Janis Siegel, vocals; Cedar Walton, piano; David Williams, bass; Winard Harper, drums; Bill Ware, vibraphone; Tom Harrell, trumpet, flugelhorn; David "Fathead" Newman, tenor saxophone; Frank Colon, wind chimes, congas, bongos, maracas, castanets, wood blocks, cowbell; Additional background vocalists
Check the musicians. Check the irrepressible Ms Siegel, who reads every number with such great feeling. Irene Kral, in her younger days, springs to mind. Not that Janis Siegel owes anything to anyone. The under-recorded "Where Are You" and "Guess Who I Saw Today My Dear?" are much appreciated by this listener, and the versions here are perfectly lovely. The lady swings with the guys in the band, and nobody needs to hear accolades for this bunch of musicians. Walton brings his craftsmanship to bear throughout, and David Williams has to be one of the best bassists around. The whole thing comes together splendidly on ""I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over." This is a CD for those among us who go for quality material, sung and swung by a quality lady. And the musicians, wow!
by Lawrence Brazier
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