Monday Moanin’ ~ Don’t Go To Strangers ~ Etta Jones

Written by Redd Evans, Arthur Kent & Dave Mann
Off the self entitled album released in 1960.

Etta Jones – vocals
Frank Wess – tenor saxophone, flute
Robert Wyands – piano
Skeeter Best – guitar
George Duvivier – upright bass
Roy Haynes – drums

This entire album was recorded in a single session on June 21, 1960.

Etta Jones had been recording since the mid-40s but never saw success until this song and album.

The song was nominated for a Grammy.

At 16 she toured with Buddy Johnson and worked with the likes of Earl Hines, Oliver Nelson, Frank Wess, Gene Ammons, Art Blakey, tenor saxophonists Houston Person & Budd Johnson.

It was from her 1962 album “Lonely and Blue” that caught my attention specifically one particular song “Out In The Cold Again” that I found hit a personal chord within. Jones was absolutely stellar.

In fact her vocals who in my opinion both equaled and surpassed others more notable should have gotten way more recognition than it really did throughout her career.

Born November 25, 1928, Jones left us on October 16, 2001 on the same day as her last release “Etta Jones Sings Lady Day”. She was 72.

This was a voice and legacy of Jazz.




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