Anita O'Day (vcl), Pete & Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon (tp), Milt Bernhart, Frank Rosolino (tb), Bud Shank, Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Richie Kamuca, Jimmy Giuffre (reeds), Paul Smith, André Previn (p), B. Kessel, Jim Hall (g), G. Morrow (b), Mel Lewis (d)
Reference: FSRCD 584
Bar code: 8427328605847
Anita ODay shows in this set why her over-all feeling and delivery mark her as one of the few women in the field who could ever accurately be called a jazz singer. She was a more imaginative singer than her imitators, not merely because she was original, but also because she was much more inventive. Two talented and utterly dissimilar arrangers contributed the imaginatively varied scores for these sessions, the first two by Buddy Bregman, the last three by Jimmy Giuffre.
Reveling in the settingsthe difference between hot and coolAnita ODay has a great time, not only on the swinging tunes, to which she contributes some trademark, zestful, inventive scatting, but also in singing ballads with a sure touch. Backing her, Bregman and Giuffre used some of the finest Hollywood jazzmen, with Stan Getz particularly warm and lyrical on I Never Had a Chance.
These are probably the best jazz sides recorded by Anita ODay in the Fifties, and if you enjoy vocal records in the slightest bit, do yourself a favor and get this one.
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