Live recording in San Francisco nightclubs during 1959 and '60 yielded such marvelous results for Riverside Records as The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco (OJC-035), cut at the Jazz Workshop, and Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two at the Blackhawk (OJC-305). The names of singer Bev Kelly and the Coffee Gallery are hardly as illustrious, yet Kelly's belief in the results that would follow from documenting her sets at this obscure Bay Area room produced an album of lasting value. Interpreting standards at a range of tempos, Kelly displays roots in Anita O'Day's style together with a more intimate delivery. She receives responsive support from alto saxophonist Pony Poindexter and pianist Flip Nunez, two musicians who (like Kelly) deserved far wider recognition.
with Pony Poindexter, Flip Nunez, Johnny Allen, Tony Johnson