The Best of Etta Jones: The Prestige Singles

The Best of Etta Jones: The Prestige Singles

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While Etta Jones could not be placed into the very top tier of jazz singers, she was a good one. And as this compilation draws 18 tracks from the most commercially and artistically successful phase of her career, it might be the best place to start for hearing her work. Recorded between 1960 and 1963, these did all happen to be released on singles, as the title indicates, though it's sometimes forgotten that there were still jazz tracks being issued as singles in the 1960s. Of course, the most popular of those was "Don't Go to Strangers," which actually made the pop Top 40 in 1960. Jones was a warm and versatile singer with a bit more appeal to pop listeners than most, usually backed by good small combos on this mixture of ballads and up-tempo material, though Oliver Nelson arranged and conducted the strings on a most adventurous, eccentric "Unchained Melody." More satisfying than the ballads, though, are the sassier, faster, and slightly bluesier outings, like "You Came a Long Way From St. Louis," "In the Dark," the sultry "The Gal From Joe's," and (again with Nelson's strings) "Just Friends." The cha cha pass at "Nature Boy" is good, too, with Kenny Burrell handling one of the guitars.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/02/2002
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218312127
catalogNumber: 11021
Rank: 55946

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta Jones   Primary Artist,Vocals
Phil Bodner   Reeds
Oliver Nelson   Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Flute,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Lem Winchester   Vibes
Larry Young   Organ
Patti Bown   Piano
Oliver Jackson   Drums
Lloyd Mayers   Piano
Richard Wyands   Piano
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Kenn Cox   Piano
Jimmy Neely   Piano
Skeeter Best   Guitar
George Duvivier   Bass
Ray Alonge   French Horn
Bob Ashton   Tenor Saxophone
George Barrow   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Arthur "Babe"Clarke   Reeds
Eric Dixon   Reeds
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Roy Haynes   Drums
Rudy Lawless   Drums
Peck Morrison   Bass
Michel Mulia   Bass
Charlie Persip   Drums
Wally Richardson   Guitar
Frank Wess   Flute
Jimmie Smith   Drums
Jerry Dodgion   Alto Saxophone
Sam Bruno   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Eddie Heywood   Composer
Oliver Nelson   String Arrangements
Irving Mills   Composer
John Benson Brooks   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Esmond Edwards   Liner Notes,Author
Redd Evans   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Kelly Owens   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Lillian "Lil" Green   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Dave Mann   Composer
Frank Churchill   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Dedette Lee Hill   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Larry Morey   Composer
John Klenner   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Howard Cook   Composer
Helen Deutsch   Composer
Bob Emmerich   Composer
Buddy Bernier   Composer

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