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Columbia’s Legacy label breaks up the recent all-encompassing Billie Holiday box set into three different themed collections.
The Legacy label takes a look at Billie’s work in the blues idiom on “Blue Billie.” Many of these recordings are quite familiar to many Billie fans, such as “God Bless the Child: and “Night and Day.” But this collection has a nice flow to it that makes an otherwise unexciting collection into a nice compilation that plays well from beginning to end.
A thoughtful approach and reorganization of an already stellar body of work.
Track Listing: 1. Gloomy Sunday
Personnel: 2. Trav'lin All Alone
3. Body and Soul
4. Where Is The Sun
5. You Let Me Down
6. God Bless The Child
7. Billie's Blues
8. I Cover The Waterfront
9. Moanin' Low
10. Am I Blue
11. Loveless Love
12. Night and Day
13. St. Louis Blues
14. Why Was I Born?
15. Ghost of Yesterday
16. Long Gone Blues
Jazz is a creative explosion of individual freedom and communication.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was a kid. My father had a music store.
The best live performance I ever attended was Kenny Garrett in Harlem, New York.
The first jazz record I bought was Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins.
My advice to new listeners is keep listening!