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Straight Up with a Twist
Straight Up with a Twist
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like coffee and chocolate on a Friday evening, April 17, 2005
If I were to select songs for a contemporary jazz vocal collection, I would choose 'In walked bean' from Kitty Margolis, which is a perfect representative of her work. Her humorous scat singing is something we missed in the world of jazz singing, where women are given certain stereotypical roles. The new jazz women bring their intelligence to their singing. Kitty Margolis' witty and experimental style carries her to surprising tastes such as the Indian flavoured interpretation of 'Speak Low'. You have never heard it like this before.

However, the peak of this album is unmistakably 'Wouldnt it be loverly' which is almost like coffee and chocolate on a tired but content Friday evening after a long week's work. Not to forget the contribution of Charles Brown's duet to this song. The only other song, which gives me such a similar pleasure is Betty Carter's 'When its sleepy time Down South'.

Careless Love
Careless Love
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8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars will she ever be herself?, April 17, 2005
This review is from: Careless Love (Audio CD)
There is not doubt that this CD will be a commercial success. She sounds so nice. However, she is simply Billie Holiday. You are not listening to anything new. She will be nice to listen to live but will she ever become herself in time? If Peyroux happens to get out of Billie Holiday¨s influence, then will anybody listen to her? Very nice but sad at the same time.

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
by Angela Y. Davis
Edition: Hardcover
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful analysis of Strange Fruit and Billie Holiday, March 28, 2000
If you expect to read a traditional biography you may be dissappointed. The lives of the blues women and their political messages behind their songs are discussed in one another's light. This works very well as blues is a folk music which tells many things about the black experience and most singers are song writers themselves. The section about Billie Holiday and her song Strange Fruit is one of the rare approaches to Lady Day as an artist who gave a very important political messages about racism. In other biographies Billie Holiday is always portrayed as a victim rather than a person who had an important political message. I believe this very style of her portrayal could be discussed in a feminist context and that's what Angela Davies did in this book with her vast knowledge and experience in black politics and gender issues. Some people criticize the book for being overtly political. However, I see no other way of analyzing the blues without its political context. The transcriptions of the songs also gives a documentary value to this book. It has been a great reference for my research in this field. I wish I can get in touch with Angela Davies one day and discuss her about the research she has done while preparing this book.
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