Montag, 22. April 2019

Billie Holiday - An Evening With Billie Holiday (1953)

The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing.

Billie Holiday's highly stylized reading of this blues tradition revolutionized traditional pop, ripping the decades-long tradition of song plugging in two by refusing to compromise her artistry for either the song or the band. She made clear her debts to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong (in her autobiography she admitted, "I always wanted Bessie's big sound and Pops' feeling"), but in truth her style was virtually her own, quite a shock in an age of interchangeable crooners and band singers.               

The 10´´ EP "An Evening with Billie Holiday" features studio recordings by jazz singer Billie Holiday and was released in 1953.

It is only 25 minutes long, but in those 25 minutes Ladyday takes you on a trip of pretty much every emotion we can feel as humans. From love to hate, from joy to blues, from heartbreak to loneliness, from longing to desire.

A1 Stormy Weather
A2 Lover Come Back To Me
A3 My Man
A4 He's Funny That Way
B1 Yesterdays
B2 Tenderly
B3 Can't Face The Music
B4 Remember

Billie Holiday - An Evening With Billie Holiday (1953)
(256 kbps, front cover included, now track 7 is included!)

5 Kommentare:

Issa hat gesagt…

Oops! Link is dead. Could you refresh, please? All the best

zero hat gesagt…

Now there´s a fresh link. All the best!

Cri hat gesagt…

Thanks Zero!

Issa hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for refreshing Billie Holiday's dead links. What a fantastic blog! Best wishes

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

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