Ernestine Anderson, Hot Cargo (Fresh Sound).
In these 1956 sessions, Anderson’s early singing has lost none of its naturalness, musicality or appeal. Her accompaniments by Harry Arnold’s big band and Duke Jordan’s trio sound equally fresh. I wrote earlier that this was one of the best vocal albums of the 1950s. I am revising that assessment. It is one of the best vocal recordings of the last half of the twentieth century. Sweden’s Metronome label originally released this perennially new collection as It’s Time For Ernestine. Mercury issued the LP in the US two years later and called it Hot Cargo, despite the disapproval of its producer, Börje Ekberg, and Anderson. Whatever the title, it is still time for Ernestine.