Annie Ross – Skylark (1996)

Annie Ross - Skylark (1996)
Artist: Annie Ross
Album: Skylark
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: UK-USA
Released: 1996
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Gypsy in My Soul
I Love Paris
I Didn’t Know About You
The Lady’s In Love With You
‘Tain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)
Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
I’ve Told Ev’Ry Little Star
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone See


This little-known set (reissued on CD) from 1956 features singer Annie Ross four years after she originally recorded “Twisted” but a year before the formation of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Based in London at the time, Ross avoids scatting and vocalese in favor of conventional swinging and jazz-oriented interpretations of standards. Backed tastefully by pianist Tony Crombie, clarinetist Bob Burns, guitarist Roy Plummer and bassist Lennie Rush, Annie Ross shows that she could have been a successful solo artist if she had not met up with Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks; at times she almost sounds like Susannah McCorkle.
Review by Scott Yanow