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
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total)
First time I met Lee Konitz, my mentor who completely changed my life, in 1992. He was giving a masterclass at the Cologne Conservatory (Germany) where I was a freshmen (with playing experience around three years total). He saw an alto sax on my neck and said: Hey, how about you there, would you like to play something for us? I played a piece with the piano. OK, said Lee, how about you play something unaccompanied? Oh yeah! I was deep into transcribing Sonny Stitt and pretty much into playing as fast as possible as many right notes as possible. So I played Oleo in about 300 beats per minute and was very proud of myself. Lee was tapping his foot all the way through. Hmm, he said, that was in time and all that... (I thought - yeah, of course, haha!) and then he said, You've got a lot of quantity, how about quality? It took me 15 years to realize what he meant.