Recording information: Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerl (07/11/1975-07/12/1989); The Montreux Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerlan (07/11/1975-07/12/1989); Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerl (07/15/1993); The Montreux Casino, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerlan (07/15/1993).
Director: Claude Nobs.
Etta James was one of the best singers of her generation -- in any style. In many ways James resembled a female Ray Charles in her unerring ability to tackle (and sometimes combine) all of the strands of American popular music, from rock & roll to R&B, blues, country, gospel, jazz, and pure pop and soul, while still maintaining a distinct feel and sound that was all her own, and she did this throughout a five-decade career that was astounding for its consistency. This archival release features James in appearances she made at Montreux in 1975 (three songs, including a version of Elmore James' "Dust My Broom"), 1977 (a medley of "At Last," "Trust in Me," and "A Sunday Kind of Love"), 1989 ("Sugar on the Floor"), and 1993 (six songs, including one of her signature tunes, "I'd Rather Go Blind"), showing a glimpse of this iconic and dynamic performer in action in front of appreciative audiences. ~ Steve Leggett