Anita O'Day: Yesterdays




Anita O'Day (vocals)


Waiter, Make Mine Blues (Universal 9288)

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Anita O'Day (vocals), Dicky Wells (trombone), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Bud Shank (alto sax), Al McKibbon (bass), Mel Lewis (drums),

Harry Betts, Ken Shroyer (trombone); Jeff Clarkson (piano), Al Hendrickson (guitar)


Composed by Jerome Kern & Otto Harbach. Arranged by Russ Garcia


Recorded: Los Angeles, August 1, 1960


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Decades before recycling became fashionable, Russ Garcia was doing his part, reworking an arrangement of "Con Alma," written for Oscar Peterson's Swinging Brass (1959), into a chart for another Verve album, this one by Anita O'Day. Thus did yesterday's Garcia arrangement become Garcia's arrangement of "Yesterdays." O'Day, however, had a tougher row to hoe, since she was stuck with the preposterous 1933 lyric by a former English professor. "Joyous, free, and flaming life," it goes, "forsooth was mine." Forsooth? Get thee uptown, Otto! Somehow, out of this emerges a hip and highly enjoyable track. Please recycle.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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