Thursday, 12 February 2015

Art of the Cover - Anita O'Day's "Cool Heat" (1959)

A nice tinted portrait of Anita and Jimmy adorns the wonderful 'Cool Heat.

The collection showcases O'Day singing tailor-made arrangements by Jimmy Giuffre, and backed by wonderful players like Art Pepper, Frank Rosolino, Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon and Jim Hall.

Anita gives us her versions of standards like "Hooray For Hollywood" in her stylish bebop way which is cool and hot at the same time - the title of O'Day's highly recommended Verve album is, therefore, very appropriately Cool Heat.

Anita is simply one of the best post WWII jazz singers, and has one of the most appealing voices not just in jazz but across all genres of modern music.

This is an excellent collection to start with for new O' Day fans and, with original cover artwork and liner notes, a plus for O'Day fans.

An absolute must buy for any serious jazz fan.


1. Mack The Knife
2. Easy Come, Easy Go
3. Orphan Annie
4. You're A Clown
5. Gone With The Wind
6. Hooray For Hollywood
7. It Had To Be You
8. Come Rain Or Come Shine
9. Hershey Bar
10. A Lover Is Blue
11. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
12. The Way You Look Tonight

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