Classic blues singer Alberta Hunter's
final recording (made when she was 87, two years before her death) is as powerful as her previous three Columbia albums. The legendary delightful singer puts plenty of feeling into "Look for the Silver Lining," "He's Funny That Way," "Somebody Loves Me" and four of her originals. As was true of each of her final sets, Hunter
is joined by the Gerald Cook
quartet and several veteran horn players (trumpeters Doc Cheatham
and Jonah Jones
, trombonist Vic Dickenson
and tenorman Budd Johnson
), all of whom sound quite happy to be supporting the ancient yet ageless singer.