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Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Drawn from Billie Holiday's recordings for Verve in 1955 and 1956, this CD presents a singer of profound intensity and inventive phrasing, an artist able to make strong musical statements with the complex, bittersweet grai... more »
Drawn from Billie Holiday's recordings for Verve in 1955 and 1956, this CD presents a singer of profound intensity and inventive phrasing, an artist able to make strong musical statements with the complex, bittersweet grain that time and experience had left on her voice. The swing tunes contain untold joys; the depths of sorrow concentrated in the ballads, such as "I Don't Want to Cry Anymore," defy description. The accompanying bands are superb, with guitarist Barney Kessel and the underrated pianist Jimmy Rowles heard throughout and Harry Edison, Benny Carter, and Ben Webster providing fills and solos that seem to effortlessly complement Holiday's voice. "Ill Wind," in particular, is a masterpiece in which the sequence from Holiday's vocals to the horn solos is in perfect sympathy. --Stuart Broomer
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A Superb CD, Buy It.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For long-time fans of Billie and new ones alike, this CD is a joy to listen to. Every track shines. Unlike other CD's I have heard, she works wonderfully with the various bands, weaving a tapestry of moods which will leave you breathless. Just buy it, you won't be sorry."