Honoring the past and celebrating the present is the theme of this elegant recording.
A fine choice of tunes, a singer with a voice as dusky as a southern night, pianists that comp and solo beautifully, tasty drumming, a breathy throwback tenor saxophone addling just the right touch of sensuality, and both bassists finely attuned to the ensemble, put it all together and you have a record that is a consummation devoutly to be wished.
The canorous voice of Earla Porch is most engaging and certainly rich in tone. Singing on pitch adds the final ingredient, and as Rex Reed declares, "Her natural gifts shine forth brilliantly"
"Easy Street" is a languorous discourse on the hopes and expectations of humankind with Porch delivering the lyric with opulent sophistication. Kathy Frank's drumming is totally apropos to the message of the tune, easy and cool on the senses. Ken Barry's tenor is the stimulating potency in this musical libation.
Tadd Dameron's "If You Could See Me Now" is both as sweet and powerful as gardenias in full bloom and Earla Porch pays Dameron homage with dignity and charm. Artt Frank's brushwork is free of all harshness, and directed to the enhancement of the soloist, intensifying the power of this superb piece with its delicacy.
Every tune is a winner and selected with care. The musicians are top notch and the vocals are resplendent in melodic beauty.