It takes some singers decades to attain the maturity that Etta Jones displayed early in her career. It is this strong sense of self that allowed Jones to triumph relatively early on in this "with strings" setting, which could be considered a response to her idol Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin. The Holiday influence is indeed present, particularly when Jones sings songs associated with Lady Day like "You Better Go Now" and "If You Were Mine"; yet these performances also reveal that Jones already had her own soulful take on this bittersweet material. The album is also marked by her excellent tune choices, including "Unchained Melody," "I'm Through with Love," and "Hurry Home," as well as the initial string orchestrations of the great arranger Oliver Nelson.
with Joe Singer, Richard Berg, Mal Waldron, George Duvivier, Bill English, Ray Alonge, Arthur Clarke, Jerome Richardson, Phil Bodner, Eric Dixon, Charlie Persip