Juanita Holiday

To Joe With Love

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Juanita Holiday is a powerful singer who can really belt out the notes. The set of songs on To Joe With Love has so much swing, power, and wit, that it deserves a high rating. A vocal group, the Original Tymes, add a bit of humor and class to two numbers; an unidentified orchestra is added to a couple of tracks; and there are fine solos along the way from tenor-saxophonist Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, guitarist Monnette Sudler, and tenor-saxophonist Ernie Hopkins, who also sings quite effectively on "Big Legs." But it is Holiday who is the main star; she holds some perfectly controlled long notes on "Time After Time," competing with Etta James on "At Last," really digging into the humorous "Your Husband's Been Cheating On Us," and "I Just Found Out About Love." Holiday proves to be an equally skilled jazz and blues singer. This small-label release is well worth going out of one's way to discover.

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