Mildred Bailey: These Foolish Things
These Foolish Things
Mildred Bailey (vocals)
The Chronological Mildred Bailey 1945-1947 (Classics 1337)
Dick Vance (trumpet), Henderson Chambers (tuba), Hank D’Amico (clarinet).
Composed by Jack Strachey, Harry Link & Holt Marvell.
Recorded: New York, December 30, 1945
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
After Decca failed to renew her recording contract in 1942, Mildred Bailey had a difficult time finding another company to take her on. In 1945 her recording career resumed. On this track, the legendary accompanist Ellis Larkins (who would later play for Ella, Chris Connor, and Eartha Kitt, among many others) provides the "tinkling piano in the next apartment." The other solo parts are dreamy, too. Although some people comment on the weakening of Bailey's voice in her later years, the ballads she recorded from 1945 show a new emotional depth and richness in the lower register.
Reviewer: Sue Russell