Anita O’Day: Keep the Coffee Coming (2006)
The disc is kicked off with three tunes recorded with a Ralph Burns group including Roy Eldridge, Budd Johnson and Cecil Payne. On these, O'Day spars well with Eldridge, her old friend from the Swing Era. Here the two find themselves in the coda of bebop, not straying too far from their swing roots, but far enough for the listener to believe the two had been listening. O'Day's scatting on "Lover Come Back to Me shows the artists exciting approach to jazz in her salad days. On "Lullaby of the Leaves O'Day's singing bears a dense resemblance to Billie Holiday. She delivers "Love for Sale in a smart, envelope-pushing manner.
And so the remainder of the disc goes. This is definitely great Anita O'Day, but there is precious little information in the recording's documentation to set these performances apart from her future, better-known Verve recordings.
Track Listing: Lover Come Back To Me; Lullaby Of The Leaves; Love For Sale; Speak Low; Strawberry Moon; Pagan Love Song; Ain't This A Wonderful Day; Somebody's Cryin'; Vaya Con Dios; The Gypsy In My Soul; Anita's Blues; I Cover The Waterfront; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; From This Moment On; You Don't Know What Love Is; You're The Top; Who Cares; I Can't Get Started; Fine And Dandy; As Long As I Live.
Personnel: Anita O’Day: vocals, plus others. Tracks 1-3: Roy Eldridge: trumpet; Bill Harris: trombone; Budd Johnson: tenor saxophone; Cecil Payne: baritone saxophone; Ralph Burns: piano; Al McKibbon: bass; Don Lomond: drums. Tracks 4-5: Roy Kral: piano; Earl Backus: guitar; Johnny Frigo: bass; Robert Lionberg: drums; Jim Wilson: banjo. Track 6: Arnold Ross: piano; Barney Kessel: guitar; Monty Budwig: bass; Jackie Mills: drums. Tracks 7-8: Bud Lavin: piano; Monte Budwig: bass; John Poole: drums. Tracks 9-12: Johnny Rowles: piano; Tal Falow: Guitar; Leroy Vinegar: bass; Larry Bunker: drums. Tracks 13-14: Buddy Bergman’s Orchestra. Tracks 15-17: Paul Smith: piano; Barney Kessel: Guitar; Joe Mondragon: bass; Alvin Stoller: drums.
Record Label: FiveFour