Ultimate Anita O'Day

Ultimate Anita O'Day

by Anita O'DayAnita O'Day


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Verve's Ultimate series unveils a new concept in the hackneyed concept of greatest-hits collections: instead of compilation producers, these albums feature tracks selected by figures who either worked with or were influenced by the artists themselves. The results are much more than your average best-of compilations; they're closer to treatises on the immense influence those artists exerted on generations to come, documenting exactly why they were special and deserve to be remembered. Anita O'Day's Ultimate compilation was selected by Alan Paul from Manhattan Transfer, who focuses on O'Day's often revelatory bop transformations of pop standards including "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Old Devil Moon," "Them There Eyes," and "Body and Soul." The selections all make sense, considering Manhattan Transfer's attempt to transfer staid vocal-pop in their own fashion during the '80s. There are also a few inclusions from then-unavailable albums like Trav'lin Light and Anita O'Day at Mr. Kelly's, making this an above-average compilation, especially for those who already have a few Anita O'Day albums on their shelves.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1999
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731455970722
catalogNumber: 559707

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita O'Day   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Vocals
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Russ Freeman   Piano
Gene Krupa   Drums
Mel Lewis   Drums
Dave McKenna   Piano
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Joe Castro   Piano
Buddy Clark   Bass
Ronnie Lang   Alto Saxophone
Hal McKusick   Alto Saxophone
Aaron Sachs   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Shu   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Viola   Guitar
Stu Williamson   Valve Trombone
Justin Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Si Zentner   Trombone
Porcino   Trumpet
Victor Arno   Violin
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Robert Barene   Violin
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Vibes
Gene Cipriano   Tenor Saxophone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Irving Cottler   Drums
Johnny Drew   Bass
Joe Ferrante   Trumpet
Cecil Figelski   Viola
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Gibbons   Guitar
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Louis Kievman   Viola
Manny Klein   Trumpet,Violin
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Dan Lube   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Joe Maini   Tenor Saxophone
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Sam Marowitz   Alto Saxophone
George Morrow   Bass
Dick Nash   Trombone
George Neikrug   Cello
Fred Ohms   Trombone
Ralph Pena   Bass
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Nathan Ross   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Dave Wells   Trombone
Kai Winding   Trombone
Murray Kellner   Violin
Alex Murray   Violin
Joseph Livoti   Violin
Abraham Weiss   Viola
Pelligrini   Piano
John Anderson   Trumpet
John Poole   Drums

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Arranger
Ralph Blane   Composer

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Ultimate Anita O'Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First time I ever heard O'Day was on an old Big Band compilation my folks had. It was the original version of ''Let Me Off Uptown'' & I fell in love with this white girl who had soul long before Dusty Springfield, Lulu, and Janis Joplin cornered the market. A newer version of ''Uptown'' leads off this set personally (and perfectly) picked out by Manhattan Transfer's Alan Paul. Anita has such a gorgeous way with phrasing, it takes my breath away sometimes.