This is an excellent compilation of Ivie Anderson recordings spanning 1932 to 1942, presented by the Best of Jazz label. With varying sound quality, as it is dependent on the era's technology, the selections still can't be beat. All of the songs are credited to Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra except "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" performed by Ivie Anderson and Her Boys From Dixie (essentially, Duke and his band). This collection is truly representative of Anderson's discography, including such favorites as "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Oh Babe! Maybe Someday," "It Was a Sad Night in Harlem," "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," and 18 more! A great disc to get if you want to hear one of the best singers of the swing era.
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AllMusic Review by Joslyn Layne