I have only recently stumbled across Dane's work and was blown away by her voice. I had assumed that she was African American and long dead, but she is blond and still alive as I write this review. Moreover, she was not only a jazz and blues vocalist, but also a guitarist and folk singer!
Both of albums in this set were recorded in 1959 and 1962, respectively, and truly showcase facets of her talent. There are no sound samples on this (CD version) product page at the time of this review, but there are for the MP3 version at "Livin' with the Blues". Barbara Dane with Earl Fatha Hines and His Orchestra Plus "On My Way" With Kenny Whitson Quartet. Give those a listen to hear what I am trying to say about Dane's voice and ability to deliver blues songs. If you are already familiar with her work please forgive my gushing because I have only recently 'discovered' her.
The first ten tracks are the album titled Livin' With The Blues that was recorded for the Dot label at the Master Recorders studio in Los Angeles on January 9 and 12, 1959. She is backed by an Earl Hines led ensemble featuring Hines on piano, Benny Carter on trumpet, Herbie Harper and John Halliburton on trombone and Plas Johnson on tenor sax. The rhythm section was comprised of Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Shelly Manne on drums.
Tracks 11 through 22 are the album titled On My Way that was recorded in Los Angeles for Capitol over the course of five sessions (April 23 through 26, and 28, 1962). Dane is backed by Kenny Whitson Quartet.