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Etta Jones: Don't Go to Strangers

Read "Don't Go to Strangers" reviewed by Jim Santella

"Don't Go to Strangers was Etta Jones' trademark song. She could make any jazz standard come alive, though, and she did on this 1960 Prestige album with a line-up of jazz all-stars. Together, band and vocalist tell the stories with a genuine spirit. The sound is superb. Jones and the band are in sync, and the mood fits pure jazz like a glove.

Some readers are apt to confuse Etta Jones with Etta James. We remember Jones because ...

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Etta Jones: Don't Go To Strangers

Read "Etta Jones: Don't Go To Strangers" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Etta Jones Don't Go To Strangers [Remastered RVG Edition] Prestige 2006

Mention Etta Jones to casual followers of the jazz vocal scene, and brace yourself for a quizzical expression in return. Or if the name produces a spark of recognition, wait long enough for the frequent retraction ("Oh, I thought you meant Etta James") before comparing notes. For an artist whose career spanned nearly sixty years and yielded no small number of memorable recordings, ...

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Remembering Etta Jones

Read "Remembering Etta Jones" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

There always seemed to be something indestructible about Etta Jones. You could hear it best on up-tempo tunes when she would swing with a joyful abandon and an almost godlike authority. But even when she sang the most tragic and heart wrenching of ballads--and she sang more than her share of tragic, heart wrenching ballads--Jones conveyed a resilient inner core. You knew that when the crying and heartache were over, she would pick up the pieces and move on. She ...

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Etta Jones: Hollar

Read "Hollar" reviewed by David Rickert

Etta Jones is one of many singers who find it hard to escape the large shadow cast by songbirds like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, but still manage to create music filled with verve, grace, and sophistication. Hollar is an odd title for a record as subdued and mannered as this one is; Jones is much more silky and seductive than she is bellowing and boisterous. Essentially, this record is made up of three separate sessions, where Jones is mostly ...

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Etta Jones: Easy Living

Read "Easy Living" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

Easy Living, Etta Jones’ wonderful new CD, is a celebration of a reunion and a partnership. The partnership is, of course, Ms. Jones’ longstanding collaboration with Houston Person. Mr. Person has played on and/or produced nearly all of Ms. Jones’ recordings since 1976. The reunion is with pianist Richard Wyands who in 1960 played for Ms. Jones on her breakthrough album, Don’t Go To Strangers.

Ms. Jones’ nasal, instantly identifiable tone has only grown richer and more textured with age. ...

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Etta Jones: From the Heart

Read "From the Heart" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This is a sampler, not in the anthology sense but the chocolate box sense. There are bitter tastest, a creamy voice – and there’s enough sweetness for anybody. When Etta Jones hit top 40 with 1960’s “Don’t Go to Strangers’, Prestige gave her budgets most of their artists never saw – this shows their money was well-spent. In three settings (quartet, horns, and strings) Etta graces well-picked songs (both standards and new friends) with her sassy tone and and charming ...