Billie Holiday: Blue Moon
Billie Holiday (vocals)
Verve Jazz Masters 12 (Verve 314-519825-2)
Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.
Recorded: Los Angeles, May 1952
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Lady Day evidently brought a head cold to this session, which for other singers might be a handicap. Holiday, however, brought more than a head cold to this session. Her naturalness and easy familiarity make it seem she's singing to you alone. Unfortunately, not everyone's on the same page. Flip Phillips and the rhythm section are fine, but Shavers bolts into his solo like George Armstrong Custer's bugler sounding the charge. This, mind you, less than a minute after Billie sings, "I heard somebody whisper, 'Please adore me' " (emphasis added). What, Charlie's mute was in the shop for repairs?
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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