Anita O'Day: Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina
Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina
Gene Krupa Orchestra
Let Me Off Uptown: The Best of Anita O'Day (Columbia/Legacy 65625)
Norman Murphy, Torg Halten, Graham Young, Shorty Sherock (trumpets), Pat Virgademo, Jay Kelliher, Babe Wagner (trombones), Clint Neagley, Mascagni “Musky” Ruffo (alto saxes), Walter Bates (tenor sax), Sam Musiker (clarinet, tenor sax), Bob Kitsis (piano), Ray Biondi (guitar), Ovid “Biddy” Bastien (bass).
Composed by Sunny Skylar, Bette Cannon & Arthur Shaftel.
Recorded: New York, March 19, 1941
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
For a 60-mile stretch along North Carolina's southwest border, going a little bit south puts you in Georgia. Anita O'Day, however, leaves no doubt she's pining for South Carolina, where paradise awaits. This perky, pleasant track illustrates how close to the tree Gene Krupa fell when he left Benny Goodman to form his own band, which resembles a worthy edition of B.G.'s ensemble, right down to Sam Musiker's Goodman-styled clarinet solo. (Talk about being born into one's occupation: Musiker is German for musician!)
While just a little bit south of a Swing Era classic, this track is nonetheless cheerfully representative.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz