1. Things Ain't What They Used to Be 2. Please Send Me Someone to Love 3. Take the "A" Train 4. At Last 5. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water 6. Don't Go to Strangers 7. Chains of Love 8. All of Me 9. Mean to Me 10. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart 11. They Call Me Sundown 12. I'll Be Seeing You
Review by Scott Yanow
Barbara Morrison has long been a familiar figure in the Los Angeles area, singing blues, standards, and R&B-ish/jazz material with spirit and feeling. Live at the Dakota teams her at a Minnesota concert with a perfect backup group from the East Coast consisting of tenor saxophonist Houston Person, pianist Junior Mance, bassist Earl May, and drummer Jackie Williams. Most of the selections, such as "Please Send Me Someone to Love," "At Last," and "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water," are quite familiar, as are the swing standards, but these renditions sound fresh and contain their own surprises. Every song is full of soul, including a slower than usual "Mean to Me," "Don't Go to Strangers," the passionate blues "They Call Me Sundown," and the hardest swinging version of "I'll Be Seeing You" that one will ever hear. Also interesting are the singer's close imitations of both Big Joe Turner and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson on the blues "Chains of Love." Both Barbara Morrison and the all-star cast clearly inspire each other during the singer's definitive recording. Highly recommended.