3LPs + 11 TRACKS ON 2CDs
HI-FI / STEREO
Acknowledged as the one of the most expressive voices in jazz, singer Mary Ann McCall (1919-1994) worked with the finest jazzmen of her time, including Tommy Dorsey (1938); Woody Herman (1939-41); and Charlie Barnet (1941-43). Then, semi- retired for three years, she rejoined Herman from 1946 to 1950, and also worked as a single. After that she worked with Charlie Ventura through most of 1954 before, tiring of the music business, she returned to her New Jersey home for a few years more.
She had, however, a sizable following since her Herman and Ventura days. It led her to record Easy Living, her first LP, in 1956. Arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins and featuring the cream of East Coast jazzmen, the album garnered a 4 1/2 star Down Beat review from Nat Hentoff, who praised her horn-like jazz acumen and supple control. A second album, Detour to the Moon, followed in 1958. The album s sessions were directed by Teddy Charles who said the musicians on both dates were gassed by the way she sang . On her third and last album, Melancholy Baby, in 1959, her relaxed musicality created an aura of composure contrasting beautifully with the variety of Johnny Richards colourful arrangements.