Dirty Linen - 4-5/99, p.77
"...Odetta still has the power to mesmerize with her inimitable voice and engaging stage presence."
Living Blues - 5-6/99, p.106
"...[a] polished and professional style of folk music..."
Personnel includes: Odetta (vocals).
Producer: Murray Krugman.
Engineer: Pedro Guitierrez.
Recorded at The Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerville, Vermont.
Personnel: Odetta (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Chas Eller.
Liner Note Author: Odetta.
Recording information: Kerrville Folk Festival; Kerryville Folk Festival.
Photographers: Lela Perry; Joanne Savio.
Released just before Odetta's 68th birthday and dedicated to Ella Fitzgerald, who in retrospect seems to have been quite a large influence on Odetta's singing style, TO ELLA is a complex and fascinating album. Opening with the proud and touching "Black Woman," TO ELLA quickly becomes not only a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald but to women everywhere, in the tradition of some of Odetta's previous anthems of solidarity. "The Fox," "Old Lady Sally," and a heartbreaking reading of "Amazing Grace" complete the picture, but the album's centerpiece is among Odetta's most remarkable accomplishments. A lengthy suite combining stunning rearrangements of the folk standards "Red Clay Country," "Another Man Done Gone," and "No More Cane on the Brazos" with the complementary "Ancestors I: 900 Miles," the overall effect is something like an American version of Shirley and Dolly Collins' equally ambitious suites.