Down Beat (p.67) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Callaway has a fabulous instrument, as her dark, rich voice is flexible and supple enough to caress each word of 'Lazy Afternoon,' which draws the listener into a world in which every moment needs to be savored as long as possible."
JazzTimes (p.87) - "The musicians journey from the breezy restlessness of Joni Mitchell's 'Carey' and hazy satisfaction of 'Lazy Afternoon' to the vibrant, fiery, lovelorn plains of Chick Corea's 'Spain'..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Her laidback style affects a smooth presentation which is enhanced by her low frequency delivery and immense presence..."
Personnel: Ann Hampton Callaway (vocals); Jay Leonhart (vocals, upright bass); Rodney Jones (guitar); Mads Tolling (violin); Teodross Avery (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Marvin Stamm (flugelhorn); Wycliffe Gordon (trombone); Ted Rosenthal (piano); Victor Lewis (drums); Emedin Rivera (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Robert Friedrich.
Liner Note Author: Ann Hampton Callaway.
Recording information: Legacy Recording Studio A509, New York, NY (03/04/2008-03/07/2008).
Editor: Robert Friedrich.
Arrangers: Jay Leonhart; Ann Hampton Callaway; Ted Rosenthal; Bill Mays.
Veteran jazz/cabaret vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway has always had an eclectic approach to repertoire, and on AT LAST, her second album for the Telarc label, she continues to mix and match musical sources while her deft delivery and honeyed tones make it all sound of a piece. Callaway tackles tunes from the Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac songbooks on one hand, and takes on standards like "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Over the Rainbow" on the other, but somehow the seams never show.