A sizzling live performer, this compact disc includes a set of Phillips at her concert peak, as well as a bluesy studio session. King Curtis arranges and blows tenor on "Burnin'." Other personnel on these two albums include Jack Wilson, Herb Ellis and Onzy Matthews.
2 LPs on 1 CD: BURNIN' (1970)/CONFESSIN' THE BLUES (1975).
Personnel includes: "Little" Esther Phillips (vocals); Herb Ellis, Francois Vaz (guitar); Sonny Criss, Gabriel Baltazar, Raymond Triscari (alto saxophone); Teddy Edwards, Louis Ciotti, Ira Schulman (tenor saxophone); Jay Migliori (baritone saxophone); Robert Rolfe, Melvin Moore, Bill Clark, James Smith, Al Porcino (trumpet); Louis Blackburn, Richard Leith, Roland Myers, Peter Myers (trombone); Jack Wilson (piano, electric piano); Rodgers Grant (piano); Ike Isaacs, Victor Venegas (bass); Chuck Rainey (electric bass); Donald Bailey, Charles Grant (drums).
Producers include: Nesuhi Ertegun, King Curtis.
Engineers include: Jimmy Lockhart, Wally Heider.
Personnel: Esther Phillips (vocals); Francis Vaz, Herb Ellis (guitar); Cornell Dupree (electric guitar); Joe Gentle (flute); Gabe Baltazar, Ray Triscari, Sonny Criss (alto saxophone); Louis Ciotti, Ira Schulman, King Curtis, Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone); Jay Migliori (baritone saxophone); Robert Rolfe, Bill Clark , Joe Newman , Al Porcino, Melvin Moore, James Smith (trumpet); Richard Leith, Ron Myers, Peter Myers, Lou Blackburn (trombone); Jack Wilson (piano, keyboards); Rodgers Grant (piano); Richard Tee, Paul Griffin (organ); Donald Bailey , Charles Grant (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Leonard Feather; Ralph J. Gleason; Philip Elwood; Carmen McRae.
Arrangers: King Curtis; Onzy Matthews; Esther Phillips.
In 1999, Collectables released Burnin'/Confessin' the Blues, which contained two complete albums -- Burnin' (1970, originally released on Atlantic) and Confessin' the Blues (1976, originally released on Atlantic) -- by Esther Phillips on one compact disc. ~ Jason Birchmeier