Stark's vocal style is direct and unpretentious. Not that there isn't any artifice involved, but it would be fair to say that she is in the tradition of singers such as Jo Stafford and Billie Holiday that use a conversational delivery. Her vocals are nicely framed by a group that includes pianist and arranger Mike Abene and Sullivan's former trumpeter Warren Vache, who plays delightfully on several numbers.
With the Sullivan revival come several fine tunes that don't get as much modern reading as they perhaps should. Johnny Mercer's "Harlem Butterfly" for one, Harry Warren's "Spring Isn't Everything" for another. The Scottish folk ballad "Loch Lommand" which provided Ms. Sullivan with a top ten hit in 1937 closes this set, performed as a slow, almost haunting duet between Abene and Stark. Sally Stark Sings Maxine Sullivan will whet your appetite to hear more music from both artists.