Etta Jones, one of the jazz's reigning vocalists at the time of her death in October 2001, was well on her way during the productive period she spent on Prestige Records four decades earlier. She sang a full spectrum of material, and created the kind of hookup with her accompanists that were essential features of the recordings of Jones's idol Billie Holiday. Three ensembles support her efforts here. An unjustly obscure quartet appears on five tracks, including such diverse gems as the rock-era ballad "Looking Back" and the super-hip "Reverse the Charges" (originated on a 1942 date by vocalist Sonny Boy Williams with co-composer Freddie Webster on trumpet). The blue-ribbon trio returns from Jones's hit LP Don't Go to Strangers (OJC-298) on four standards, joined by Lem Winchester and Oliver Nelson, while "Nature Boy" features a two-guitar sextet also heard on Love Shout (OJC-941).
with Wally Richardson, Jimmy Neeley, Michael Mulia, Rudy Lawless, Oliver Nelson, Lem Winchester, Richard Wyands, George Duvivier, Roy Haynes, Jerome Richardson, Kenny Burrell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Sam Bruno, Ernest Hayes, Bobby Donaldson