Unlike many recordings from the mid- to late-sixties, the late great Shirley Horn's "Traveling Light" does not sound dated. Indeed, what's astounding is how brilliant this all-too-brief album still sounds! Overshadowed by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan--who were undoubtedly more driven and dominating--Horn remained a little-noticed jewel half-submerged just below the surface. In fact, it took Miles Davis to uncover this treasure, though Horn largely shunned the spotlight for much of her life! What set Horn apart was her unusual combination of streetwise sophistication and bourgeoisie eloquence. She was an accomplished pianist whose delicate touch mirrored the subtle power of her elegant, unforced vocal style. Though Horn's economy of style permeates "Traveling Light," the album is surprisingly varied. "New York on Sunday" and "Don't be on the Outside" are rhythmical, finger-snapping juke-jaunts, but there are also the kind of whispery, intimate ballads that became her signature, like "I Could Have Told you," "And I Love Him" (an amazing cover of the signature Beatles tune). Elsewhere, Horn serves up sleek, sassy versions of "Some of My Best Friends are the Blues," "Big City" and "Yes, I Know When I've Had It." But best of all is her riveting and DEFINITIVE version of the album's title cut, an exquisite torch song which Horn effectively steals from Billie Holiday. This number alone is worth the price of the CD! As a showcase for the singular gifts of Shirley Horn, "Traveling Light" is perhaps unequaled.