Think what you want about Lena Horne
– but this is a plenty darn groovy album! Sure, Lena
's style is usually a bit classy and uptown – almost so much so that we don't really dig most of her records. But here, she's working in a very groovy style – paired with the great guitarist Gabor Szabo
, in a set of sweetly swinging tunes that share many touches with Gabor
's grooviest sides for Impulse and Skey in the 60s! Gabor
produced and arranged with Gary McFarland – and the pair really transform the sound of Lena
's voice, taking her normally-poised vocals and loosening them up with a subtly funky undercurrent. Richard Tee plays some great organ on the set, in a small combo that also includes Grady Tate and Chuck Rainey – and titles include a lot of Beatles covers – like "Rocky Raccoon", "Fool On The Hill", and "In My Life" – plus the cuts "Nightwind", "Watch What Happens", and "My Mood Is You".
(Non-gatefold Skye pressing.)