Anita O'Day (vcl), Roy Kral, Arnold Ross, Jimmy Rowles, Paul Smith (p), Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow (g), Johnny Frigo, Leroy Vinnegar, Joe Mondragon (b), Jackie Mills, John Poole, Alvin Stoller (d), Larry Bunker (d, vib), Jimmy Wilson (perc)
Reference: FSRCD 581
Bar code: 8427328605816
Few vocalists merited the compliment of singers singer as thoroughly as Anita ODay. This is Miss ODay at her best. On these sides she sings accompanied by some of the finest rhythm sections, with her hotly wailing beat and an intensely personal, jazz-driven phrasing that is an exciting delight. Above all, there is the warm, husky ODay sound, a happiness, a sensual zest in the pleasures of blowing with the voice, that combine into one of the most infectious delights of jazz listening. She is just as convincing on ballads as on up-tempos, proving to be one of the greatest jazz singers of all times. These recordings are gems of jazz singing.