John W. Johnnie Pate (born December 5, 1923, Chicago Heights, Illinois) enjoyed a notable career as a bassist from the late 40s up until the early '60s in the Chicago area, gaining a solid reputation as a strong player in the Oscar Pettiford mold and enlightened composer. On these 1954-1956 sessions for the Talisman and Gig labels, he leads a trio featuring Ronnell Bright, who was a swift, resourceful young pianist whose style recalls the early Oscar Peterson. With drummer Charles Walton, this bright, polished and swinging trio began to be recognized while working first at the London House and then at the Blue Note, where they were the house band in 1954-1955 accompanying great singers such as Lurlean Hunter, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Audrey Morris and Carmen McRae.
On her "jazz piano tribute to Frank Sinatra," Beegie Adair addresses 12 songs performed at one time or another by Sinatra. They range from actual signature songs (Kander & Ebb's "New York, New York") to songs specially written for Sinatra ("Nice ‘N Easy," "Come Fly with Me"), all the way to songs he just happened to have recorded, even if they weren't particularly associated with him ("Just in Time," which, if anything, is known more for Sinatra pal Dean Martin's version, since he sang it in the film Bells Are Ringing, or for Tony Bennett, who had a chart single with it). In any case, the songs provide a good means for Adair, along with her rhythm section, to present swing arrangements centering on her piano.
In 1999, Collectables released I Don't Worry About a Thing/Mose Alive!, which contained two complete albums – I Don't Worry About a Thing (1962, originally released on Atlantic) and Mose Alive! (1965, originally released on Atlantic) – by Mose Allison on one compact disc.