The absolute assurance that marked Etta Jones's singing throughout her career has never been on better display than in this album, where she transforms such unlikely material as "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" and "Some Enchanted Evening" into totally swinging jazz performances. She is equally commanding on the program's more familiar standards, and her rare vocal take on Duke Ellington's "The Gal from Joe's" is classic. Jones receives heartfelt support from two supporting groups, one of which successfully features the uncommon pairing of piano and organ. Kenny Burrell's guitar is spotlighted with both bands, Detroit pianist Kenny Cox (who would later lead the Contemporary Jazz Quintet) takes several lucid solos, Jerome Richardson's tenor tears up the Ellington tune, and Larry Young and Bucky Pizzarelli are among the other luminaries heard in the rhythm sections.
with Kenny Cox, Larry Young, Peck Morrison, Oliver Jackson, Kenny Burnell, Jerome Richardson, Sam Bruno, Ernest Hays, Bobby Donaldson, Bucky Pizzarelli, George Tucker, Jimmie Smith