Mary Ann McCall (1919-1994) "Singers such as Mary Ann McCall are the bread and salt among all obscure and neglected female singers of Jazz & Standards." TDAss (Toilet Doctors Association) I really love Mary Ann McCall. For me she was a singer who went through a big-band school, honed her skills, created her own style, confidence and ease of performance, had distinct timbre and ability to go from smoky to husky, adding an irresistible charm to her singing. "Mary Ann McCall former big-band singer who became one of the most critically acclaimed jazz singers of the 1940s. A native of Philadelphia, she began as a singer and dancer with Buddy Morrow's band. She worked with Tommy Dorsey in 1938, with Woody Herman in 1939 and again from 1946 to 1950, and with Charlie Barnet in 1940. By the 1960s she was performing at Chubby Jackson's Estate Club in Hollywood. The late jazz expert Leonard Feather wrote of Miss McCall in his "Encyclopedia of Jazz": "Once a conventional pop singer, she evolved during the 1940s into a very convincing stylist much admired by jazzmen." The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz described her as "one of the finest jazz singers" with a style like that of Billie Holiday." I am happy to be alive to see the new releases of Mary Ann McCall in Spain and Japan. Mary Ann McCall Complete Recordings 1950-1959 2CD Fresh Sound, Spain 2016 . This 2CD set represent a great value having all 3 her LPs from the different labels (Regent 'Easy Living' 1956, Jubilee 'Detour to the Moon' 1958 and Coral 'Melancholy Baby' 1959), 11 tracks (6 Decca and Roost sides, 5 from 12" Norgan album 'An Evening with Charlie Ventura' 1954) of three different bands and a remarkable booklet. In addition to the full credit notes and the essay "Jazz Singer Mary Ann McCall" with photos, the brochure contains original liner notes with Artwork of each of the 4 albums that I mentioned. Despite such different sound sources, the sound is on a smooth and clean side at the level "Good / Very Good". Warner Japan 2016 low-price SHM release of Mary Ann Jubilee album 'Detour to the Moon' from "Jazz Masters Collection 1200", however, beat Spain release on a wide margin with unparalleled airiness, a deepness of soundstage and a wonderful bass performance. Only some abrasiveness, a tad of harshness in the very top spectrum of the trebles prevents me to place this CD in the "Best" category, leaving it at the border "Very Good" and the "Best". Thrilling, cute and young Mary Ann McCall: You've Got Me Voodoo'd by Mary Ann McCall (1940) – Vintage Halloween 1940 HITS ARCHIVE: It’s A Wonderful World - Charlie Barnet (Mary Ann McCall, vocal) Mary Ann McCall - Money is honey - Female Voices 1212 Unfortunately, my favorite Mary Ann songs: 'Sky Is Crying', 'Until the Real Thing Comes Along', 'Moonglow' and 'No Moon at All' (w/touch of avant-jazz) of the 50's are not available on yuotube, but some I found mostly from 'Easy Leaving' album: In My Solitude Mary Ann McCall - The Moon Was Yellow It's You or No One Mary Ann McCall. Easy Living Sony's Columbia, Japan released 'Easy Leaving' in Mini LP in 2006 with 24-bit remaster - hard to find. Here is review on this release: 5* "A Classy Act What a delight! Mary Ann doesn't have a "pretty" voice, but a voice with great character, style, and swing. A jazz voice that's never forced, but has a sense of style, playful timing and a unique offhand twist on the original lyrics that makes each cut her own. I've never heard anyone else do "Shake Down The Stars", but what a great cut! It's really a shame that there isn't more product out there from the wonderful Mary Ann McCall, but then we all have this terrific album. It could be even better if they remastered some more of her catalog." (2007) I'm still waiting for the Sony's reissue in the Blu-specCD2 format. Japanese SHM-CD 'Detour to the Moon' for $14.07 w/free shipping: Mary Ann McCall - Detour To The Moon [New CD] Shm CD, Japan - Import 4943674233717 | eBay P.S. Please "Click to expend" button of the rararabits' quoted post in the previous Post #1174 to watch Mary Ann Live in 60's.