A song's melody is simply a reference point and a beginning for Carter
; she takes words and inverts, probes and extends them, embellishes themes, changes moods and alters rhythms. She's a vocal improviser in a manner few have equaled, and if her voice lacks the clarity and timbre of the all-time greats, she's more than compensated with incredible timing, flexibility and power. Throughout this 11-track effort, Carter
's vocals direct and steer the responses of pianist Cyrus Chestnut
, bassist Ariel J. Roland
and drummer Lewis Nash
. It was yet another memorable outing for Betty Carter
, an all-time great.