Album: Day by Night

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.

7/10 (Good).


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