Personnel: Billie Poole (vocals); Junior Mance (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Mickey Roker (drums).
Recorded in 1962.
Personnel: Billie Poole (vocals); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Junior Mance (piano); Mickey Roker (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
Recording information: Plaza Sound Studios, New York, NY (1962).
Photographers: Ed Michel; Peter Oliver.
This CD brings back the second of two Riverside albums cut by singer Billie Poole. Other than a single from a few years earlier, the two sets were Poole's entire recording legacy. Poole was an expressive singer who felt most comfortable on blues-oriented material. For this date, she was assisted by an unbeatable rhythm section (guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Junior Mance, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker) and performed mostly vintage material, with a few more recent songs added for variety. Poole sounds fine on such tunes as "Confessin' the Blues," "Stormy Weather," "Alone Together," and even "God Bless the Child." ~ Scott Yanow