Anita O'Day


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In 1998 the Giants of Jazz label released a collection drawing upon seven different Verve albums by Anita O'Day (1919-2006), a skilled and at times somewhat formidable vocalist who had the kind of chops and temperament usually associated with trumpeters, drummers, and booking agents. Recorded in early December 1955, "Honeysuckle Rose" first appeared on the album This Is Anita; technically speaking, this track falls outside of this collection's stated timeframe of 1956-1962. "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Don't Be That Way" come from Pick Yourself Up, an LP that took almost all of 1956 to create. "Star Eyes" as well as tracks one through seven were taken from Anita O'Day Sings the Winners, a 1958 release that found her backed by a somewhat slick orchestra under the direction of Russ Garcia. Anita O'Day seems to have spent a lot of time in the recording studios during April 1959; during that month she made a Cole Porter album with Billy May (cuts 13 through 21) and collaborated with Jimmy Giuffre on the Cool Heat album, from which "Hershey Bar" was extracted. During 1962 this stunning woman made an LP with Gene Harris and the Three Sounds (see track eight "Whisper Not") and teamed up with vibraphonist Cal Tjader on the marvelous Time for Two album, the source for her rendition of Dave Frishberg's pleasantly smutty opus, "Peel Me a Grape."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
feat: Marty Paich
02:52 Amazon
feat: Marty Paich
03:11 Amazon
feat: Marty Paich
02:26 Amazon
4 03:37 Amazon
5 03:32 Amazon
6 03:50 Amazon
7 02:42 Amazon
feat: The 3 Sounds
02:57 Amazon
9 03:20 Amazon
10 02:08 Amazon
11 02:34 Amazon
12 03:06 Amazon
feat: Billy May
02:10 Amazon
feat: Billy May
02:45 Amazon
feat: Billy May
02:05 Amazon
feat: Billy May
02:23 Amazon
feat: Billy May
02:32 Amazon
feat: Billy May
02:02 Amazon
feat: Billy May
02:32 Amazon
feat: Billy May
01:51 Amazon
feat: Billy May
02:06 Amazon
22 03:13 Amazon
23 02:52 Amazon
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