Personnel includes: Etta Jones (vocals); Oliver Nelson (conductor, arranger, alto saxophone); Jerry Dodgion (alto saxophone); George Barrow, Bob Ashton (tenor saxophone); Joe Wilder (trumpet); Lloyd Mayers (piano); Wally Richardson (guitar); Bob Bushnell (bass); Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on Feburary 8 & 9, 1962. Originally released on Prestige (7214). Includes liner notes by Tom Wilson.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Etta Jones (vocals); Wally Richardson (guitar); Bob Ashton, George Barrow (strings, tenor saxophone); Oliver Nelson (alto saxophone); Joe Wilder (trumpet); Lloyd Mayers (piano); Ed Shaugnessy, Ed Shaughnessy (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Liner Note Author: Tom Wilson .
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (02/08/1962-02/09/1962); New Jersey (02/08/1962-02/09/1962).
Arranger: Oliver Nelson.
The sound of this release brings to mind a cross between Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline. Not a bad combination, and one that sounds remarkably fresh and invigorating long after its 1962 recording date. Here, Etta Jones' swinging singing is augmented with Oliver Nelson's attractive and distinctive arrangements. Wally Richardson's guitar is especially noteworthy in the rhythm section, while Nelson's use of horns and strings is as wonderful as ever. From the Heart is a lot of fun, a too-long-forgotten gem that takes the listener back to a more innocent time and provides the perfect setting for Etta Jones to display her vocal wares. ~ Jim Newsom