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Billie Holiday – Velvet Mood (1956/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Billie Holiday – Velvet Mood (1956/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 00:37:38 minutes | 1,62 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © The Verve Music Group
Recorded: August 23, 25 1955

Long out-of-print, Billie Holiday’s brilliant 1956 LP, Velvet Mood, released on Clef (soon-to-be Verve) Records, captures the 41-year-old Holiday backed by a sextet that featured Benny Carter on alto sax and Harry “Sweets” Edison on trumpet. Although hard living had already begun to take its toll on Holiday (who died just three years later), she was still a huge international star at this time, giving sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall and touring Europe. 1956 also marked the year that her legendary biography, Lady Sings the Blues was released.

“… Holiday could still sing better than most, her sense of rhythm still mostly intact, her unusual timbre still there (perhaps even a bit more idiosyncratic with age) and still able to tell the story of any song. And what songs she was given for these sessions: there isn’t a dud in the bunch.” –All About Jazz

1 Prelude To A Kiss 05:36
2 When Your Lover Has Gone 04:59
3 Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone 04:22
4 Nice Work If You Can Get It 03:52
5 I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues 05:53
6 What’s New 04:19
7 I Hadn’t Anyone Till You 04:05
8 Everything I Have Is Yours 04:32

Billie Holiday, vocals
Benny Carter, alto saxophone
Harry Edison, trumpet
Jimmy Rowles, piano (celeste on I Hadn’t Anyone Till You and What’s New?)
Barney Kessel, guitar
Larry Bunker, drums
John Simmons, bass


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