Reference: FSRCD 561
One of the highest tributes to any musician in a recording session is that he or she is a Take One artist. Donna Hightower is just that, a singer who delivers perfectly the first time she steps to the mike. In these late Fifties sides she demonstrated the phrasing, taste and skill which marked her as one the brightest new vocalist stars of the time. Backing her are two all-star groups conducted by Sid Feller and featuring some of the greatest soloists of the New York jazz scene, including Joe Wilder, Ben Webster, Hank Jones, Georgie Auld, Mundell Lowe, George Duvivier and Don Lamond.
02. Maybe Youll Be There
03. Lover Come Back To Me
04. There, Ive Said It Again
05. Because Of You
06. Please Dont Take Your Love Away From Me
07. Cest La Vie
08. Too Young
09. Baby, Get Lost
10. I Get A Kick Out Of You
11. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere
12. Trouble In Mind
13. Every Day I Have The Blues
14. Gee, Baby, Aint I Good To You?
15. All Or Nothing At All
16. I Laughed To Keep From Crying
17. Lonesome And Sorry
18. The First To Know
19. The Blues Dont Care
20. Cant Help It
21. Born To Be Blue
22. Ill Be Around
23. A Cottage For Sale
24. Im Alone Because I Love You
Total time: 60:00 min.
Tracks #1-12 from "Take One!" (Capitol T 1133)
Tracks #13-24 from "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?" (Capitol ST 1273)
Personnel on "Take One!":
Donna Hightower with Sid Fellers All-Star Group
Joe Wilder (tp), Ben Webster (ts), Mundell Lowe (g), Hank Jones (p), George Duvivier (b) and Don Lamond (d).
Recorded in New York, 1958
Personnel on "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?":
Donna Hightower with Orchestra Conducted by Sid Feller, featuring Chauncey Welsh (tb), Georgie Auld (ts), Hank Jones (p), and probably Barry Galbraith (g), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d).
Recorded in New York, 1959
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
"'Little' Donna Hightower had a dynamic, big voice and made some fine shouting records for Capitol, Decca and RPM in the '50s. Unfortunately, she never landed any hits, but that wasn't due to any lack of skill. She not only had range and power, but was equally compelling doing sentimental, soft ballads. She was backed by the orchestras of Horace Henderson and Maxwell Davis on the Decca and RPM material, respectively."
Ron Wynn - All Music Guide