Label: Jubilee - LP-1021 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Pop • Style: Vocal
Ethel Ennis was blessed with a remarkable voice and an innate jazz feel that she poured into everything she sang. Relatively unknown when she made these late Fifties recordings, her acclaimed debut album, Sings Lullabies For Losers, spread her fame beyond the small East Coast club circuit and her hometown following in Baltimore, where she was born in Made with a heavyweight jazz quartet that included pianist Hank Brown Skin Girl - Harry Belafonte - Canada /74 and drummer Kenny Clarke, it signaled the emergence of a major singing talent.
For these the label wheeled out the big guns Neal Hefti arranged and conducted the orchestra for a well-judged programme of swingers and torch songs on the first, while on the second Have You Forgotten? Throughout, Ethel Ennis handles the diverse settings with remarkable aplomb, with a sure touch for the nuances of feeling and phrasing and singing with a maturity beyond her years.
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