Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Live in Tokyo '63|
Actor: Anita O'day
Director: Takao Ishizuka
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
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Cool Confident and one more reason she beat Billie Holiday i
William E Donoghue | Healdsburg CA USA | 02/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You have got to see this. Anita O'Day in Tokyo, clearly in charge and getting performances out of the Japanese band they could only imagine in their dreams. Now you can understand why she consistently beat Billie Holiday in the polls at the time. She was hot, stylish, confident and striking both vocally and personally.
I had the privilege of seeing her twice in the 1990s and especially on the earlier performance (on a double bill with Chris Connor) she still had it in spades.
It's great to finally have this DVD available to the general public to enjoy. It's in black and white but otherwise it could have been taped last year and still be exciting to watch.
She was one of a kind.
The Epitome of Cool
Terri Fawn Howard | 03/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Despite being a less than stellar transfer to DVD, Kayo's "Live in Tokyo '63" is a must-have for those of us who just can't get enough Anita O'Day. Looking glamorous, fit, and younger than her years, Miss O'Day delivers the goods on each and every song. The voice is only part of the scintillating package: hand gestures (gloved, naturally), body movement, facial expressions, good looks--all devastatingly cool. It strikes me as paradoxical that someone whose personal life was so chaotic and fraught with vice could pull herself together long enough to create a performance this flawless. Granted, she has plently of help in the form of The All-Star Orchestra and Inomata and His West Liners, both highly talented groups of jazz musicians. But not for one moment is there any doubt as to who's THE STAR here. Re-creating each song in her own lovely image, Miss O'Day manages to capture and so completely dominate the stage that one hardly cares which tunes Cole Porter wrote, and when the camera cuts away briefly to feature a soloing musician, we're just thankful that the solos are, indeed, brief. I might add that the camerawork and composition of shots throughout are phenomenal, adding even more interest and variety to the inherently intriguing entity that is Anita O'Day."
A diva in her prime
Robert W. Henderson | Nashua, NH USA | 05/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Seeing Anita O'Day perform is always a treat. She is my favorite female singer from that era.
I have to ding this DVD one point for poor video quality. It was a TV show, but I don't think they even taped it. This looks like the old kinescope recordings from the early days of TV where they just filmed a monitor while the show was going out live."
Great to see her in action
A. Nemeth | Bethlehem, PA | 06/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This dvd is awesome... the video quality is not so great... but not bad enough that I would complain. I love Anita... and seeing her perform these songs is priceless. I am the hugest fan, if you like jazz, you will love Anita. My boyfriend and I were laughing because in the second part of the video, we got the vibe that she really wanted the guys to loosen up and "jam" a bit. They were playing the songs so much "to the book" and you can see her going around the stage tring to get the guys to vibe out a bit more. She is truely the real deal."