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Swings Rogers and Hart (VME)

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Fresh off their 1959 tribute to Cole Porter, Anita O’Day and arranger-conductor Billy May reunited for this program of Rodgers and Hart tunes. May once again proved that he was the only big-band leader who could keep pace with O’Day. This is probably the speediest, jumpiest set of tunes the singer ever recorded — which is saying a lot for O’Day, who moved like a gazelle. Even when conducting a gigantic band May still managed to fit little details into the tiny spaces — the flutes pop out like confetti between the measures of “Johnny One Note.” O’Day is a natural for the jaunty, moveable melodies of Rodgers and Hart — witness her dance up and down the melody of “To Keep My Love Alive” as if it were a grand staircase. Not to mention her signature scatting, which propels “Have You Met Miss Jones.” Rodgers and Hart wrote songs that were favored by squeaky-clean female vocalists. O’Day is a different breed. She invigorates the same old material with her rollicking personality and earthy sincerity. This album shows why she was in a league of her own.

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Bravo...this is another perfect album. I would name a highlight but they all are sssooooooo great, no kidding.

Masterpiece- this is the real deal!!!

One of the finest records ever recorded. A masterpiece a MUST HAVE for all jazz and vocal lovers. Seriously folks it doesn't get any better!


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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