Anita O'Day: I Want to Sing a Song


I Want to Sing a Song


Anita O'Day (vocals)


All the Sad Young Men (Verve 314 517 065-2)

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Anita O'Day (vocals),

Bernie Glow, Doc Severinsen, Herb Pomeroy (trumpets), Bob Brookmeyer, Willie Dennis, Billy Byers (trombones), Walt Levinsky (clarinet), Phil Woods (alto sax), Jerome Richardson (bass clarinet), Zoot Sims (tenor sax), Hank Jones (piano), Barry Galbraith (guitar), George Duvivier or Art Davis (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)


Composed by Gary McFarland & Margo Guryan. Arranged and conducted by Gary McFarland


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 16, 1961; Los Angeles, November-December 1961


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

After Gary McFarland's debut with Gerry Mulligan, producer Creed Taylor began giving album projects to the young arranger—one of the first being with Anita O'Day. The repertoire was an interesting mixture of non-hackneyed standards and a few originals. This song by McFarland and lyricist Margo Guryan should be better known—once you hear it, it sticks with you. The band tracks were recorded in New York, and O'Day later overdubbed her vocals in Los Angeles, but that's not at all apparent. (The singer and arranger met for the first time several years later.) Overall, this album is widely regarded as among O'Day's best.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner

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