This collection opens and closes with two of Nancy Wilson's signature songs. In between, she sings 12 more songs of lost love with poignancy and not a hint of melodrama. Drawn from 13 different albums spanning 1959 to 1968, Wilson delivers one stunning performance after another with accompaniment by Cannonball Adderley, Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Jones, and Billy May, among others.
Personnel: Nancy Wilson (vocals); John Michael Gray, John Gray (guitar); Ann Mason Stockton, Catherine Gotthoffer (harp); Gerald Vinci, Mischa Russell, James Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Erno Neufeld, Benny Gill, Jacques Gasselin, Louis Kaufman, Lou Raderman, Ambrose Russo, Albert Steinberg, Edward Bergman, Lou Haderman, Dan Luse, Dan Lube, Marshall Sosson, Sidney Sharp, Victor Arno, Walter Edelstein, Samuel Boghossian (violin); Sanford Schonbach, Louis Kievman, Frederick Soykora, Alvin Dinkin, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski (viola); Nathan Fershman, Nino Rosso, David Pratt, Armand Karpoff, Williams Vandenberg, Leporte Lucien, Justin DiTullio, Igor Roroshevsky, Anne Goodman, Raphael Kramer, Frederick Seykora (cello); Bob Hardaway (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, English horn); Ted Nash (flute, clarinet); Lew McCreary (reeds, trombone); Jules Jacob, Bill Green , William Calkins, Bill Green (reeds); Chuck Gentry, Harry Klee, Willie Smith, Bill Hood, Wilbur Schwartz (saxophone); John Fowler, Ray Triscari, John Audino (trumpet); David Duke , Henry DeRosa, Dwight Carver, Willie Ruff, Richard Mackey (French horn); Lew McReary, Vern Friley, Joe Howard, Tommy Pederson , Ernie Tack (trombone); George Shearing, Jack Wilson , Lou Levy (piano); Chuck Berghofer, George Duvivier, Ralph Pena, Sam Jones, Joe Comfort, Buster Williams (bass instrument); Bill Plummer (bass guitar); Dick Garcia, John Collins, Herb Ellis, Jack Marshall, Al Hendrickson (guitar); Harry Bluestone (violin); Justin Gordon (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone); Abe Most (flute, clarinet); Bill Perkins, Buddy Collette (reeds, saxophone); Paul Horn (reeds); Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Don Fagerquist, Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Nat Adderley (cornet); Henry Sigismonti, Vincent DeRosa (French horn); Phillip Teele (trombone); Donn Trenner (piano, harpsichord); Joe Zawinul, Milt Raskin, Ronnell Bright (piano); Mike Melvoin (organ); Eddie Costa (vibraphone); Earl Palmer , Louis Hayes, Shelly Manne, Stan Levey, Kenny Dennis, Walter Bolden (drums); Larry Bunker (timpani, percussion); Emil Richards (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/11/1960-04/02/1968).
Photographer: George Jerman.
Arrangers: George Shearing; Sid Feller; Jimmy Jones ; Oliver Nelson; Billy May.
The title track here--a certifiable vocal jazz classic which finds Nancy Wilson unfurling the narrative of Grand and Boyd's composition with exquisite sensitivity and heartbreaking nuance--is alone worth the price of the album. But with songs like "When Sunny Gets Blue" and the conversational, melancholic "You Can Have Him," the rest of the collection is a winner from start to finish. Wilson is backed by combos (which feature musicians like George Shearing, Cannonball Adderley, and Joe Zawinul) and orchestras (arranged and conducted by the likes of Oliver Nelson and Billy May), but it is her voice and her peerless delivery that captivate and thrill.