The final offering in the recent series of Billie Holiday reissues from the outstanding and comprehensive Legacy boxset explores her work with Lester Young. What proves evident in this collection is that two brilliant and original artists can collaborate and enhance each other's performance to levels they could not reach on their own.
In addition to familiar recordings by Holiday and Young such as "The Man I Love" and "Me, Myself, and I," this collection includes two remastered tunes from the original 78 rpm records. All original musical nuances and tonal integrity have been restored on "Mean to Me" and "A Sailboat in the Moonlight."
"A Musical Romance" takes its listeners on a roller coaster ride of love. From the heart wrenching delivery of "Foolin Myself" to the optimistic spin of "Laughing at Life," Holiday and Young know when and how to pull at your heart strings and when to pick you up and dust you off for another try at love.
Of the three reissues, this is simply the best one, as it takes a close look at two brilliant artists at the top of their game working together to create some of the best music ever recorded.
Track Listing: 1. The Man I Love
2. This Year's Kisses
3. Mean to Me (78 RPM Version)
4. Back in Your Backyard
5. I'll Never Be The Same
6. Me, Myself and I
7. Time on My Hands (You in My Arms)
8. Who Wants Love?
9. I Must Have That Man
10. Foolin Myself
11. When You're Smiling
12. A Sailboat at Moonlight (78 RPM Version)
13. He's Funny That Way
14. Laughing at Life
15. Without Your Love
16. Fine and Mellow
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.