Personnel: Nancy Wilson (vocals); Joe Pass (guitar); Benny Carter (reeds); Paul Horn (saxophone); George Shearing (piano); Ron Carter (bass instrument); Grady Tate, Shelly Manne (drums).
The Music for Lovers series from EMI and Blue Note spotlights the balladic nature and romantic side of artists who have recorded for its associated labels. Nancy Wilson may not get her due as a jazz vocalist, but as a romantic balladeer she has few peers, with a voice that communicates romance and sensuality. The 12 selections come from her best albums, including 1961's The Swingin's Mutual! (with the George Shearing Quintet), Yesterday's Love Songs/Today's Blues from 1963, and But Beautiful from 1969. ~ John Bush