Anita O' Day Single, Import
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She's been called 'one of the best jazz singers who ever lived' renowned for a remarkable sense of rhythm and a fearless approach to taking risks with her music. This collection contains 22 of her remarkable recordings from the 1940s. They sound as good as they did half a century ago.
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This film is full of memorable moments but one o the best is Anita O'Day in elegant long frock, high heels, wide-brimmed hat and elbow-length white gloves wowing the crowd with her remarkable version of 'Sweet Georgia Brown'.
Well, you have that and more on this disc. If you love jazz singing then this is some of the finest.
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"The texture of her voice has grown deeper. She performs wonders mystifying and moving the listen at the same time." - Ronald Atkins, London Guardian
Five INCOMPARABLE Stars. This excellent compilation recording features one of the greatest singers in jazz and an NEA Jazz Master, Anita O'Day. In a studio setting with an assemblage of different trio personnel and a duo: the common factor among all tracks is drum master John Poole who pushes things along nicely on "Anita O'Day and Rhythm Section". There is another similarly titled Anita O'Day album with a different lineup of songs. Herein Anita sings outstanding very personal interpretations of swingers, bossa novas, and ballads from the Great American Songbook and hits from the 1960s.
The recording kicks off with a sizzling uptempo version of "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and later "I Get A Kick Out of You" with the duo of George Morrow on double bass and John Poole on brushes demonstrating his considerable expressive skill at skinning the snares and tom toms, as O'Day sings and scats with abandon, inserting quotes freely, then trading 4's with Poole and Morrow. The bossa nova "So Nice Samba" (aka Summer Samba) has O'Day staying close to the lyrics and adding her own flair. "My Funny Valentine", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" has O'Day backed by the great Kirk Lightsey on piano along with John Dana on double bass, and the ubiquitous Mr Poole on drums, providing very inventive solos and sensitive support to O'Day's emotional vocal arc on these familiar standards. O'Day's striking interpretations of the Dionne Warwick hit "Walk On By" has Ray Dewey on piano and the Toots Thielemans hit jazz waltz "Bluesette" has Betty Loo on piano holding firm as O'Day challengingly stretches time. The 'longer than most' "Fly Me To The Moon" gets a very distinctive rendition of the Sinata classic from O'Day taking it through different tempos backed by George Ingdah on piano with an excellent, bluesy solo, Ramon Dylang on string bass, and Poole on drums which was recorded live. "(On) Green Dolphin Street" has O'Day singing the rare verse and scatting nicely as the tempo shifts between latin and 4/4 swing with a nice solo from bassist Dylang. Billy Strayhorn's immortal "Lush Life" gets a ringing interpretation by Anita with Stan Tracy on piano, Lennie Bush on bass, along with Poole. This is an excellent compilation that demonstrates the expressiveness, finesse, and inventiveness of the great jazz diva, Anita O'Day. "Her gloves wait quietly for the next set." - from the unidentified liner notes. Produced by Ray Avery and George Hocutt. Mastered by Cecil Charles. Highly Recommended. Five DELIGHTFUL Stars. (Glendale Records. Some material originally issued on Anita O'Day records. 12 tracks. Time-34:28.)