Anita O'Day

Cabu Collection

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Anita O'Day's early career is tapped for this overview that begins in 1941 when she was attracting a lot of attention as Gene Krupa's star vocalist. Most of this two-hour compilation focuses upon her work with Krupa. "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" was recorded at an informal live jam session with members of the Stan Kenton orchestra in January 1945; the friendly atmosphere makes this a thrilling taste of what she could accomplish in the company of loosened up, improvising musicians. That's highly ironic, as O'Day didn't stick with Kenton for very long, complaining that "the band was great -- but it wasn't a swing band." She is also heard with ensembles led by Woody Herman, Alvy West, Will Bradley and Ralph Burns. Her wild scat flights during "How High the Moon" typify this extraordinary woman's abilities. As a special bonus the producers of this compilation end it with her sultry, sensuous, disarming, irresistibly cool, ritualistic rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown," presented live at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. This riveting performance, which can be seen in the film Jazz on a Summer's Day, might well be the greatest that Anita O'Day ever delivered in front of a microphone.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 2:35
3 3:24
4 3:06
5 3:08
6 2:45
7 3:27
8 2:39
9 6:05
10 2:42
11 2:58
feat: Gene Krupa
feat: Gene Krupa
feat: Gene Krupa
15 2:42
feat: Will Bradley
feat: Will Bradley
18 3:03
19 2:42
20 3:58
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