Compared to What
Our Ages or Our Hearts
I Told Jesus
Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodby
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Ballad of the Sad Young Men
Before Roberta Flack became a big star killing everyone softly with her songs, she quietly blew the doors off small clubs as a jazz, gospel, and blues singer. She combined the spirituality of Mahalia Jackson, the soulfulness of Nina Simone, and purity of Judy Collins. First Take, Flack's 1969 debut, is a powerful testament to her astonishing vocal skills. Raw and understated, it's more folky-jazz than soul, with John Pizzarelli on guitar and Ron Carter on bass cushioning Flack's low-key piano and blissful, introspective singing. From start to finish, a simply gorgeous album.