- Released: April 25, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Concord Records
- 1.Body And Soul
- 2.Time After Time
- 4.Spring Is Here
- 5.I'm Just A Lucky So And So
- 6.I Remember Clifford
- 8.Old Folks
- 9.Wait Till You See Him
- 10.Taint Nobody's Bizness If I Do
- 11.I Should Care
- 12.Some Other Time
Personnel includes: Ernestine Anderson (vocals); Marshal Royal (alto saxophone); Red Holloway, Frank Wess (tenor saxophone); Monty Alexander (piano, electric piano); Hank Jones, George Shearing, Gene Harris, Larry Fuller (piano); Ed Bickert (guitar); Ray Brown, Lynn Seaton, Neil Swainson (bass); Jeff Hamilton, Harold Jones, Gerryck King, Frank Gant, Jimmie Smith (drums).
Recorded between 1979 and 1990. Includes liner notes by Scott Yanow.
Personnel: Ernestine Anderson (vocals); Ed Bickert (guitar); Marshall Royal (alto saxophone); Red Holloway (tenor saxophone); Gene Harris, George Shearing, Hank Jones , Monty Alexander (piano); Frank Gant, Gerryck King, Jeff Hamilton , Jimmie Smith , Harold Jones (snare drum).
Recording information: 08/01/1979-08/01/1990.
Though Ernestine Anderson is best known for her sassy and upbeat interpretations, Ballad Essentials gathers some of her finest renditions of ballads like "Body and Soul," "Spring Is Here," "Summertime," and "T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." A welcome look at some of her more underrated performances. ~ Heather Phares