No one ever said the jazz life was easy. After the death of her bassist Charles Ables, Horn's own illness forced her to hand over piano duties to Ed Howard and Ahmad Jamal. On this autumnal set, the vocalist mourns and celebrates life in her spare, stoic and oddly powerful way. She also cuts the first truly moving, non-cloying version of "May the Music Never End." This would be Shirley Horn's final recording.