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Published on Feb 6, 2011
http://www.ritareys.eu Rita Reys with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, playing Taking A Chance On Love. The recording was made for Rita's 1956 Columbia album The Cool Voice Of Rita Reys, which was produced by George Avakian. The recording sessions took place in May and June 1956, at Columbia Studios in New York. This track of Taking A Chance On Love features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor sax, Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Art Blakey on drums.
In 2004 George Avakian spoke with jazz journalist Bert Vuijsje, author of Rita Reys: Lady Jazz, about the recording sessions with Rita and The Jazz Messengers, and told him: "Rita could really swing. It was the swinging quality of her phrasing that persuaded me, and which also impressed the musicians. They recognized right away that she could stay right with them. That is exactly what happened on that record, and everybody can still hear it today".
Taking A Chance On Love is a popular song from the Great American Songbook, by Vernon Duke with lyrics by John Latouche and Ted Fetter. It was also recorded by Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Barbra Streisand and more recently Jane Monheit.