This CD's title comes from jazz critic Leonard Feather's quip "You can trace hundreds of singers back to Anita O'Day, but you can't trace Anita back to anyone." Tunes include "Old Folks," "Ace in the Hole," "I Cover the Waterfront," "Chicago," and "What Is This Thing Called Love?"
"Quicksilver Records dug out a true treasure when it reissued Anita O'Day's Christmas of 1977 recordings session…. O'Day displays her virtuostic phrasing and silky smooth vocals on such standards as 'It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing),' 'I Cried For You,' and 'I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.' What an album of songs that have been recorded many times before does for an artist like O'Day is allow her to display her unique voice and vision.... The listener need to listen no further than to O'Day's crooning and rhythmic toying on the album's opening recording of Duke Ellington's 'It Don't Mean a Thing.' The recording sounds fresh, original and at the same time maintains much of the original form."—All About Jazz