Carter, who predominantly worked with young musicians at this stage of her career, was accompanied by an established trio of pianist Geri Allen, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The trio would reunite a year later with Carter for a performance at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and after Carter's death, for Allen's 2004 album, The Life of a Song.
The audio of the concert was recorded by the BBC, and to amounted 105 minutes. Carter only chose to release ten of the fourteen tunes performed, and the released concert amounted to less than an hours worth of music.
In his review for Allmusic.com, Daniel Gioffre gave the album two and a half stars out of five. Gioffre praised Carter's accompanists, describing Dave Holland's "...unerring sense of melody and pitch", Jack DeJohnette as "...nothing less than explosive, punctuating the solo statements of his bandmates with powerful flurries", and likened Geri Allen to fellow pianist Keith Jarrett, praising her solo on "Love Notes". Gioffre's wrote that Carter's "...vocal improvisations are on par with any instrumentalists," and described her "...dancing around the music with impeccable phrasing, dropping low into her register for punctuation" on "Lover Man" as "...heady, hypnotizing stuff." Gioffre reserved criticism for the length of some tracks and that the "...quality of the music itself tends to wander a bit."
New York Magazine described the album as a "live state-of-jazz-vocals address" and Carter as "probably the most agile jazz singer alive."