Claire Austin is one footnote in jazz history worth hearing again. Her rich tone and natural phrasing are a bit reminiscent of Peggy Lee on the ten torch songs she recorded in 1955 with a quintet that blended the traditional conception of Bob Scobey's trumpet with more modern strains from guitarist Barney Kessel and the rhythm section. This CD also includes eight bonus tracks that appeared on Claire Austin Sings the Blues, an extremely rare 1954 10-inch album where she takes a more earthy approach, with support from trombonist Kid Ory and his rhythm section.
When Your Lover Has Gone, Can't We Talk It Over, My Melancholy Baby, I'll Never Be the Same, Lover Come Back to Me, The House is Haunted, I'm Thru with Love, Someone to Watch Over Me, Come Rain or Come Shine, What is This Thing Called Love? plus CD bonus tracks The World's Jazz Crazy, Down Hearted Blues, See See Rider, Good Time Flat Blues, Careless Love, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, Mecca Flat Blues, 'Fore Day Creep
with Bob Scobey, Barney Kessel, Stan Wrightsman, Morty Corb, Shelly Manne, Kid Ory, Don Ewell, Ed Garland, Minor Hall