HighNote CD 7078
Sings Lady Day
Billie Holiday serves as the inspiration for any good jazz singer. Her language changed the landscape of the jazz inflected American song tradition. Etta Jones is a singer whose vocal improvisations pack a similar wallop and pay homage to the legacy of Billie Holiday. Etta has wanted to do a record of Billie's tunes for some time and now she finally has her chance. Playing Prez to Etta's Billie is tenor great Houston Person, whose support for Etta's inflections is intuitive at this point. Richard Wyands uses his keen ear to produce some lovely harmonic twists and the rhythm section is rounded out by John Webber and Kenny Washington. All periods of Billie Holiday's career are represented in the tunes selected - from the early days with Teddy Wilson to the late-period Lady In Satin album. But, early or late, well-known or obscure, Etta never loses her connection to the listener.
W/ Houston Person - tenor saxophone; Richard Wyands - piano; Peter Bernstein - guitar; John Webber - bass; Chip White - drums
Tracks: That Ole Devil Called Love; All of Me; But Beautiful; You've Changed; I Cried for You; Fine and Mellow; God Bless the Child; Them There Eyes; You Better Go Now.
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