- Released: October 1, 1996
- Label: BMG Int'l
- 1.Lady Is A Tramp - (studio)
- 2.You're Driving Me Crazy - (studio)
- 3.If I Could Be With You On - (studio)
- 4.Three O'Clock In The Morn - (studio)
- 5.(It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Al - (studio)
- 6.Thou Swell - (studio)
- 7.You Made Me Love You - (studio)
- 8.I'm Beginning To See The - (studio)
- 9.I'm Always Chasing Rainbo - (studio)
- 10.What's The Reason (I'm No - (studio)
- 11.Softly My Love - (studio)
- 12.You're Nobody 'Til Somebo - (studio)
- 13.Baby Won't You Please Com - (studio)
- 14.Moon Love - (studio)
- 15.Blue Skies - (studio)
- 16.Have You Ever Been Lonely - (studio)
- 17.Someday (You'll Want Me T - (studio)
- 18.I'll Get By - (studio)
- 19.Till The End Of Time - (studio)
- 20.Please Don't Talk About M - (studio)
- 21.Don't You Know - (studio)
- 22.Someday Sweetheart - (studio)
Personnel includes: Della Reese (vocals); Neal Hefti (arranger, conductor);
Ernie Royal (trumpet); Tyree Glenn, Urbie Green (trombone).
Recorded at RCA Studios, New York, New York and in Los Angeles, California in
October 1959. Originally released on RCA (2157). Includes liner notes by Hugo & Luigi and Lara Pellegrinelli.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Bluebird's First Editions series.
This is an anthology of favorites by actress and jazz singer Della Reese.
Della Reese was never a hardcore jazz singer. Her specialty was traditional pre-rock pop, and unlike jazz-oriented singers -- Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, among many others -- she was not improvisation-minded. Therefore, her work must be judged by pop standards instead of jazz standards. Anyone who isn't a myopic jazz snob realizes that pop standards aren't necessarily low standards; in fact, traditional pop singers like Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Tony Bennett, and the seminal Bing Crosby have had very high standards. And similarly, Reese brings high pop standards to Della. Recorded in 1959, this excellent album finds Reese backed by an orchestra that Neal Hefti arranged and conducted. Hefti's presence doesn't automatically make Della a jazz session, but he provides tasteful arrangements for a pop singer who has jazz, blues, and gospel influences. In 1959, Reese was very much in her prime, and she is quite soulful on performances of "Blue Skies," "Thou Swell," and other standards. The singer also tackles "The Lady Is a Tramp," one of the many gems that Sinatra defined. Reese, to her credit, doesn't even try to emulate Sinatra's version; instead, she provides a playful interpretation that is rewarding in its own right. ~ Alex Henderson