Donna Hightower (vcl), Joe Wilder (tp), Chauncey Welsh (tb), Ben Webster, Georgie Auld (ts), Mundell Lowe, Barry Galbraith (g), Hank Jones (p), George Duvivier, Milt Hinton (b), Don Lamond, Osie Johnson (d), Sid Feller (dir)
Reference: FSRCD 561
Bar code: 8427328605618
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.
"'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
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