Thursday, 27 August 2009

Anita O’Day “Anita O’Day Sings The Winners”

“Anita O’Day Sings The Winners”
( LP Verve Records, Stereo, 1958 )
Catalog # MGVS 6002
Reissue Of Verve MGV 8283

Tracklisting [LP]:
What’s Your Story, Morning Glory
My Funny Valentine
Sing, Sing, Sing
Body And Soul
The Peanut Vendor

Paich plays (p, arr). omit Garcia
Los Angeles, CA, April 2 and 3, 1958

Take The “A” Train
Four Brothers
Early Autumn
Interlude (Night In Tunisia)

Tracklisting [Reissue]:
01 Take the ‘A’ Train
02 Tenderly
03 Interlude (A Night in Tunisia)
04 Four
05 Early Autumn
06 Four Brothers
07 Sing, Sing, Sing
08 My Funny Valentine
09 Frenesi
10 Body and Soul
11 What’s Your Story, Morning Glory?
12 Peanut Vendor
13 Whisper Not
14 Blue Champagne
15 Stompin’ at the Savoy
16 Hershey Bar
17 Don’t Be That Way
18 Peel Me a Grape
19 Star Eyes

Bill Catalano, Jules Chaiken, Phil Gilbert, Lee Katzman, Sam Noto (tp)
Jim Amlotte, Bob Enevoldsen, Kent Larsen, Archie LeCoque, Ken Shroyer (tb)
Lennie Niehaus, Bud Shank (as)
Richie Kamuca, Bill Perkins (ts)
Jack Dulong (bars)
Marty Paich (p)
Red Kelly (b)
Mel Lewis (d) Anita O’Day (vo)
Russ Garcia (arr, dir)

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, April 2, 1958

For this reissue, which is greatly expanded from the original LP, Anita O’Day sings standards associated with other musicians, including “Four” (Miles Davis), “Early Autumn” (Stan Getz), “Four Brothers” (Woody Herman), “Sing, Sing, Sing” (Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa) and “Peanut Vendor” (Stan Kenton). Some of the material is unusual for a singer to interpret, but O’Day, one of the top jazz vocalists of the decade, improvises when the lyrics are not that strong (or barely exist). The backup by the Russ Garcia Orchestra is not all that memorable, but the focus is entirely on the vocalist, and O’Day really comes through.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

By Rob

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