Sue Raney, who has always had a beautiful voice, first gained some recognition for her work in jazz and popular music in the late 1950s. She has been a fixture in Los Angeles ever since, becoming a well-known vocal coach and teacher in addition to continuing her solo career. The second volume of previously unreleased material from Studio West features Raney in four different settings. Nine selections team her with a quartet led by pianist Page Cavanaugh that perfectly fits her singing. Two songs have her joined by Page 7 (a septet led by Cavanaugh), there are five numbers with a quartet co-led by clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and accordionist Tommy Gumina, and the remaining four selections are with the 1970 version of Shelly Manne & His Men. The performances are usually brief but Raney takes advantage of each moment, stretching her repertoire from swing standards to the Beatles"With a Little Help From My Friends" and Michel Legrand's "Umbrellas of Cherbourg." Highlights include "Trouble Is a Man," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," and two versions apiece of "Breezin' Along With the Breeze" and "'Deed I Do." Because Sue Raney has never recorded often enough, this set of rarities is particularly recommended to listeners unfamiliar with the talented singer.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow