Swings Cole Porter And Rodgers & Hart, with Billy May & His Orchestra (2 LPs on 1 CD)
  • Verve MGV 2118 Verve MGV 2118
  • Verve MGV 2141 Verve MGV 2141
  • Billy May Billy May
  • Anita O'Day Anita O'Day

Anita O'Day

Swings Cole Porter And Rodgers & Hart, with Billy May & His Orchestra (2 LPs on 1 CD)

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Anita O'Day (vcl), with Billy May & His Orchestra, feat. Conrad Gozzo, Pete Candoli (tp), Si Zentner, Lloyd Ulyate (tb), Ronnie Lang, Ted Nash (as), Gene Cipriano (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Joe Castro (p), Al Hendrickson (g), Ralph Peña (b), Irv Cottler (d)

Reference: FSRCD 618

Here is Anita ODay in excellent vocal form joining forces with Billy May, one of the most prolific arrangers of the Hollywood recording studios in the 50s and 60s.

To back her, May led three big-sized groups staffed by top musicians, and provided the swinging, tasteful charts in these two excellent albums dedicated to the songbooks of Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart. Miss ODay treats this handful of great evergreen songs in her usual compelling manner and with innate musicianship. She was gifted with a wide vocal range and a level head: that is to say, she sang smoothly without panic or strain at either extreme of her range, and remained consistently impressive in projection, phrasing, and flexibility.

There is much to groove within this set and, be it for pop or jazz fans, listening to this great singer is sure to be an incomparable musical pleasure.


Tracklisting:

01. Just One of Those Things (Porter) 2:09
02. Love for Sale (Porter) 2:44
03. All of You (Porter) 1:43
04. Easy to Love (Porter) 2:03
05. Youd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter) 1:51
06. I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter) 2:24
07. I Love You (Porter) 1:59
08. Ive Got You Under My Skin (Porter) 1:48
09. Get Out of Town (Porter) 2:32
10. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Porter) 2:32
11. Night and Day (Porter) 2:03
12. Its De-Lovely (Porter) 2:06
13. Falling In Love with Love (Rodgers-Hart) 1:27
14. Johnny One Note (Rodgers-Hart) 1:53
15. Lover (Rodgers-Hart) 2:02
16. Have You Met Miss Jones? (Rodgers-Hart) 1:53
17. Little Girl Blue (Rodgers-Hart) 3:01
18. Spring Is Here (Rodgers-Hart) 2:44
19. It Never Entered My Mind (Rodgers-Hart) 2:24
20. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Rodgers-Hart) 4:19
21. Ive Got Five Dollars (Rodgers-Hart) 1:47
22. To Keep My Love Alive (Rodgers-Hart) 3:13
23. Ten Cents a Dance (Rodgers-Hart) 2:17
24. I Could Write a Book (Rodgers-Hart) 2:09

Total time: 55:00 min.


Sources:

Tracks #1-12 originally issued on the 12" LP
"Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter with Billy May"
(Verve MGV 2118 and MGVS 6059).

Tracks #13-24 originally issued on the 12" LP
"Anita O'Day and Billy May Swings Rodgers & Hart"
(Verve MGV 2141 and MGVS 62141).




Anita O'Day sings in all tracks, with orchestra arranged
and conducted by Billy May.

Personnel on tracks #1-5:

Conrad Gozzo, Uan Rasey, Frank Beach (tp), Dave Wells, Si Zentner, Lloyd Ulyate, Ed Kusby (tb), Ronnie Lang, Wilbur Schwartz (as), Justin Gordon, Gene Cipriano (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Al Pellegrini (p), Bobby Gibbons (g), George Morrow (b) and Irv Cottler (d).

Recorded at capitol Studios, Hollywood, on April 2, 1959.


Personnel on tracks #6-12:

Conrad Gozzo, Uan Rasey, Frank Beach (tp), Dave Wells, Si Zentner, Dick Noel, Ed Kusby (tb), Skeets Herfurt, Wilbur Schwartz (as), Justin Gordon, Gene Cipriano (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Al Pellegrini (p), Tommy Tedesco (g), George Morrow (b) and Mel Lewis (d).

Recorded at capitol Studios, Hollywood, on April 9, 1959.



Personnel on tracks #13-16:

Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo, Uan Rasey (tp), Murray McEachern, Tommy Shepard, Bill Schaefer, Ed Kusby (tb), Wilbur Schwartz, Ted Nash (as), Justin Gordon, Fred Fallensby (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Joe Castro (p), Al Hendrickson (g), Ralph Peña (b) and Irv Cottler (d).

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on June 6, 1960.


Personnel on tracks #17-20:

Joe Castro (p), Al Hendrickson (g), Ralph Peña (b), Irv Cottler (d), plus string section (9 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, harp).

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on June 7, 1960.


Personnel on tracks #21-24:

Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo, Uan Rasey (tp), Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern, Tommy Pederson, Bill Schaefer (tb), Wilbur Schwartz, Ted Nash (as), Justin Gordon, Fred Fallensby (ts), Chuck Gentry (bs), Joe Castro (p), Al Hendrickson (g), Ralph Peña (b) and Irv Cottler (d).

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on June 8, 1960.



All sessions originally produced by Norman Granz.

Reissue produced by Jordi Pujol and 'Beethoven' Jean-Michel Reisser.

24-Bit Digitally Remastered


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