Entertainment Weekly - 10/8/93, p.55
"...This is the best album the legendary singer has made in 20 years. Hip, sunny and knowing...an album of rare cohesiveness and authority..." - Rating: A
Personnel includes: Anita O'Day (vocals).
The Jack Sheldon Orchestra includes: Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Buddy Bregman (conductor); Danny House (alto saxophone); Sal Lozano (alto & soprano saxophones); Jerry Pinter (tenor & soprano saxophone, clarinet); Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Wayne Bergeron, Ron King, Ron Stout, Stan Martin (trumpet); Bob Enevoldsen (trombone); Bob Sanders (bass trombone); Christian Jacob (piano); Jerry Peters (Hammond organ); Trey Henry (bass); Ray Brinker (drums); Roxanne R. Mayweather (background vocals).
Recorded at Sage and Sound Studio, Hollywood, California between March 29-30, 1993. Includes liner notes by James Gavin.
Personnel: Anita O'Day (vocals); Jack Sheldon (vocals, trumpet); Sal Lozano (flute, clarinet, saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Danny House (flute, clarinet, saxophone, alto saxophone); Brian Williams (clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jerry Pinter (clarinet, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Pete Christlieb (clarinet, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jerry Peters (clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ron King (trumpet, flugelhorn); Stan "Be Bop" Martin (trumpet, trombone); Wayne Bergeron, Ron Stout (trumpet); Gary Grant (flugelhorn); Bob Sanders (trombone, bass trombone); Alex Iles, Andy Martin, Bob Enevoldsen, Bob McChesney (trombone); Christian Jacob (piano); Ray Brinker (drums); Patty Holley, Roxanne R. Mayweather, Jean McClain (background vocals).
Audio Remixer: James Mooney.
Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
Recording information: Sage And Sound Studio, Hollywood, CA (03/29/1993/03/30/1993).
Photographer: William Claxton.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Christian Jacob; Sal Lozano; Alex Iles; Gary Grant; Danny House; Bob Sanders; Hank Soraine; Stan "Be Bop" Martin; Brian Williams ; Jack Sheldon; Jerry Pinter; Andy Martin; Pete Christlieb; Ray Brinker; Wayne Bergeron; Ron Stout; Trey Henry; Ron King; Bob Enevoldsen; Bob McChesney.
Arranger: Buddy Bregman.
This '93 session reunites O'Day with a big band for the first time in many years and also with Buddy Bregman, who produced her first Verve recording (the label's debut) in 1956. Her voice has deepened and perhaps lost some range and sheen in the upper register, but otherwise she is as fine a stylist as ever. O'Day's timing, pacing, and delivery on these 14 numbers are impressive; she builds tension, lets the band fill in the spaces and knows which lyrics to punctuate, stretch, or caress. Bregman's arrangements keep the band in the forefront without compromising O'Day's vocals. This may be conservative material, but it is done in a youthful, vibrant manner. ~ Ron Wynn