Ernestine Anderson – A Song for You {HighNote}

Ernestine Anderson – A Song for You {HighNote}

Vocal Jazz

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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

It is hard to believe that Ernestine Anderson was within a few months of her eightieth birthday at the time of this 2008 session, but she shows the wisdom of a veteran vocalist in her interpretations of this collection of standards, ballads, and pop songs, often proving that less is indeed more.

Well complemented by tenor saxophonist Houston Person (who was an important presence on so many of the late vocalist Etta Jones’ albums), pianist LaFayette Harris, bassist Chip Jackson, and drummer Willie Jones, Anderson sings with a confidence that makes each song sound like a first take.

She masters the catchy midtempo setting of “Make Someone Happy,” a piece often played painfully slow in order to get a sense of drama, but her upbeat treatment is a fine alternative. She knows how to sing a ballad, demonstrated in her richly textured and soulful rendition of the timeless “Skylark.”

She is equally at home with pop material like Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” and her superb, very deliberate take of “Candy,” with soulful fills inserted by Person. This is a potent effort by a singer who remains very much in her prime.

01. This can’t Be Love (3:53)
02. A Song for You (5:51)
03. Make Someone Happy (4:35)
04. Skylark (7:10)
05. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (3:26)
06. Candy (6:10)
07. Day by Day (6:42)
08. For All We Know (7:15)

Ernestine Anderson – vocals
Houston Person – tenor saxophone
Lafayette Harris, Jr. -piano
Chip Jackson – bass
Willie Jones III – drums

Produced by Todd Barkan
Executive Producer: Joe Fields
Assistant Producer: Katherine Miller
Recorded at Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ on April 9, 2008
Recorded and mixed by Katherine Miller
Additional recording done at Studio X in Seattle, WA by Reed Ruddy
Mastered by Alan Silverman / ARF! Digital
Photography by Alan Nahigian
Design by Keiji Obata and Peter Muller, Littlefield & Co.

2009, HighNote Records, Inc.

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