Carol Sloane's exquisite choice of songs and deeply personal interpretations reflect her love and respect for Ellington's music. From the haunting string opening of the first track, "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing" to the poignant prayer of the last one, "Come Sunday", she enchants with her careful diction, smooth control, impeccable sense of pitch and confident, but warm delivery. Ms. Sloane has a keen understanding of the lyrics, and in her rich, alluring, and breathy voice, she gets to the core of each song with an intimacy that keeps you hanging on every word of this private conversation she is having with you. "Tonight I Shall Sleep" and "All Too Soon" (with its solo piano accompaniment) are gorgeous tracks particularly suited to this elegant vocalist. This album is a real gem -- "a luscious, living, lovesome thing."