Anita O`Day

The Jazz Stylings of Anita O'Day (772291)

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The Jazz Stylings of Anita O'Day

Anita O`Day

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LPS 164144

772291

JAZZ

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LP 12,39 €

180 GRAM VINYL

INCLUDES 2 BONUS

The expression “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” can be boiled down to its essence in one word: resiliency. It is often the case that people with specific disabilities learn to get around their handicap by developing other talents, and in the process create a style that is unique. This is as true in music as in any other walk of life. Just as guitarist Django Reinhardt created a highly individual style after losing two fingers from his left hand, so did the legendary vocalist Anita O’Day (1919-2006) overcome the accidental removal of her uvula (the fleshy part of the soft palate which hangs over the back of the tongue) to become one of the finest exponents of the vocal jazz genre and one of its truly original song stylists. Unable to sustain notes or use vibrato, O’Day used her clean sound to great effect and developed a fast staccato style based more on eighth and sixteenth notes than quarter notes. She also had excellent intonation, a strong understanding of harmony, a great rhythmic sense and an irrepressible swing style. Her superlative skills as an improviser made her one of the great vocal champions of the bebop movement during the late-forties and fifties. Anita’s discography contains a total of 187 separate studio sessions or live recordings between 1941 and 2005, of which, 89 were released under her own name. While the singer gained fame with the likes of Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton and Benny Goodman, her 17 albums recorded between 1952 and 1962 for Norman Granz’s Clef and Verve labels are what secured her place as one of the great divas of jazz. This LP comprises some of her very best recordings from that period.

PERSONNEL:

  • A1 & A6: Buddy Bregman’s Orchestra.
  • Los Angeles, December 8, 1955.
  • A2, A4, B2 & B5: Marty Paich Orchestra.
  • Los Angeles, April 3, 1958.
  • A3: Johnny Mandel’s Orchestra.
  • Los Angeles, January 18, 1961.
  • A5 & B1: Buddy Bregman’s Orchestra.
  • Los Angeles, December 20, 1956.
  • A7 & A9: The Three Sounds: Gene Harris (p), Andy Simpkins (b), Bill Dowdy (d).
  • New York, October 15, 1962.
  • A8: Joe Masters (p), Eldee Young (b), John Poole (d).
  • Live at Mister Kelly’s Restaurant, Chicago, April 27, 1958.
  • B3 & B8: Bill Holman’s Orchestra.
  • Los Angeles, August 16, 1960.
  • B4 & B6: Oscar Peterson (p), Herb Ellis (g), Ray Brown (b), John Poole (d).
  • Chicago, January 31, 1957.
  • B7: Cal Tjader (vib), Bob Corwin (p), Freddy Schreiber (b), Johnny Rae (d), Wilfredo Vicente (cga).
  • Los Angeles, February 27, 1962.
  • B9: Red Nichols (cnt), Moe Schneider (tb), Heinie Beau (cl, arr), Benny Carter (as), Eddie Miller (ts) Jess Stacy (p), Barney Kessel (g), Morty Corb (b), Gene Krupa (d).
  • Columbia studio pre-recordings for the soundtrack of the film The Gene Krupa Story, Los Angeles, December 23, 1959.

TRACKS:

  • SIDE A
  • A1. HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
  • A2. FOUR
  • A3. TRAV’LIN’ LIGHT
  • A4. FOUR BROTHERS
  • A5. SWEET GEORGIA BROWN
  • A6. YOU’RE THE TOP
  • A7. FLY ME TO THE MOON
  • A8. TEA FOR TWO
  • A9. WHISPER NOT (*)
  • SIDE B
  • B1. STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY
  • B2. TAKE THE “A” TRAIN
  • B3. EASY LIVING
  • B4. OLD DEVIL MOON
  • B5. INTERLUDE (A NIGHT IN TUNISIA)
  • B6. ‘S WONDERFUL / THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
  • B7. UNDER A BLANKET OF BLUE
  • B8. SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE
  • B9. MEMORIES OF YOU (*)
  • (*) Bonus tracks: Not included on the original LP configuration.