Banu Gibson ranks at the top of her field, one of the very few creative singers in the 1990s interpreting music from the 1920s in the older style without directly copying any of the past greats. There are plenty of exciting solos on this CD from cornetist Charles Fardella, trombonist David Sager, the reeds (clarinet, tenor, and alto) of Tom Fischer, and pianist David Boeddinghaus, while the hot rhythm section often sounds like Fats Waller's group. Gibson always swings hard and she has a particularly strong (yet appealing) voice that is quite versatile. The material is highlighted by "I've Got My Fingers Crossed," "I Cover the Waterfront," "Ol' Pappy," and "Truckin'," but each of the 16 selections are quite rewarding. All classic jazz collectors should be aware of Banu Gibson and this CD (along with Swing Out 103) features her in prime form.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow