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Billie Holiday - A Recital By Billie Holiday (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 24bit/192kHz
Billie Holiday - A Recital By Billie Holiday (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: A Recital By Billie Holiday
Genre: Jazz, Classic Female Blues, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Grop
Release Date: 1956/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:06
Recorded: #1-3: Los Angeles, CA, April, 1952; #4-9: New York, July 27, 1952; #10-12: New York, April 14, 1954

This compilation, gathered from recordings of her New York sessions in 1954, is an excellent sampler of the skills and charms of Lady Day. While the disc may appear to be just another throw-together of Holiday hits, with nothing in particular to distinguish it from the others, the arrangements, the performances and the recordings themselves are all wonderful. Backed by tight, laid-back session musicians (Oscar Peterson plays piano on many of the tracks--check out his solo on "Lover, Come Back to Me"), Holiday here enjoys the last full flush of her talents before health and substance abuse problems claimed her voice in the late '50s.

In tracks like "He's Funny That Way" and "Softly," her raspy voice plays over melodies, caressing them, trailing off the end of phrases for emotional punctuation. Her tone is at once rich and wispy, managing simultaneously to convey vulnerability, despair, strength and sexuality. From the up-tempo swing of "Too Marvelous for Words" to the piano/vocal duo "I Thought About You, Recital is full of gems and a perfect album to put on at 3:00 in the morning.

1 If The Moon Turns Green 02:48
2 Remember 02:37
3 Autumn In New York 03:44
4 My Man 02:37
5 Lover, Come Back To Me 03:35
6 Stormy Weather 03:43
7 Yesterdays 02:54
8 He's Funny That Way 03:12
9 I Can't Face The Music 03:15
10 How Deep Is The Ocean? 03:00
11 What A Little Moonlight Can Do 03:14
12 I Cried For You 02:27

Bass – Ray Brown
Drums – Ed Shaughnessy (#10-12), Gus Johnson (#4-9), James Charles Heard (#1-3)
Guitar – Barney Kessel (#1-3), Freddie Green (#4-9), Herb Ellis (#10-12)
Organ – Oscar Peterson (#7)
Piano – Oscar Peterson
Tenor Saxophone – Flip Phillips (#2), Paul Quinichette (#4-5, 7-9)
Trumpet – Charlie Shavers (#1-2, 10-12), Joe Newman (#4-6, 8-9)
Vocals – Billie Holiday

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