Etta Jones


Don't Go To Strangers

  • Release Date: 15 Jul 2014
  • OJC-298

This was Etta Jones' first album for Prestige Records when it was originally released in 1960 (having been recorded in a single session on June 21 of that year), and although Jones had been releasing records since 1944, she was treated as an overnight sensation when the title tune from the album went gold, hitting the Top 40 on the pop charts and reaching number five on the R&B charts. The album was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.



After paying dues for over 15 years, Etta Jones (1928-2001) became an overnight sensation with the release of this, her first Prestige album… More

Recorded between 1960 and 1963. More

The absolute assurance that marked Etta Jones's singing throughout her career has never been on better display than in this album, where she… More

Etta Jones, one of the jazz's reigning vocalists at the time of her death in October 2001, was well on her way during the productive period she… More

For the last decade or so of her life, Etta Jones (1928-2001) was able to finally sustain the deserved popularity she attracted briefly with her… More

Etta Jones's growing list of fans will find this 1962 orchestral encounter fascinating. The Billie Holiday influence that marked her earlier work… More

This was the followup album to the extremely successful Don't Go to Strangers LP whose title track took Etta to the pop record charts… More

South Carolina-born vocalist Etta Jones made her first record in 1944 at the age of 16 and continued to record prolifically for over a half… More




One of the most beloved vocalists in jazz, Etta Jones (1928-2001) was a soulful singer with a subtle and bluesy style.

Etta Jones started her career early, touring with Buddy Johnson’s band when she was 16 and debuting on records in 1944 with Barney Bigard. She also worked with Stuff Smith, J.C. Heard, and Earl Hines (1952-1953). Jones had her breakthrough in 1960 when she recorded “Don’t Go to Strangers” on the first in a string of rewarding albums for Prestige.

The recording Don’t Go to Strangers set the pattern for many of Etta Jones’s recordings. Joined by a rhythm section and a strong soloist (Frank Wess on tenor and flute), Jones digs into standards, blues, and ballads, showing the influence of Billie Holiday while also displaying her own personality on such numbers as “Fine and Mellow,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “All The Way.” Both Holler! and Something Nice have her joined by tenor saxophonist Oliver Nelson and vibraphonist Lem Winchester on some numbers while So Warm features Jones’s voice surrounded by a string section arranged by Oliver Nelson. From the Heart is another partial collaboration with Nelson that includes four more selections with strings but also six with a four-piece rhythm section. Jones’s renditions of “You Came a Long Way from St. Louis” and “The Masquerade Is Over” are standouts. Lonely and Blue has Jones interacting with either Gene Ammons or Budd Johnson on tenors while Love Shout features Jones backed by organist Larry Young and guitarist Kenny Burrell on the majority of the selections. Summing up this era quite well is The Prestige Singles, which features Jones’s most popular numbers from the 1960-1963 period.

In 1968 Etta Jones started appearing regularly with her close friend tenor saxophonist Houston Person, a musical partnership that lasted during her remaining 33 years of performances, tours, and recordings.