Discriminating listeners tended to become admirers of Lucy Reed from the moment they first heard her intelligent, unaffected, pitch-perfect singing. Among them were Woody Herman and Charlie Ventura, who hired her to sing with their bands. Later, she turned down an offer from Duke Ellington because the travel would have threatened a stable life for her young son. Even though her two albums for Fantasy in the 1950s took her to a national audience, she stayed near home base in Chicago and never knew fame in proportion to her talent. In this 1957 collection, she sings with eight- and nine-piece bands led by George Russell and Gil Evans, two of the most important arrangers in jazz history, and a quintet arranged by pianist Eddie Higgins. It was a fine followup to her first Fantasy album, The Singing Reed (OJCCD-1777-2), a collaboration with pianist Bill Evans.
with Art Farmer, Barry Galbraith, Don Abney, Milt Hinton, George Russell, Jimmy Cleveland, Bill Pemberton, Gil Evans, Harry Lookofsky, Eddie Higgins, and others
Recorded in New York City and Chicago; January 1957.