Laura Ainsworth

Top Shelf (Eclectus/Swing City Productions/Ratspack)

As the daughter of renowned big band musician Billy Ainsworth, Laura Ainsworth grew up with the Great American Songbook, watching her dad back such icons as Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. That informed her classic retro lounge/jazz sound and smooth, sultry, throwback vocal style.

Tracks from her first three award-winning albums (“Keep It To Yourself,” “Necessary Evil,” “New Vintage”) comprised the best-of vinyl LP “Top Shelf.” Its embrace by Japanese critics and jazz fans inspired this expanded CD version warmly remastered by Jessica Thompson, available in the USA as an import from Japan’s Ratspack Records and at

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Laura Ainsworth: vocals
Brian Piper: keyboards/arrangements/production
John Adams: bass
Chris McGuire: sax/clarinet
Steve Barnes, Mike Drake: percussion
Noel Johnston, Chris DeRose-Chiffolo: guitar
Dana Sudborough: vibes
Rodney Booth: trumpet
Steve Story: violin
Pete Brewer: flute

Track Listing

  1. That's How I Got My Start
  2. Necessary Evil
  3. That's the Kind of Guy I Dream Of
  4. The Gentleman Is a Dope
  5. You'd Be Surprised
  6. Love For Sale
  7. Skylark
  8. Medley: Long Ago and Far Away/You Stepped Out of a Dream
  9. An Occasional Man
  10. Out of This World
  11. Hooray for Love
  12. Personality
  13. My Foolish Heart
  14. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  15. Wasting My Love on You
  16. Just Give Me a Man

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