Shirley Horn is one of the greatest singers of a legendary generation who is still alive. No excessive adornment, no beating around the bush, she just gets out there and sings with a clear and warm voice. The whole of it sounds very candid. In addition, Horn is also a very talented pianist. After college, she formed her first trio in '54. Fairly soon she received support from Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, who were both big fans. Miles Davis was so impressed that he even sent for her to come to New York for a show in the Village Vanguard. After three albums in the early sixties, she chose to start a family and to put her musical career on the back burner for a while. Luckily, she returned in the early eighties - her comeback was a historic North Sea Jazz concert!- and started recording again. She experienced her real breakthrough to the general public when she started making albums for Verve, like I Love You Paris and I Remember Miles. Two years ago she made quite an impression with the gorgeous You're My Trill, for which the singer renewed her collaboration with composer and arranger Johnny Mandel. After all, it was he who had also assisted her on her ode to life Here's to Life in '91, which spent seventeen weeks at number one on the Billboard Jazz chart.