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Etta Jones/Houston Person: The Way We Were

Track List

>Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
>Way We Were, The
>Deed I Do
>Please Send Me Someone to Love
>Fine and Mellow
>Oh, Lady Be Good
>Somewhere in My Lifetime
>I Could Have Danced All Night
>What a Wonderful World
>Ma, He's Makin' Eyes at Me
>Don't Go to Strangers
>I'll Be Seeing You

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (p.66) - "She mirrors Louis Armstrong's childlike elation on 'What a Wonderful World,' unravels a marvelously free-spirited 'I Could Have Danced All Night' and closes with a cozy 'I'll Be Seeing You'..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Stan Hope (piano); Chip White (drums).

Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.

Recording information: Tri-C Jazz Festival, Cleveland, OH (04/15/2000).

Photographer: R. Andrew Lepley.

Etta Jones could flat-out sing, and she never failed to make the blues, jazz, and Great American Songbook standards she sang her own, especially in her many collaborations with tenor saxophonist Houston Person, who was as sympathetic a player as any singer could ever hope for -- Jones and Person simply clicked and understood each other as a duo. This joyous set was recorded live April 15, 2000 (a little more than a year away from Jones' death in the fall of 2001) at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, and features Jones and Person with the help of pianist Stan Hope, bassist George Kaye, and drummer Chip White. Jones sings with vitality and poise, transforming Gershwin's "Oh, Lady Be Good" from a jazz standard into a flowing blues, making old chestnuts like "What a Wonderful World" and "Don't Go to Strangers" shine anew with a poignant wisdom. This set is both a pleasant listen and a fun archival recording -- it captures Jones and Person at their best in front of a nimble and flexible rhythm section. ~ Steve Leggett


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