Etta Jones – Hollar! (1963)

FrontCover1Hollar! is an album by jazz vocalist Etta Jones which was recorded at three separate sessions between 1960 and 1962 and released on the Prestige label in 1963.

Etta Jones had the spark that made each of her vocals special, though she was never acknowledged properly during a long career. Following her hit “Don’t Go to Strangers,” she continued to record first-rate songs. Many of her albums were unjustly out of print for decades, though Hollar! was finally reissued by Fantasy as part of their Original Jazz Classics series in 2001. Jones is backed by three separate groups on this release. Guitarist Wally Richardson provides the driving rhythm to back her swinging take of “And the Angels Sing,” while vibraphonist Lem Winchester and pianist Richard Wyands support Jones in her emotional rendition of “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good).” Jones would eventually return to the brisk bop gem “Reverse the Charges” decades after this recording, but this early version is preferable, with a nice interlude by pianist Jimmy Neely. There’s a bit of friendly conversation in the studio as Jones gets underway with another swinger, “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” adding a boisterous tenor sax solo by Oliver Nelson. This is easily one of Etta Jones’ best recordings. (by Ken Dryden)

Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on September 16, 1960 (tracks 2, 4, 5 & 7), March 30, 1961 (tracks 1, 3, 6, 8 & 9) and November 28, 1962 (track 10).

Etta Jones

Etta Jones (vocalsunca
Rudy Lawless (drums)
Michael Mulia (bass)
Jimmy Neeley (piano)
Wally Richardson (guitar)
Richard Wyands (piano on 02., 04. 05. + 07.)
Kenny Burrell (guitar on 10.)
Sam Bruno (guitar on 10.)
George Duvivier (bass on 02., 04., 05. + 07.)
Bobby Donaldson (drums on 10.)
Roy Haynes (drums on 02., 04., 05.+ 07.)
Oliver Nelson (saxophone on 05. + 05.)
Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar on 10.)
Jerome Richardson (saxophone on 10.)
Lem Winchester (vibraphone on 02., 04., 05. + 07,)


01. And The Angels Sing (Elman/Mercer) -2.37
02. I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) (Ellington/Webster) 4.11
03. Give Me the Simple Life (Bloom/Ruby) 2.54
04. The More I See You (Gordon/Warren) 4.13
05. Love Is Here To Stay (G.Gershwin(I.Gershwin) 3.49
06. Reverse The Charges (Webster/Williams) 2.59
07. They Can’t Take That Away From Me (G.Gershwin(I.Gershwin) 2.52
08. Answer Me, My Love (Rauch/Sigman/Winkler) 3.20
09. Looking Back (Benton/Otis) 3.44
10. Nature Boy (eden ahbez) – 2:55




Etta Jones – Lonely And Blue (1962)

FrontCover1Lonely and Blue is an album by jazz vocalist Etta Jones which was recorded in 1962 and released on the Prestige label.

Singer Etta Jones often recalls late-period Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington on her CD reissue of Lonely and Blue. The first 11 songs find her accompanied by tenor-saxophonist Budd Johnson on four of the songs, guitarist Wally Richardson on seven, and the Patti Bown Trio throughout; the final three numbers (bonus tracks), are actually from a date led by tenor great Gene Ammons and are among the highlights of this set. But overall, despite some fine performances (particularly “You Don’t Know My Mind” and “Trav’lin Light”), Jones’ lack of individuality at that point in time makes this CD of less importance than her later sets for Muse. ( by Scott Yanow)

Patti Bown (piano)
George Duvivier (bass)
Etta Jones (vocals)
Budd Johnson (saxophone)
Wally Richardson (guitar)
Ed Shaughnessy (drums)
Gene Ammons (saxophone on 12. – 14.)
Art Davis (bass opn 03., 05., 08. + 11.)
Walter Perkins (drums on 12. – 14.)

01. I’ll Be There (Cook) 2.55
02. In the Dark” (Lil Green) – 2:55
03. Out In The Cold Again (Bloom/Koehler) 3.16
04. I’m Pulling Through (Herzog/Kitchings) 3.37
05. My Gentleman Friend (Horwitt/Lewine) 2.20
06. I Wonder (Gant) 3.20
07. You Don’t Know My Mind (Williams) 3.51
08. Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You (Razaf/Redman) 3.09
09. Good-For-Nothin’ Joe (Bloom/Koehler) 3.50
10. I Miss You So (Henderson/Robin/Scott) 3.26
11. Trav’lin’ Light (Mercer/Mundy/Young) 3.43
12. But Not For Me (G.Gershwin/I.Gershwin) 4.28
13. If You Are But A Dream (Bonx/Fulton/Jaffe) 4.22
14. Cool Cool Daddy (Traditional) 4.50