Twenty-four-track compilation of Reese's work for Jubilee in the late '50s. This period found her trying to straddle the worlds of pop, jazz, gospel, and blues, somewhat in the mold of Dinah Washington and (to a much lesser extent) Sarah Vaughan. Reese wasn't as soulful as either of those two, however; her delivery could be stiff, and more temparementally suitable for mainstream pop. This collection is all over the map stylistically: interpretations of standards, pop-jazz, some near-straight gospel ("Amen"), and some slight nods to pop/R&B ("I Got a Feeling You're Fooling"). It speaks of her versatility, yes, but at this point she wasn't at a master of any of these approaches. She did get a Top 20 hit with "And That Reminds Me," but she didn't hit either her commercial or vocal stride until she moved to RCA at the end of the '50s. The disc includes one unreleased track, "So True."
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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger