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The Essential Billie Holiday
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Audio CD, February 2, 2011
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I won't get into the darker aspects of Lady's life; those who are into Billie Holiday are all too familiar with that, and for those who aren't, I strongly suggest you read her autobiography, "Lady Sings The Blues". This concert, taped in November of 1956, just three years before her death in July of 1959, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lady was indeed on top that night, the most honest JAZZ singer this backwards country ever produced.
I stress the word jazz because so many people tend to categorize Lady as a blues singer, something that she herself to a degree took humbrage to. Out of the hundreds of songs she recorded, less than a handful were stamped with letter, if not spirit of the blues. Don't believe me, listen with your own ears and judge for yourself, then you'll know what I'm talking about.
Every song has such feeling and presence it gives me goose bumps.
I can't really say more than this CD supercedes anything I have heard in a long time. A definite gem.
All I can say is if I could give 20 stars to Billie I would. This is a can't miss for your music collection.
than she usually did at this stage of her short life. She sings with feeling and conviction, and her voice is flexible enough,
but with additional sad sound...
The back up is excellent:
Karl Drinkard (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Carson Smith (b), Chico Hamilton (dm)
Roy Eldridge (tp) and Coleman Hawkins (ts)
Buck Clayton (tp), Tony Scott (cl), Al Cohn (ts)
Now there's this matter of tracks where a journalist reads excerpts from her sham autobiography: one jazz historian said that there's no doubt Billie didn't write it - the question is has she even read it.
However, if you're a jazz FAN, or, better yet BILLIE FAN, this additional pieces of mythology might be quite entertaining (thery are for me). There's some musical backup to the reading - on the first track, apparently, Tony Scott ruminates on the piano, with Hamilton on the drums.
But even if you don't like this reading part, there's enough of excellent Holiday to keep you listening.
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Classic but the commentator sounds like Studs Turkle, not the person whose name appear on the liner notes.Published 20 months ago by Dean Bekken
Billie Holiday live at Carnegie Hall speaks for itself. This is a must. For some she may not be spot on but this is the legend and live and I like it.Published on October 12, 2012 by jack goldman