Mildred Bailey

The Uncollected Mildred Bailey

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Hindsight compiled selections from two (or possibly more) broadcast rehearsals transcribed by Mildred Bailey for CBS radio in 1944. Accompanied by the Paul Baron Orchestra, the singer serves as her own announcer, introducing each of the tracks. Bailey captures the essence of the numerous standards ("I'll Never Be the Same," "It Had to Be You" (humorously referred to by the singer as "Tattoo to Be You") and "Lover, Come Back to Me") which she helped to make famous, as well as chestnuts (such as "I Dream of You" and "Evalina") that have long since fallen out of favor. There are several instrumental tracks, including Coleman Hawkins' guest appearance with the orchestra for a warm rendition of "The Man I Love," Teddy Wilson on "Body and Soul," and a sextet with Wilson, Roy Eldridge, Remo Palmieri, Al Hall, Red Norvo and Specs Powell offering a lively take of "China Boy." A fairly new work by Eddie Sauter, "Four in a Bar," is also of note. Bailey's brother, Charles Rinker contributed the excellent liner notes to this valuable but long out of print LP.

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