In a Mellow Tone

In a Mellow Tone

by Anita O'Day



It is extremely difficult for a vocalist to hide his or her age while singing. Anita O'Day, 69 at the time of this recording, no longer sounded like she had in 1959, but this was actually her best all-around set in several years. O'Day still retained her highly appealing phrasing and most of her range; she still took chances (her version of "I Cried for You" is a good example), and she sounded happy to be alive, having beaten the odds. Gordon Brisker's creative arrangements for the backup group (which consists of his tenor and flute, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Brian Bromberg, drummer Frank Capp, percussionist Dave Black, and on a few songs the harp of Corky Hale) allow room for plenty of concise solos. On "Anita's Blues," one can almost feel the years dropping away as O'Day hints at her recordings from the 1940s. This fine CD is definitive of Anita O'Day's later years and worth investigating.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/1992
Label: Drg
UPC: 0021471520927
catalogNumber: 5209

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita O'Day   Primary Artist
Brian Bromberg   Bass
Frank Capp   Drums
Pete Jolly   Piano
Gordon Brisker   Synthesizer,Flute,Conductor,Saxophone
Corky Hale   Harp
David Black   Percussion

Technical Credits

Brian Bromberg   Contributor
Frank Capp   Contributor
Pete Jolly   Contributor
Gordon Brisker   Arranger,Contributor
Corky Hale   Contributor
Anita O'Day   Contributor
Hugh Fordin   Producer
James Mooney   Engineer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Ferde Grofé   Composer
David Black   Contributor

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