Anita O'Day and Billy May Swing Rodgers and Hart

Anita O'Day and Billy May Swing Rodgers and Hart

by Anita O'Day

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Overview

Anita O'Day and Billy May had met before, on a glorious 1959 date swinging Cole Porter, before they reconvened just 14 months later to do similar damage to the songbook of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. While Porter songs such as "Just One of Those Things" and "I Get a Kick out of You" translated well to the high-energy treatment of May's brassy arrangements and O'Day's spitfire performances, Rodgers & Hart were a more difficult proposition. Broadway fans could understandably fear that O'Day and May would pulverize the waltzing balladry of Rodgers as well as Hart's intricate wordplay. They should have realized that, like the breakneck yet technically perfect performances of bop originators Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, O'Day would miss no subtleties -- and would probably add some of her own -- while she graced these energized versions of American pop classics. Anita O'Day and Billy May Swing Rodgers and Hart begins on a high note, with the absolutely frenetic "Johnny One Note," and finds May unsurprisingly goosing several of Richard Rodgers' wonderful waltzes, including a version of "Lover" that provides the excited American equivalent of Peggy Lee's bustling, exotic hit version of the same song. Despite her technical gifts, Anita O'Day still sings a ballad very sweetly, as on "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," although she predictably can't help scatting out the song. She also delivers just the perfect amount of man-killer tartness on the obscure serial-killer tale "To Keep My Love Alive."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498621035
catalogNumber: 000235302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita O'Day   Primary Artist,Vocals
Billy May   Conductor
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Joe Castro   Piano
Stan Levey   Drums
Justin Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Irving Cottler   Drums
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Ralph Pena   Bass
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Bill Schaeffer   Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz   Alto Saxophone
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Fred Falensby   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Ted Nash   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Billy May   Arranger
Russell Garcia   Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Robbie Cavolina   Reissue Producer
Merle Shore   Art Direction
Hollis King   Art Direction
George Jerman   Cover Photo
Lawrence Stewart   Liner Notes
Stephanie Stein Crease   Note Editing

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