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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.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.