Personnel: Lorez Alexandria (vocals); Ray Crawford (guitar); Paul Horn (flute, alto saxophone); Bud Shank (flute); Victor Feldman (piano, vibraphone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Al McKibbon (double bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Arranger: Bill Marx.
Lorez Alexandria has not received her due as a jazz singer, probably due in part to her long layoff from recording (11 years) for nationally distributed labels following these 1964 studio sessions for Impulse! But the vocalist is in top form throughout each of these three sessions, each with a different group of musicians. Her soulful singing also hints at her gospel background in places, though her clear enunciation, ability to swing, and touch of charm make her a delight to hear. Most of the arrangements are fairly concise, so the longer tracks shine just a bit brighter. Her swinging take of "Get Me to the Church On Time" is playful, while her soulfulness comes across in the snappy take of "I'm Through With Love," the latter featuring guitarist Ray Crawford. This is an excellent introduction to a fine vocalist worthy of much wider recognition. ~ Ken Dryden