Echoes of an Era sees Khan interpreting jazz standards like Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You" and Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train", as well as "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most", "All of Me", and "I Loves You Porgy". The album was originally not released as a Chaka Khan studio album (who was signed to Warner Bros. Records at the time) but as a band collaboration under the moniker Echoes of an Era and with all six performers credited on the album cover.
The album was digitally remastered and re-released by the Warner Music Group's sublabel Rhino Entertainment in 2003. The final track, "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most", included a 'bonus track' of Chaka Khan and Freddie Hubbard in an interview, and as such was extended to 16:09.
In 2011 album Forever by Corea, Clarke and White, they re-recorded "High Wire – The Aerialist" and "I Loves You Porgy" featuring Khan on vocals.