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Anita Sings the Most is a high point of 1950s jazz vocal artistry. O’Day, who was in her thirties when she recorded the album, is in top form and her backing band, the Oscar Peterson Quartet, is superb. (Peterson is a sensitive accompanist throughout and his solos are studies in virtuoso concision.) O’Day’s singing dazzles with its variety: tones might be colored by delicate vibrato or extremely pure, her voice can be silky or grainy, and her rhythmic contractions and expansions swing hard. Every moment in these masterful interpretations counts; no cut is over four minutes and O’Day and the band turn out an excellent rendition of “Stella by Starlight” in just two minutes. On the incredibly fast “Them There Eyes” bassist Ray Brown and drummer John Poole blaze away, guitarist Herb Ellis spins out a sharp solo, and O’Day electrifies with her rapid-fire singing and scatting. “Old Devil Moon” is irresistible: there are other fine versions of this standard but are any of them better? Anita Sings the Most is essential listening for jazz lovers.

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Anita Sings the Most

an aptly titled album as each cut brings the most out of this delightful and talented singer. the accompaniment by mr. peterson adds lush lines to a voice that permeates the premises.

Definitely My Cup of Tea - Anita O'Day thought by many to be in Top 5 Best All-Time Vocalist -

Anita isn't a singer...she plays music with her voice!

O'Day is more than O'Kay!!

Oh man, Anita had pipes to spare, and she loved to swing. Along with Billie, Sarah, Dinah Washington and June Christy, we had some serious female talent in Jazz, back in the day, and I think we're seeing a resurgance now with Norah, Sophie, Diane and the rest.


Born: October 18, 1919 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few female singers matched the hard-swinging and equally hard-living Anita O'Day for sheer exuberance and talent in all areas of jazz vocals. Though three or four outshone her in pure quality of voice, her splendid improvising, wide dynamic tone, and innate sense of rhythm made her the most enjoyable singer of the age. O'Day's first appearances in a big band shattered the traditional image of a demure female vocalist by swinging just as hard as the other musicians on the bandstand, best heard on...
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