Personnel: Etta Jones (vocals); Budd Johnson, Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Patti Bown (piano); Wally Richardson (guitar); George Duvivier, Art Davis (bass); Ed Shaugnessy, Walter Perkins (drums).
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 6 and 13, 1962. Originally released on Prestige (7241). Includes original liner notes by Robert Levin.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley).
Personnel: Etta Jones (vocals); Wally Richardson (guitar); Bud Johnson, Gene Ammons, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Patti Bown (piano); Walter Perkins, Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Robert Levin.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (04/06/1962-05/04/1962).
Unknown Contributor Roles: George Duvivier; Ed Shaugnessy; Patti Bown; Art Davis ; Ed Shaughnessy; Wally Richardson; Budd Johnson.
Singer Etta Jones often recalls late-period Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington on her CD reissue of Lonely and Blue. The first 11 songs find her accompanied by tenor-saxophonist Budd Johnson on four of the songs, guitarist Wally Richardson on seven, and the Patti Bown Trio throughout; the final three numbers (bonus tracks), are actually from a date led by tenor great Gene Ammons and are among the highlights of this set. But overall, despite some fine performances (particularly "You Don't Know My Mind" and "Trav'lin Light"), Jones' lack of individuality at that point in time makes this CD of less importance than her later sets for Muse. ~ Scott Yanow