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  • Audio CD (13 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B00000DBYV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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O´DAY ANITA

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Anita O'Day kind of got parked behind Ella and the other few true greats amongst jazz singers. Jazz singers, that is, not band singers who swing a little. Gary McFarland, conductor and arranger and co-composer of several tracks on this album, seems to have got lost completely.

A doc about O'Day's life and music on TV recently made me get after her catalogue. A comment in the doc from her about McFarland made me search out this album.

Solid gold. Striking, unusual arrangements, with some fine solos (Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods and Zoot Sims) and some solid swing, as well as a wide variety of instrumental sound colours. Slashing brass, gentle woodwind, clashing harmonies, straight-ahead swing. O'Day on superb form - enough scat to engage those who like it but not too much to drive away those who don't. Her combination of slightly throaty cool and powerful sense of swing creates a kind of controlled burn that is irresistible. This is an album of truly great american music.

Anita O'Day - the only white singer to stand by Ella, and personally I prefer her cooler sound to Sarah Vaughan's. On this album, her dazzling virtuosity is always at the service of the song.

If the first track doesn't get a smile on your face, head on over to A&E to make sure you are not dead. (Take your MP3 player and whilst you're waiting a few hours, you can really get inside this superb album. Doctors should then be superfluous.)

It's a little cheaper on iTunes - maybe they pay their UK corporation tax, these people don't....either way, it's a steal.
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Anita O'Day had a long and productive career, effectively straddling the eras of swing, bop and cool, but there is little doubt that her finest work was that recorded during her tenure at Verve during the '50s and early 60's. This album - so often overlooked - might just be her masterpiece. Recorded in 1961, it took the singer somewhat out of her comfort zone, overdubbing her vocals onto the orchestral scores of the young Gary McFarland. The arranger - who was to die tragically during the 1970s - had already contributed charts to recordings by Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis and others. Several writers have compared McFarland's work with that of Gil Evans and while there is some similarity - the two men's preference for woodwinds rather than saxes in particular - McFarland had his own methods. The band accompanying O'Day here is full of the finest men in the New York studios of the day - Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Bob Brookmeyer, Jerome Richardson, Doc Severinson among them - and they tackle the whole project with a consistently engaging mix of subtlety and swing, inspiring the vocalist into some of her finest recorded performances.

On the one hand are the swingers - ranging from Horace Silver's Senor Blues to the inventive Up State (with a fantastic trombone outing for the now forgotten Willie Dennis), in which O'Day digs in and displays the ultra hip virtues of time and articulation that rightly made her the envy of many of her contemporaries, however, for a true glimpse at the singers emotional range, The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men is unbeatable.
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