Peggy Lee recorded a couple of albums with producer Quincy Jones, of which this was one (they also teamed up on If you go, a collection of ballads). While this album has a definite bluesy feel, I'm not sure that this can be truly described as a blues album (it is quite upbeat - more of a big band album than a blues album) - however, it is a masterpiece so who cares? The other part of the album title (cross country) is accurate, as Peggy sings songs about several American cities - the song titles include some of them. Another song (The train blues) refers to no particular place but obviously fits the cross-country theme.
Peggy co-wrote about half the songs here, the remainder being covers of classics songs sometimes re-interpreted by Peggy - so even these songs may not sound quite as you might expect, but everything here is brilliant. The songs mix swinging up-tempo songs with tender ballads. The musicians include some of the finest west coast jazzmen then available - Frank Rosolino, Jack Sheldon, Al Porcino, Bill Perkins, Jimmy Rowles and Benny Carter.
It is hard to pick highlights from an album of such outstanding quality, so I won't. From the opening Kansas City to the closing The shining sea (one of two bonus tracks), this is an album of never-ending delights recorded by a lady at the peak of her powers.