Friday, August 11, 2017

An Evening with Anita

A combination of three sessions with three different small backing groups — this is an early revealing example of Anita O'Day's growth as a jazz artist since her days as a big band thrush. Her virtuosity at fast tempos is right on the dot, and she is fearlessly willing to take wide-open liberties with the melodies. The tune of "The Man I Love," and for instance, is completely taken apart and personalized ; you wouldn't even recognize it were it not for the words. O'Day also shows us her vulnerable side in a remarkable on-the-edge performance of "You Don't Know What Love Is," and she gives listeners a rare taste of her songwriting in "Anita's Blues." Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow sit in on guitar on four tracks apiece ; the other four are with piano trio. Low-key, modestly produced, this is best heard as directed — in the evening.
Richard S. Ginell

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An Evening with
Anita O'Day


1 Just One of Those Things (Porter)  2:40
2 The Gypsy in My Soul (Boland, Jaffe)  2:32
3 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:12
4 Frankie and Johnny (Cannon)  3:36
5 Anita’s Blues (O'Day)  3:25
6 I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Heyman)  3:45
7 You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me (Warren, Dubin)  2:44
8 From This Moment On (Porter)  3:11
9 You Don’t Know What Love Is (DePaul, Raye)  2:56
10 Medley  3:14
a. There Will Never Be Another You (Warren, Gordon)
b. Just Friends (Klenner, Lewis)
11 I Didn’t Know What Time it Was (Rodgers, Hart)  3:42
12 Let’s Fall in Love (Arlen, Koehler)  3:26


[# 1-4]
Anita O'Day - vc
Arnold Ross - p
Barney Kessel - g
Monty Budwig - b
Jackie Mills - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; April 15, 1954
[# 5, 6, 11 & 12]
Anita O'Day - vc
Bud Lavin - p
Monty Budwig - b
John Poole - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; June 28, 1954
[# 7-10]
Anita O'Day - vc
Jimmy Rowles - p
Tal Farlow - g
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; August 11, 1955


erasmus said...

love anita, and i've never seen this one before. you've done it again! thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you MM, superb post.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel

deGallo said...

Great post with Barney. Thank you.

blbs said...

Thank you, Mel...

My best wishes for a great 2017 to you!

Fuerte Abrazo!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Chris said...

thanks mel another great post for this year's end

hepcat said...

Many thanks!

PabloSZ said...

Many Thanks, looks great! I'll download tomorrow!

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT.........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Blue Eyes said...

Great album with Barney AND Tal, many thanks Mel for the upgrade!

Mikel Hal said...

Moltes Gracies

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. Anita is a singer who's grown on me over the years. I have no idea why it took so long - maybe just musical maturity.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

bventure said...

Lovely album, many thanks mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

thank you very much Mel!

Starchild said...

Many thanks melanchthon!

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Gracias Mel !!!
Muy buena musica nos estas brindando, eres una gran persona !!!
Daniel de Argentina.