Sylvia Syms was one of the top cabaret singers, uplifting a wide variety of interesting songs throughout her career. For this unusual pianoless date she is heard with either Kenny Burrell or Buck Pizzarelli on guitar, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Osie Johnson and occasionally percussionist Willie Rodriguez. The emphasis is on Brazlian songs and superior swing standards with the highpoints including "As Long as I Live," "More than You Know," "How Insensitive," "Meditation" and "Brazil." Still, because Syms does not improvise, this CD reissue is more for fans of cabaret than for followers of jazz.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow