South Carolina-born vocalist Etta Jones made her first record in 1944 at the age of 16 and continued to record prolifically for over a half century. The blues ballad "Don't Go to Strangers" was her signature song; recorded in 1960 with an all-star jazz combo, the single went all the way to No. 5 on Billboard's r&b chart, as well as to No. 36 on the magazine's list of pop best-sellers. On the album, her first of seven for Prestige Records. Jones also renders "Fine and Mellow," the blues classic by Billie Holiday, Jones's major stylistic influence. The singer, LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) comments in the original album notes, "has that innate care that enables her to make great beautiful slurs with her lyrics and still sound clear as a bell."
with Frank Wess, Richard Wyands, Skeeter Best, George Duvivier, Roy Haynes