Entitled Recital, this disc compiles numbers from 1952 and 1954 which were recorded with various accompanists. The musicians themselves kept a low profile out of respect for Billie Holiday; even Oscar Peterson shows himself to be a sensitive accompanist, while Paul Quinichette demonstrates that he is a very capable replacement for Lester Young. In this repertoire taken from musical and songbooks from 1921 to 1935, “Lady Day” manages to convey her personality and life story – even in the softest of songs! Those with quick tempi, too, such as What A Little Moonlight Can Do – one of the outstanding numbers here – shine out with a personal touch. It is not only young talented singers who should listen to these masterpieces at least a dozen times per week – these gems will delight the passive music lover too.
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Darn That Dream
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
Moonlight in Vermont