Monday, November 7, 2011

Billie Holiday - Body and Soul (1996)

Billie Holiday - Body and Soul (1996)
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Genre ~ Vocal Jazz, Standards | Label ~ Verve/MFSL

This session comes from close to the end of the line (1959) in the erstwhile swinging company of Barney Kessel on guitar, Ben Webster on tenor, and naysayers will be quick to point out that Lady Day wasn't in peak form here. But Billie Holiday with some of the platinum chipped off the pipes is still way better than a buncha finger-snappin' wannabes anyday. Her interpretations of the title cut, "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," and "Darn That Dream" hold you in the palm of her hand with their gentle swing and the band support here is never less than stellar. This Mobile Fidelity reissue (also available as an audiophile vinyl pressing) features in-the-control-room sound that makes this session sound even cozier. The Lady sings and swings. ~Allmusic

01. Body and Soul (6:23)
02. They Can't Take that Away from Me (4:12)
03. Darn that Dream (6:19)
04. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (3:26)
05. Comes Love (4:02)
06. Gee, Baby, ain't I Good to You (5:38)
07. Embraceable You (6:50)
08. Moonlight in Vermont (3:48)

Billie Holiday - vocals
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison - trumpet
Jimmy Rowles - piano
Barney Kessel - guitar
Red Mitchell - bass
Alvin Stoller, Larry Bunker - drums

Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California in 1957
Produced under the personal supervision of Norman Granz
Cover photo by Howard Moorehead
* This CD is "Monarual"