We have always admired Della Reese’s singing and were enormously pleased when the opportunity came fur as to bring her to RCA. We began her RCA history with a single recording, Don’t You Know, that underlined her warm, lyrical quality in ballads. In preparing her first album for as we felt that new Della’s considerable capacities for swinging should be given freedom.
We decided on Neal Hefti as the arranger and conductor for these sessions because he has the range of experience and insight as well as the technical skills to provide exactly the right complement to Della’s style.
Our role as A&R men is to arrange marriages – between a song and an artist, between an artist and an arranger. We wanted to take special can with Della’s first RCA album, and accordingly we bad at least half a dozen conferences with Neal before he even began to write.
Della was on the West Coast during some of the preparatory sessions. We’d arrange for her to be in a studio with a piano, call her, discuss the tunes and arrangements, and she in turn would send us tapes of her ideas.
Label: RCA RD27167