Billie Holiday: I Loves You Porgy
I Loves You Porgy
Billie Holiday (vocals)
Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits (Decca GRD-653)
Composed by George & Ira Gershwin.
Recorded: New York, December 10, 1948
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
In the 1940s, Billie Holiday had the misfortune (as if she needed any more) of being contracted to Decca Records, which kept saddling her with unsuitable material and inappropriate orchestrations. No ignominy was beneath Decca, which in 1949 went so far as to refashion Billie as a latter-day Bessie Smith for “Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer”—equivalent to casting Paul Robeson as Kingfish in Amos 'n' Andy. Here, left to her own devices, Lady Day proves that an intimate Gershwin song plus four sympathetic musicians made the best backdrop for the unadorned drama of her incomparable voice.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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