Annie Ross – Handful of Songs (1963/2018) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 36:02 minutes | 390 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | ©  DCC Compact Classics, Inc.

By 1963, Annie Ross had permanently moved back to England and had started working more as an actress than as a singer. This interesting set (reissued by DCC as an audiophile CD) features Ross backed by an orchestra arranged and conducted by Johnnie Spence. The obvious high point is one of the darkest and scariest versions of “Love For Sale” ever recorded; Ross’ desperate-sounding rendition is haunting. Otherwise, she performs a variety of standards in lightly swinging fashion, not scatting or using vocalese but instead working on interpreting the lyrics. Other highlights include “All of You,” “Nature Boy,” “Like Someone in Love” and “Limehouse Blues.” This worthy set was also put out on CD by the Fresh Sound label.

01. A Handful of Songs
02. All of You
03. Fly Me to the Moon
04. Nature Boy
05. What’s New
06. Love for Sale
07. A Lot of Livin’ to Do
08. Let Me Love You
09. All the Things You Are
10. I’m Gonna Go Fishin’
11. Like Someone in Love
12. Limehouse Blues