Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin (1958/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin (1958/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 40:14 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia Records

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, as many of Lady Day’s songs are as well known today as they were decades ago. Holiday’s poignant voice is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz voices of all time.

After years on Norman Granz’s Clef/Norgran/Verve group of labels, and impressed by arrangements she had heard by Ray Ellis, Holiday cut this album for Columbia in 1958. A highwater mark of her career, Lady In Satin served as Billie’s second to last studio effort and final album released during her lifetime. The results are a very smooth, velvety set of tunes that go down like a twelve year old single-malt scotch. Standouts include “I Get Along Without You Very Well” and “You’ve Changed.”

This was Billie Holiday’s penultimate album, recorded when her body was telling her enough was enough. During the sessions with arranger Ray Ellis she was drinking vodka neat, as if it were tap water. Despite her ravaged voice (the sweetness had long gone), she was still an incredible singer. The feeling and tension she manages to put into almost every track set this album as one of her finest achievements. “You’ve Changed” and “I Get Along Without You Very Well” are high art performances from the singer who saw life from the bottom up. –AllMusic Review by Rovi Staff

01. Billie Holiday – I’m A Fool To Want You (03:29)
02. Billie Holiday – For Heaven’s Sake (03:32)
03. Billie Holiday – You Don’t Know What Love Is (03:53)
04. Billie Holiday – I Get Along Without You Very Well (03:04)
05. Billie Holiday – For All We Know (02:58)
06. Billie Holiday – Violets For Your Furs (03:30)
07. Billie Holiday – You’ve Changed (03:23)
08. Billie Holiday – It’s Easy To Remember (04:06)
09. Billie Holiday – But Beautiful (04:34)
10. Billie Holiday – Glad To Be Unhappy (04:13)
11. Billie Holiday – I’ll Be Around (03:27)

Billie Holiday, vocals
Ray Ellis, conductor
Claus Ogermann, arranger
George Ockner, violin and concertmaster
Emmanual Green, Harry Hoffman, Harry Katzmann, Leo Kruczek, Milton Lomask, Harry Meinikoff, David Newman, Samuel Rand, David Sarcer, violin
Sid Brecher, Richard Dichler, viola
David Soyer, Maurice Brown, cello
Janet Putman, harp
Danny Bank, Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque, Tom Parshley, flute
Mel Davis, trumpet (solos on “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and “But Beautiful”)
Billy Butterfield, Jimmy Ochner, Bernie Glow, trumpet
J.J. Johnson, trombone (solos on “I’m a Fool to Want You” and “It’s Easy to Remember”)
Urbie Green, trombone (solos on “Glad to be Unhappy” and “I Get Along Without You Very Well”)
Jack Green, trombone
Tommy Mitchell, bass trombone
Mal Waldron, piano
Barry Galbraith, guitar
Milt Hinton, bass
Osie Johnson, drums
Elise Bretton, Miriam Workman, backing vocals


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