Miss Gloria Lynne Sings...
Gloria Lynne (vocals), Harry Edison (tp), Sam Taylor (ts), Eddie Costa (p, vibes), Wild Bill Davis (organ), Kenny Burrell (g), Milt Hilton (b), George Duvivier (b), Tom Bryant (b), Jo Jones (d)
5***** by All Music Guide.
1. April In Paris (Harburg-Duke)
2. Stormy Monday (Crowder-Eckstein-Heins)
3. Without A Song (Youmans-Rose-Eliscu)
4. Just Squeeze Me (Gaines-Ellington)
5. Little Fingers (Bailey)
6. Perdido (Tizol-Lengsfelder-Drake)
7. June Night (Friend-Baer)
8. I Don't Know Why (Lange)
9. All Day Long (Burrell)
10.I Can't Give You Anything But Love (McHugh-Fields)
11.Bye, Bye Blackbird (Henderson-Dixon)
12.They Didn't Believe Me (Kern-Rourke)
Recorded in New York City, 1958
Gloria Lynne was a twenty-something comer when this album was originally recorded in 1958. Since then, she has moved into other areas, notably soul. But at the time these tunes were cut, she was working in the jazzy blues and standards territory that proved quite profitable for Nancy Wilson, Dakota Station, and several others through the '60s. Lynne had a joyous, soulful delivery and a clear, piercing style, building the tension and smoothly striding with the beat rather than competing with it. Lynne had a first-class band: veteran swing era trumpeter Harry Edison, honking tenor saxophonist Sam Taylor, bombastic organist Wild Bill Davis, bluesy guitarist Kenny Burrell, and vibist Eddie Costa in a rare complementary role were among the stars assisting her. While this is a woefully short CD (less than 37 minutes), the range of material and Lynne's mellow yet forceful vocals are good compensation for the lack of bonus cuts.
- by Ron Wynn (AMG).