Personnel includes: Anita O'Day (vocals); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Larry Bunker (vibraphone); Paul Smith (piano); Barney Kessel (guitar); Joe Mondragon (bass); Alvin Stoller (drums); Buddy Bregman's Orchestra.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California in 1956.
Personnel: Anita O'Day (vocals); Al Hendrickson, Barney Kessel (guitar); Bud Shank (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Herb Geller (alto saxophone); Georgie Auld, Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Giuffre (baritone saxophone); Conrad Gozzo , Conte Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison , Pete Candoli, Ray Linn (trumpet); George Roberts (trombone, bass trombone); Milt Bernhart, Frank Rosolino, Lloyd Ulyate (trombone); Paul Smith (piano); Larry Bunker (vibraphone); Alvin Stoller (drums).
Liner Note Author: Benjamin V. Franklin.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (01/04/1956-12/20/1956).
Director: Buddy Bregman.
Unknown Contributor Role: Guildhall String Ensemble.
Arranger: Buddy Bregman.
For this well-rounded CD reissue that adds nine cuts to the original program, Anita O'Day, in her prime period, is mostly heard accompanied by Buddy Bregman & His Orchestra, but there are also a few tracks on which she is joined by a jazz combo featuring trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison. Highlights include "Don't Be That Way," "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Pick Yourself Up," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and "I Won't Dance." Virtually all of Anita O'Day's 1950s recordings are recommended, for her drug use had not yet affected her voice and her creativity was generally at its height. ~ Scott Yanow