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Billie Holiday – Lady Day


Excerpt from George Avakian’s notes on the album sleeve:
When planning this album, I had a hellish time trying to choose what I thought were the absolute cream of Billie Holiday. In the course of this wrestling, it struck me that not only were Billie’s vocals incredibly perfect, but that I could not remember a single instance of anyone playing a bad solo or even a bad phrase among the hundred or more performances I had to choose from in the golden period of her work.


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Checking over records (which was almost unnecessary, because I could still remember them almost note for note) was a rather beautiful and somewhat shattering experience. Jazz, a product of so many things – musical evolution, the social scene of a particular time, the economic atmosphere of the moment, what somebody had for breakfast that day – and none of those things will ever come together again as they did when these records were made.


“Lady Day” – Billie Holiday (voc); Ben Webster, Lester Young (ts); Johnny Hodges (as); Roy Eldridge, Buck Clayton (tr); Benny Goodman, Art Shaw (cl); John Truehart (g); Teddy Wilson (p); John Kirby (b); Cozy Cole, Joe Jones (dr); a.o.
Miss Brown To You
I Wished on the Moon
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
If You Were Mine
Billie’s Blues
I Must Have That Man!
Foolin’ Myself
Easy Living
Me, Myself and I
A Sailboat in the Moonlight
I Cried for You


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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm