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Don't Go To Strangers

Etta Jones

Released on June 2, 2014 by Prestige

Main artist: Etta Jones

Genre: Jazz > Vocal Jazz

Distinctions: The Qobuz Ideal Discography ( June 2014)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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Don't Go to Strangers was Etta Jones' first album for the independent jazz label Prestige when it was released in 1960 (having been recorded in a single session on June 21 of that year), and although Jones had been releasing records since 1944, including a dozen sides for RCA in 1946 and an album for King Records in 1957, she was treated as an overnight sensation when the title tune from the album went gold, hitting the Top 40 on the pop charts and reaching number five on the R&B charts. An elegant ballad on an album that had several of them, including the masterful "If I Had You" and a marvelous reading of "All the Way," a song usually identified with Frank Sinatra, "Don't Go to Strangers" featured Jones' airy, bluesy phrasing and uncanny sense of spacing, and was very much a jazz performance, making its success on the pop charts all the more amazing. Listen to Jones' restructuring of the melody to the opening track, the old chestnut "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," to hear a gifted jazz singer sliding and shifting the tone center of a song like a veteran horn player, all the while leaving the melody still recognizable, but refreshing it until it stands revealed anew. Apparently there were no additional tracks cut at the session, since bonus material has never surfaced on any of the album's subsequent reissues, although that's hardly a problem, because as is, Don't Go to Strangers is a perfect gem of a recording. ~ Steve Leggett
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:41:04

  1. 1 Yes Sir That's My Baby

    Walter Donaldson, Composer - Gus Kahn, Author - Etta Jones, MainArtist - Irving Berlin Inc., MusicPublisher - EMI Music Publishing France, MusicPublisher Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  2. 2 Don't Go To Strangers

    Arthur Kent, Composer, Author - REDD EVANS, Composer, Author - Etta Jones, MainArtist - David A. Mann, Composer, Author - Jefferson Music Co. Inc., MusicPublisher - Arthur Kent Music Co., MusicPublisher - David Mann Music Company, MusicPublisher Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  3. 3 I Love Paris

    Cole Porter, Composer, Author - Etta Jones, MainArtist Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  4. 4 Fine And Mellow

    Billie Holiday, Composer, Author - Etta Jones, MainArtist - Edward B. Marks Music Co., MusicPublisher Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  5. 5 Where Or When

    Richard Rodgers, Composer, Author - Lorenz Hart, Composer, Author - Etta Jones, MainArtist - WB Music Corp., MusicPublisher - Warner/Chappell North America Limited, MusicPublisher - Williamson Music Company, MusicPublisher - Imagem CV, MusicPublisher - Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatrical Europe Ltd, MusicPublisher Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  6. 6 If I Had You

    Jimmy Campbell, Composer, Author - Reg Connelly, Composer, Author - TED SHAPIRO, Composer, Author - Etta Jones, MainArtist Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  7. 7 On The Street Where You Live

    Frederick Loewe, Composer - Alan Jay Lerner, Author - Etta Jones, MainArtist - Chappell Music Co. Ltd., MusicPublisher Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  8. 8 Something to remember you by

    Howard Dietz, Author - Arthur Schwartz, Composer - Etta Jones, MainArtist Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  9. 9 Bye Bye Blackbird

    Mort Dixon, Author - Ray Henderson, Composer - Etta Jones, MainArtist - Francis Day & Hunter Ltd, MusicPublisher - Redwood Music Ltd., MusicPublisher - Remick Music Corp, MusicPublisher Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

  10. 10 All The Way

    Sammy Cahn, Author - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer, Author - Etta Jones, MainArtist - Mushroom Music Publishing, MusicPublisher Copyright : ℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

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  • Don't Go to Strangers was Etta Jones' first album for the independent jazz label Prestige when it was released in 1960 (having been recorded in a single session on June 21 of that year), and although Jones had been releasing records since 1944, including a dozen sides for RCA in 1946 and an album for King Records in 1957, she was treated as an overnight sensation when the title tune from the album went gold, hitting the Top 40 on the pop charts and reaching number five on the R&B charts. An elegant ballad on an album that had several of them, including the masterful "If I Had You" and a marvelous reading of "All the Way," a song usually identified with Frank Sinatra, "Don't Go to Strangers" featured Jones' airy, bluesy phrasing and uncanny sense of spacing, and was very much a jazz performance, making its success on the pop charts all the more amazing. Listen to Jones' restructuring of the melody to the opening track, the old chestnut "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," to hear a gifted jazz singer sliding and shifting the tone center of a song like a veteran horn player, all the while leaving the melody still recognizable, but refreshing it until it stands revealed anew. Apparently there were no additional tracks cut at the session, since bonus material has never surfaced on any of the album's subsequent reissues, although that's hardly a problem, because as is, Don't Go to Strangers is a perfect gem of a recording. ~ Steve Leggett

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