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Anita O'Day / This Is Anita

Anita O'Day / This Is Anita

by Hajime 14. January 2007 01:24

New arrival at Eastwind Import

This is a definitive, arguably the best record of the late Anita O'Day. Recorded in 1955 for Norman Granz's Verve Records, O'Day here is backed by a small combo plus strings arranged and conducted by the talented Buddy Bregman. The West Coast all-star rhythm section consisting of Paul Smith, Barney Kessel, Joe Mondragon and Alvin Stoller keeps the entire program swinging.

In the bright opener "You Are the Top," O'Day changes the lyrics to drop the names of prominent jazz musicians. Her swinging "Honeysuckle Rose" is one of the definitive interpretations of this Fats Waller tune. Sensitive "A Nightingale Sant in Berkeley Square" is devastatingly beautiful.

As long as I know, this wonderful album (mono recording) is not available as a CD in the US, which is a shame. Since this is one of my favorite albums that I have enjoyed for many years, I decided to import the recently remastered CD directly from Japan. If you are a fan of Anita O'Day, you cannot NOT have this CD in your collection!

Please visit Eastwind Import for details.




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