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Billie Holiday – Body And Soul -45


Small jazz groups brought out the best in Billie Holiday – especially groups as good as the one heard on this classic 1957 recording. Ben Webster, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison and the other members of this stellar ensemble were not just gifted soloists but sensitive accompanists as well. ‘Lady Day’ was rarely more ably supported than she was on this program of sturdy standards, including three gems by the Gershwin brothers – and she rarely sounded more luminous.

Recording: in mono

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If ever there was anyone who had the right to sing these songs, then it must be Billie Holiday! For who else has experienced the destruction of body and soul? No matter whether the injuries came from without or within: she could express her emotions and feeling in each and every song. Shortly before the end of her career – her personality had been destroyed through alcohol, drugs and failed relationships – she entered the Verve studio where she recorded the most moving versions ever of these eight songs.


1. Body And Soul
2. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
3. Darn That Dream
4. Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
1. Comes Love
2. Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
3. Embraceable You
4. Moonlight In Vermont


Additional information

Weight 1.6 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 3.0 cm