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Anita O'Day: The Early Years 1941-45 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Anita O'Day: The Early Years 1941-45 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
The world of jazz in the post-war era was blessed with some very special female vocalists who have left a legacy of legendary and timeless recordings – Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, among others, readily spring to mind. One name whom many jazz fans will cite among their favourites above even these luminaries is that of Anita O’Day, an artist who perhaps more than any of her contemporaries, stayed true to her jazz roots and resisted the temptation to move towards the middle ground of popular music. Perhaps more than any other jazz singer, she embraced the ethos of bebop and West Coast cool jazz, and shared some of the hard-living characteristics of her musician contemporaries. Her reputation was firmly established during her stints with Gena Krupa and Stan Kenton’s Orchestras between 1941 and 1945, and it is this formative era on which this collection focuses. It’s a great value 51-track 2-CD set which includes most of the studio sides she recorded with Krupa, and a fair proportion of those she did with Stan Kenton, and includes a few of the ‘live’ broadcast recordings she made with them. It includes the huge hit “Let Me Off Uptown”, a No. 3 in Billboard. It showcases the development of her talent while working with two of the important orchestras of the swing era, as she honed not only her distinctive vocal styling but the sharp and individual image which set her apart from the traditional big band girl singers. (Acrobat Music) 


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Anita O'Day: Let Me Off Uptown (CD: Columbia)
 


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Anita O'Day: Let Me Off Uptown (CD: Columbia)


Anita O'Day: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Anita O'Day: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
What a difference O’Day makes!! AVID Jazz here presents four classic Anita O’Day albums on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. ‘Anita Sings The Most’, ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’, ‘An Evening With Anita O’Day’ and ‘Anita’.

Born in Chicago, Anita O’Day cut her musical teeth in the 1940’s playing with the Gene Krupa Band and the Stan Kenton Band during which time she had her first widespread successes with ‘And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine’ and ‘Tampico’ which allowed her to head out on her own as a single act.

Using a wide range of musical accompanists including the Oscar Peterson Trio, Barney Kessel Jimmy Rowles, Tal Farlow and Roy Eldridge, our four classic albums highlight a unique singing talent that put Anita up there with Billie, Ella and Mildred Bailey and went on to influence such great singers as June Christy and Chris Connor. All four albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever! (AVID Entertainment) 


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Anita O'Day: Five Classic Albums Plus- Third Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
"Anita O’Day Swings Cole Porter With Billy May"; "At Mister Kelly’s"; "Trav’lin Light"; "All The Sad Young Men"; "Singin’ And Swingin" plus two Capitol singles.

What a combination for our first selection from 1959, Anita O’Day joining forces with top arranger Billy May to sing songs from one of the great American songbooks, "Anita O’Day Swings Cole Porter With Billy May". As Ms O’Day is quoted from the original liner notes….."Man, it’s a ball"…….and……. "jazz to me is singing what is happening now….and these songs have never sounded more of the moment". "At Mister Kelly’s" finds us in a live setting in Chicago in 1958 where we can witness Anita both swinging hard and catch her wry sense of humour as she tackles many little known and thus fresh new material. "Singin’ And Swingin’ with Anita O’Day" takes us back to 1947 to hear Anita’s first efforts as a soloist. As the original liner notes attest…."although they are early recordings they vibrate with a deep- throated husky voice which has become famous". Moving forward to 1961 for "Trav’lin Light" the original liner notes are full of the story of Anita’s comeback after a period of great personal trouble. As quoted….. "she rebounded in the late Fifties….she emerged as a different O’Day……her singing had changed……she reflected considerable discipline without sacrificing the inventiveness and warmth that were so much a part of her style". For our final selection, "All The Sad Young Men" we offer a 1961 Down Beat quote from the original liner notes that we feel pretty much sums up Anita’s jazz journey from young fire cracker to mature performer. "Her singing mellows and matures as the years pass. Today she remains one of the very few practitioners of the jazz art. And she makes it all sound so simple"

All five albums plus have been digitally re-mastered. (AVID Entertainment) 


Price:  £8.99 

Anita O'Day: Five Classic Albums Plus- Third Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Anita O'Day: Four Classic Albums Plus- Second Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)Anita O'Day: Four Classic Albums Plus- Second Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz presents four classic Anita O’Day albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. "Pick Yourself Up"; "Cool Heat"; "Incomparable"; "Waiter, Make Mine Blues" plus two tracks from the soundtrack of "Jazz on a Summers Day". 


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Anita O'Day: Four Classic Albums Plus- Fourth Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz presents four classic Anita O’Day albums plus, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. For our fourth set from our top selling artist Anita O’Day we have squeezed four albums plus seven singles onto a fine double CD set for your listening pleasure!

"Anita O’Day and Billy May Swing Rodgers & Hart"; "Anita O’Day & The Three Sounds"; "Anita O’Day Sings The Winners"; "Time For Two" plus seven singles. 


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Anita O'Day: Four Classic Albums Plus- Fourth Set (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)


Anita O'Day: Incomparable! + Waiter, Make Mine Blues (CD: Fresh Sound)Anita O'Day: Incomparable! + Waiter, Make Mine Blues (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


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Anita O'Day: Trav'lin' Light + All The Sad Young Men (CD: Fresh Sound)
The complete 1961 album ‘Trav’lin’ Light’ (originally on Verve), on which Anita O’Day paid tribute to Billie Holiday. The Johnny Mandel orchestra featuring Jack Sheldon, Frank Rosolino, Joe Maini, Mel Lewis, etc accompanies her on half the record while on the other half is an all-star small group including Ben Webster, Don Fagerquist, Jimmy Rowles and Barney Kessel.

Coupled with this comes an outing with striking arrangements by Gary McFarland, one of the brightest composer/arrangers to emerge from the ‘60s scene. Although it includes well worn standards the highlights are new songs by young composers. (Discovery Records) 


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Anita O'Day: Trav'lin' Light + All The Sad Young Men (CD: Fresh Sound)


Anita O'Day: Pick Yourself Up (CD: Verve)Anita O'Day: Pick Yourself Up (CD: Verve)
 


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Anita O'Day: Swings Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart With Billy May (CD: Fresh Sound)
Here is Anita O’Day in excellent vocal form joining forces with Billy May, one of the most prolific arrangers of the Hollywood recording studios in the 50s and 60s. To back her, May led three big-sized groups staffed by top musicians, and provided the swinging, tasteful charts in these two excellent albums : "Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter with Billy May" (1959) and "Anita O'Day and Billy May Swings Rodgers & Hart" (1960).

Miss O’Day treats this handful of great evergreen songs in her usual compelling manner and with innate musicianship. She was gifted with a wide vocal range. She sang smoothly without strain, and remained consistently impressive in projection, phrasing, and flexibility. (Discovery Records) 


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Anita O'Day: Swings Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart With Billy May (CD: Fresh Sound)


Anita O'Day & Billy May: Swing Rodgers And Hart (CD: Verve)Anita O'Day & Billy May: Swing Rodgers And Hart (CD: Verve)
 


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Anita O'Day: Anita Meets The Rhythm Sections (CD: Fresh Sound)
Few vocalists merited the compliment of “singer’s singer” as thoroughly as Anita O’Day. This is Miss O’Day at her best. On these 24 tracks she sings accompanied by some of the finest rhythm sections, who provide the perfect swinging backing to her intensely personal, jazz-driven phrasing that is an exciting delight. Above all, there is the warm, husky O’Day sound, a happiness, a sensual zest in the pleasures of ‘blowing’ with the voice, that combine into one of the most infectious delights of jazz listening. She is just as convincing on ballads as on up-tempos, proving to be one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. These recordings are gems of jazz singing. (Discovery Records) 


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Anita O'Day: Anita Meets The Rhythm Sections (CD: Fresh Sound)


Anita O'Day: Hot & Cool Heat (CD: Fresh Sound)Anita O'Day: Hot & Cool Heat (CD: Fresh Sound)
Anita O’Day shows in this set why her over-all feeling and delivery mark her as one of the few women in the field who could ever accurately be called a jazz singer. She was a more imaginative singer than her imitators, not merely because she was original, but also because she was much more inventive.

Two talented and utterly dissimilar arrangers contributed the imaginatively varied scores for these sessions, the first two by Buddy Bregman, the last three by Jimmy Giuffre. Reveling in the settings - the difference between hot and cool - Anita O’Day has a great time, not only on the swinging tunes, to which she contributes some trademark, zestful, inventive scatting, but also in singing ballads with a sure touch.

Backing her, Bregman and Giuffre used some of the finest Hollywood jazzmen, with Stan Getz particularly warm and lyrical on ‘I Never Had a Chance’. These are probably the best jazz sides recorded by Anita O’Day in the Fifties, and if you enjoy vocal records in the slightest bit, do yourself a favour and get this one. (Discovery Records) 


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Anita O'Day: Sings The Winners/ At Mister Kellys (CD: Jazz Track)
 


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Anita O'Day: Sings The Winners/ At Mister Kellys (CD: Jazz Track)


Anita O'Day: And The Three Sounds + Time For 2 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)Anita O'Day: And The Three Sounds + Time For 2 (CD: Essential Jazz Classics)
The LP Anita O'Day and the Three Sounds on CD for the first time in its entirety. The trio – Gene Harris, piano; Andy Simpkins, bass and Bill Dowdy, drums – provide accompaniment as well as instrumental tracks and trumpeter Roy Eldridge makes a guest appearance. Coupled with another 1962 album made with a quartet led by vibraphonist Cal Tjader. (Discovery Records) 


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