orchestral Break)

Winter would replace the spring
The birds no more would sing
This cannot be, oh, stay here with me
My heart would die I know
If you should go