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Midway into this set, vocalist Annie Ross revisits "Jumpin' at the Woodside (Basie/Hendricks) and her high-energy delivery is an instant encapsulation of the halcyon days when she sparkplugged the now-legendary trio known as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. Even before the trio's success, Ross' clarion pipes, stratospheric vocalizing, and musical know-how had made fans of the likes of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Dizzy Gillespie.
This never-previously-released 1965 set was recorded live in her own short-lived London club, Annie's Room, after Ross split from the trio in 1962. At times a smiling, come hither succulence in Ross' voice is reminiscent of Anita O'Day, which is especially apt on Cole Porter's "Love for Sale. But Ross is a copy of no one, as is evidenced by her playful, bluesy take on another Basie tune, "Goin' to Chicago , a gem that Jimmy Rushing co-wrote and pretty much owned. Her straight-ahead delivery, seesawing with high, high vocalese, combines into a particular instrument which can only be called "Ross.
The recording quality here is less than optimal, but it's just a night in a smoke-filled room when the sound's offbut who cares when the music's so cool.
Track Listing: Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home; The Lady's In Love With You; Li'l Darlin'; The Right To
Love; Solomon; Medley: I'm In the Mood For Love/Moody's Mood For Love; Jumpin' At the
Woodside; Doolin'; Don't Wait Too Long; Love For Sale; Going To Chicago; Soon It's Gonna
Rain; Saturday Night Fish Fry.
Personnel: Annie Ross: vocals; Pete King: tenor saxophone; Brian Lemon: piano; Kenny Baldock: bass;
Benny Goodman: drums.