Let Me Off Uptown

Let Me Off Uptown

by Anita O'Day

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Overview

The 1999 reissue of this title (CK 65625) is a major addition to Anita O'Day's catalog and, secondarily, to Roy Eldridge's and Gene Krupa's CD profile. Anyone who has heard the previous releases of Krupa's music from the early '40s on Columbia and OKeh knows how problematic they are -- the masters sound rough, and the band wasn't half as good as O'Day or trumpet man Roy Eldridge, who came aboard just about when O'Day did and deserves as much credit for its success as she does. Every previous CD release has had a harsh sound and texture that made listening to O'Day, fine as she was, a chore in that setting. Not so this edition, which is sweet and almost lyrical in timbre and brings forth the sultry quality in her singing. O'Day was always known for her "rhythm numbers," and most of this CD just bounces along with a sound that's not too far removed from rhythm & blues, as she and the band keep the beat moving. Reissue producer Nedra Olds-Neal has made the stuff truly sound better than it did on the day of its release, balancing the percussive texture of Krupa's work (and his brief drum solo on "Green Eyes" is a complete mistake), the band's fundamentally broad sound, and O'Day's sweet, sultry tone and sexy enunciation. On "Slow Down" you can even make out the cymbals clearly over the ensemble passages, the detail is so crisp, but there's also a smoothness to the sound that the digital remastering this time out has rescued. The result is a CD that's not only essential to any of O'Day's fans, but to Eldridge's audience (check out his acrobatics on "Watch the Birdie") and Krupa's fans as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/1996
Label: Pearl
UPC: 0727031104629
catalogNumber: 1046

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita O'Day   Primary Artist,Vocals
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Vocals
Gene Krupa   Bass,Drums,Track Performer
Charlie Ventura   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Bothwell   Alto Saxophone
Dick Taylor   Trombone
Charlie Kennedy   Tenor Saxophone
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Joe Koch   Alto Saxophone
Mickey Mangano   Trumpet
Sam Musiker   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Pedersen   Trombone
Milt Raskin   Piano
Tony Russo   Trumpet
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Buddy Stewart   Vocals
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
Teddy Walters   Guitar
Graham Young   Trumpet
Leon Cox   Trombone
Edward Mihelich   Bass
Teddy Napoleon   Piano
Clint Neagley   Alto Saxophone
Mascagni Ruffo   Alto Saxophone
Walter Bates   Tenor Saxophone
Beck   Trumpet
Ray Biondi   Guitar
Don Brassfield   Tenor Saxophone
John Grassi   Trombone
Torg Halten   Trumpet
Jay Kelliher   Trombone
Rex Kittig   Alto Saxophone
Sam Listengart   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Migliore   Alto Saxophone
Norman Murphy   Trumpet
Joe Springer   Piano
Harry Terrill   Alto Saxophone
Babe Wagner   Trombone
Buddy Wise   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Bastien   Bass
Pat Virgadamo   Trombone
Adrian Tei   Alto Saxophone
Frank Worrell   Guitar
Greg Phillips   Trombone
Nick Gaglio   Trombone
Vince Hughes   Trumpet
Irving Lang   Bass
Ed Yance   Guitar

Technical Credits

Earl Bostic   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Teddy Hill   Composer
Johnny Miller   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Eddie Rivera   Composer
Tony Watts   Producer,Liner Notes
Nilo Menendez   Composer
Adolfo Utrera   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Arthur Shaftel   Composer
Vernier Bauer   Composer
Kay Werner   Composer
Eddie Woods   Composer
Rob Bauer   Composer
Sue Werner   Composer
H. Nemo   Composer

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