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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Prestige

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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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Vocal Jazz - Released August 23, 2011 | Le Chant du Monde

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Vocal Jazz - Released January 29, 2016 | exclusiv for streaming partners

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Jazz - Released August 29, 2014 | Jazz Archives Records

This CD reissue features singer Etta Jones during two recording sessions in 1960-1961. Jones is joined by two separate rhythm sections, and there is a guest appearance for tenor saxophonist Oliver Nelson (on "Easy Living"), two by vibraphonist Lem Winchester, and three from guitarist Wally Richardson. Influenced by Billie Holiday during this era, Jones is at her best during straightforward and sincere renditions of such songs as "My Heart Tells Me," "Till There Was You," "Almost Like Being in Love," and "Canadian Sunset." ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released March 17, 2017 | HCR Music

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Contemporary Jazz - Released January 18, 2019 | Real To Reel Recordings

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Jazz - Released September 26, 2014 | Itube

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Soul - Released March 19, 2019 | RevOla

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Vocal Jazz - Released April 13, 2004 | HighNote Records

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Vocal Jazz - Released August 10, 2001 | HighNote Records

Etta Jones' last 20 years found her recording one consistently soulful jazz album after another, usually with the close partnership of tenor-saxophonist Houston Person. For what would be her final recording, she pays tribute to Billie Holiday with renditions of nine standards. Except during the last part of "Fine and Mellow" when she does a remarkable imitation of Lady Day, Etta Jones sings in her usual bluesy style, staying as individual as always. She makes such songs as "All of Me," "I Cried for You" and "Them There Eyes" sound fresh and relevant. The singer passed away on the day that Sings Lady Day was officially released and she sounds in surprisingly good form throughout this set, finishing off her career on top. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Prestige

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Vocal Jazz - Released July 13, 2007 | HighNote Records

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Jazz - Released September 26, 2014 | Sector Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 1960 | Prestige

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Jazz - Released October 24, 2018 | RevOla

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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
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Soul - Released March 19, 2019 | RevOla

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Jazz - Released August 26, 2003 | Savoy

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1992 | Prestige

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Jazz - Released January 2, 2013 | Jazz Musts

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Jazz - Released August 1, 2014 | Sector Records