V/A / Yes, Indeed! -CD *Delmark 554
Della Reese’s first recordings, from June 30, 1953, were never issued by United. The Jimmy Hamilton Orchestra (mostly from Duke Ellington’s Orchestra) accompanies Della on “Yes Indeed”, “Blue And Orange Birds And Silver Bells” (both on a rare out-of-print LP), the unissued “There Will Never Be Another You” plus an unissued alternate of the title track. Also featured are jazz vocals by Bixie Crawford (with Joe Newman & Charlie Fowlkes), Terri Timmons, Betty Mays (with J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding), Helen Fox (with Jimmy Coe), Jewel Belle (with Chris Woods), Vanita Smythe, Debbie Andrews and Helen Thompson. Contains many previously unissued performances.