Doris Day with Paul Weston and His Music from Hollywood. Day by Night. Columbia CL 1053, 1957. (on vinyl, from a thrift store)
I’d never heard Doris Day before. At times she sounds almost like Billie Holiday. Other times, she sounds like a cheesy lounge singer. Weston’s arrangements are quite good, with the prerequisite 50’s Pop Swelling Violins used creatively, sometimes behaving like just another instrument in a jazz ensemble. Every song on the album is slow and quiet, and Day’s voice isn’t consistent enough to hold my attention through that, but there are a few great songs to make up for it.