On September 25, 1998, veteran vocalist Teri Thornton tore up the Smithsonian's Baird Auditorium in Washington, D.C. with a performance that won the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Vocal Competition. It was a particularly sweet triumph for Thornton, who had seen her career go into eclipse for decades and had recently survived cancer. A new star all over again as the millennium approaches, Thornton first created a buzz nearly four decades earlier with this session, a collection intriguing in both its blend of standards and rare gems (including Bob Dorough's title track) and the already-mature power of Thornton's vocals. She is supported by a stunning small band featuring Basie, Ellington, and Miles Davis veterans. Arrangements are provided by Norman Simmons--who was also the piano accompanist on the night of her Monk Competition triumph.
with Clark Terry, Britt Woodman, Earl Warren, Selden Powell, Wynton Kelly, Freddie Greene, Sam Herman, Sam Jones, Jimmy Cobb