A Soulful Sunday - Live at the Left Bank (Remastered) Etta Jones feat. The Cedar Walton Trio
- 1Love Story: Love Story: Love Story10:07
- 2Vernon Welsh Intro00:34
- 4This Guy's in Love with You06:30
- 5If You Could See Me Now04:15
- 6For All We Know04:41
- 7Exactly Like You05:04
- 8You Better Go Now03:16
- 9Blow Top Blues05:22
- 10Love Nest04:22
- 11Don't Go to Strangers06:32
Info for A Soulful Sunday - Live at the Left Bank (Remastered)
A Soulful Sunday: Live at the Left Bank is the very first official release of this recording by jazz vocalist Etta Jones. Jones flew in from Chicago, IL just before this set began at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore, MD with Cedar Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums, and provided instant enjoyment for the crowd gathered on Sunday, February 27, 1972.
A Soulful Afternoon, along with Cannonball Adderley Swingin' in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967), are the first two releases from the newly-formed Reel to Real Records launched by saxophonist Cory Weeds and producer Zev Feldman focused on important archival jazz releases.
"A great and permanently underrated jazz singer." (Ben Ratliff, The New York Times).
Etta Jones, vocals
Cedar Walton, piano
Sam Jones, double bass
Billy Higgins, drums
Recorded live at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore, MD on February 27, 1972. Presented by the Left Bank Jazz Society
Mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios in Hollywood
One of the most beloved vocalists in jazz, Etta Jones (1928-2001) was a soulful singer with a subtle and bluesy style.
Etta Jones started her career early, touring with Buddy Johnson’s band when she was 16 and debuting on records in 1944 with Barney Bigard. She also worked with Stuff Smith, J.C. Heard, and Earl Hines (1952-1953). Jones had her breakthrough in 1960 when she recorded “Don’t Go to Strangers” on the first in a string of rewarding albums for Prestige.
The recording Don’t Go to Strangers set the pattern for many of Etta Jones’s recordings. Joined by a rhythm section and a strong soloist (Frank Wess on tenor and flute), Jones digs into standards, blues, and ballads, showing the influence of Billie Holiday while also displaying her own personality on such numbers as “Fine and Mellow,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “All The Way.” Both Holler! and Something Nice have her joined by tenor saxophonist Oliver Nelson and vibraphonist Lem Winchester on some numbers while So Warm features Jones’s voice surrounded by a string section arranged by Oliver Nelson. From the Heart is another partial collaboration with Nelson that includes four more selections with strings but also six with a four-piece rhythm section. Jones’s renditions of “You Came a Long Way from St. Louis” and “The Masquerade Is Over” are standouts. Lonely and Blue has Jones interacting with either Gene Ammons or Budd Johnson on tenors while Love Shout features Jones backed by organist Larry Young and guitarist Kenny Burrell on the majority of the selections. Summing up this era quite well is The Prestige Singles, which features Jones’s most popular numbers from the 1960-1963 period.
In 1968 Etta Jones started appearing regularly with her close friend tenor saxophonist Houston Person, a musical partnership that lasted during her remaining 33 years of performances, tours, and recordings.