Mildred Bailey

1945-1947

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As she neared the end of her recording career, Mildred Bailey suffered from a steadily shrinking voice, but her interpretive powers were undiminished. The Classics volume 1945-1947 proves that point with a program of 25 performances backed by orchestras including Eddie Sauter's and Ted Dale's, and sidemen including vibraphonist Red Norvo (Mr. Swing to her Mrs. Swing), pianist Ellis Larkins, clarinetist Hank d'Amico, and trumpeter Dick Vance. Bailey reflects on her long professional life with a raft of melancholy standards -- "Lover, Come Back to Me," "These Foolish Things," and a tender "Can't We Be Friends?"

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 2:59
3 3:05
4 2:52
5 3:10
6 3:08
7 3:00
8 2:48
9 3:07
10 3:09
11 3:23
12 3:14
13 3:05
14 3:07
15 3:14
16 3:03
17 2:53
18 3:08
19 3:02
20 3:18
21 3:05
22
3:24
23 3:06
24 3:25
25 1:45
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