Ja Ron Eames is a very warm singer and personality. I recall reviewing this record at the time of its first pressing in 1996 when I operated a jazz site of my own.
Accompanied by a fine quintet of New York jazz talent, the singer presents the listener with a nice mix of material written by Buddy Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Bobby Troup, Sam Cooke and Louis Jordan and others. Leading off with a great number titled Doggin' Around, Ja Ron shows the influence of the late Clyde McPhatter. You'll remember Clyde if you're old enough to love the music of The Drifters or Billy Ward and his Dominoes back in the 1950s.
In addition to club dates and recordings, Ja Ron has regular TV program on a New York City cable station and interviews prominent jazz musicians and singers.
Included on this CD are such items as Them There Eyes, I Want a Little Girl, Stormy Monday Blues, The Song Is You and a jazzy version of Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll." I was impressed by the great guitar of Ethan Mann and some very pretty piano by Amy Quint. Eleven songs of generous length fill this CD and it's recommended if you like very loose and warm mainstream jazz.