I already have CD's of Ms. McRae's early work, and of her later outings. This is the first recording I've picked up of her singing from the mid to late 1950's. What impresses me most is how she sings with great security and an exceptional awareness of the meaning of the lyrics. She is accompanied by backup musicians who are talented enough to be supportive, but not intrusive. The best compliment I can pay is to say that this is one production to which I want to give repeated listening. While a fine restoration job has been done, the overall sound quality falls short of contemporary standards. For Carmen McRae fans this is a truly worthwhile disc. Casual listeners might not be so taken with it.