People like Barbara Lea are one reason the concept "jazz singer" is so hard to pin down. While clearly a product of the pop and show tune world, Lea has a relaxed delivery and natural phrasing that recall Lee Wiley, plus excellent taste in material and an ability to fit comfortably into a mainstream instrumental context. These traits, which have been displayed more recently in the revived career of Rosemary Clooney, worked for Lea in 1956, with an assist from trumpeter Johnny Windhurst and his quintets. This CD includes, as bonus tracks, one very different alternate take ("I Feel at Home with You") plus the previously-on-45-only "A Straw Hat Full of Lilacs."
with Johnny Windhurst, Dick Cary, Richard Lowman, Al Hall, Osie Johnson, Al Casamenti