Friday, December 15, 2006

R.I.P. Anita

Heard the sad bews yesterday reading the Straight No Chaser blog (not the London magazine, an old American jazz head)

A great singer, not one for stuffy purists but full of personality. One of the first jazz artists I got into, actually - Apollo 440's Krupa inspired me to pick up a budget Krupa comp which lead me onto Anita.

She's more celebrated for her 50s recordings than her big band efforts. Versions of Early Autumn and My Funny Valentine stand out for me from this period.

And there's a beautiful and largely unknown track from the Krupa days called That's What You Think.

Sample her breathless style and some naughty (for the 40s) leg-flashing shenanigans here

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