May 24th – Etta Jones – I Realize Now

Etta Jones had one big hit with the million-seller Don’t Go To Strangers. The album of the same name paved the way for a run of success on Prestige in the late 50s and early 60s and then, like many of her contemporaries, she found herself unable to record for the best part of a decade.

However, Jones formed a lasting musical partnership with tenor saxophonist Houston Person who became her producer and manger and there followed a string of terrific albums on Muse and Highnote until her swansong, Etta Jones Sings Lady Day, in 2001. From the middle of that period comes this beautiful recording of a song sung decades before by Nat King Cole. It’s a mystery to me why it isn’t better known.

For more on Etta Jones see All About Jazz.