Etta Jones (vcl), with Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by Oliver Nelson, feat. Joe Wilder (tp), Jerry Dodgion, Oliver Nelson, Jerome Richardson (reeds), Mal Waldron (p), Wally Richardson (g), George Duvivier, Bob Bushnell (b), Charlie Persip (d)
Reference: FSRCD 761
Etta Jones came to the public attention in the 1940s, but after she was revealed as a potentially important artist, nothing much happened commercially with her records. So, after a long period of obscurity, the arrival of Etta Jones in the LP best seller lists in 1961 was a stunning illustration of how suddenly an almost neglected artist could become a name vocalist with two albums: So Warm and From the Heart.
Miss Jones sense of drama was to lie about midway between Ethel Waters and Billie Holiday, but remained within hailing distance of Dinah Washington. That said, she was her own stylist. She had the ability to project a wide variety of moods, from anguish to exuberance. The arrangements on both albums, which include some handsome string writing, are by Oliver Nelson and were perhaps his most impressive achievement until then. Nelson had never written for strings before, and his only vocal-background arrangements had been for small combinations. I wrote as though the voice were an instrument, he said. Because of this, he took several chances and got away with them. Nelson gave Miss Jones some of the most complex accompanying lines to sing over ever confronting anyone.
01. You Dont Know What Love Is (Raye-DePaul) 3:06
02. I Wish I Didnt Love You So (Frank Loesser) 2:01
03. If You Were Mine (Mercer-Malneck) 2:42
04. All My Life (Mitchell-Stept) 3:41
05. I Laughed At Love (Davis-Silver) 3:31
06. You Better Go Now (Graham-Loesser) 1:57
07. And This Is My Beloved (Wright-Forrest) 3:03
08. Can You Look Me in the Eyes (Herrick-McMichael) 2:48
09. Unchained Melody (Zaret-North) 4:17
10. Hurry Home (Meyer-Emmerich-Bernier) 3:34
11. Im Through with Love (Livingston-Malneck-Kahn) 4:03
12. How Deep Is the Ocean (Irving Berlin) 3:32
13. Just Friends (Lewis-Klenner) 2:57
14. Funny (Not Much) (Prince-Neil-Broughton-Merrill) 3:04
15. Ill Never Be Free (Benjamin-Weiss) 3:03
16. There Goes My Heart (Silver-Davis) 3:17
17. Makin Whoopee (Donaldson-Kahn) 2:48
18. By the End of the River (Edwards-Haig) 2:12
19. You Came a Long Way from St. Louis (Russell-Brooks) 2:24
20. They Cant Take That Away from Me (Gershwin-Gershwin) 2:05
21. The Masquerade Is Over (Wrubel-Magidson) 2:54
22. Good Morning, Heartache (Higginbotham-Drake-Fisher) 2:31
23. Look for the Silver Lining (DeSylva-Kern) 2:25
Tracks #1-12, from the album "So Warm" (Prestige PR 7204)
Tracks #13-23, from the album "From the Heart" (Prestige PR 7214)
ETTA JONES, vocals with Orchestra
Arranged and Conducted by OLIVER NELSON
Tracks #1-4: Joe Singer, Richard Berg, French horns; Mal Waldron, piano; George Duvivier, bass; Bill English, drums; plus string section.
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on June 9, 1961
Tracks #5-12: Ray Alonge, French horn; Arthur Clarke, Jerome Richardson, Phil Bodner, Eric Dixon, reeds; George Duvivier, bass; Charlie Persip, drums; plus string section.
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 25 (#5-8), and 28 (#9-12), 1961
Tracks #13-16: Lloyd Mayers, piano; Wally Richardson, guitar; Bob Bushnell, bass; Ed Shaughnessy, drums; plus string section.
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on February 8, 1962
Tracks #17-23: Joe Wilder, trumpet; Jerry Dodgion, Oliver Nelson, alto saxes; George Barrow, Bob Ashton, tenor saxes; Lloyd Mayers, piano; Wally Richardson, guitar; Bob Bushnell, bass; Ed Shaughnessy, drums; plus string section. On #18,20 & 22 saxes out.
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on February 9, 1962
Original recordings supervised by Esmond Edwards
Recording Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Original design and photos: Don Schlitten
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
From the Heart:
"The sound of this release brings to mind a cross between Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline. Not a bad combination, and one that sounds remarkably fresh and invigorating long after its 1962 recording date. Here, Etta Jones' swinging singing is augmented with Oliver Nelson's attractive and distinctive arrangements. Wally Richardson's guitar is especially noteworthy in the rhythm section, while Nelson's use of horns and strings is as wonderful as ever. From the Heart is a lot of fun, a too-long-forgotten gem that takes the listener back to a more innocent time and provides the perfect setting for Etta Jones to display her vocal wares."
Jim Newsom -All Music Guide