Billie Holiday: Blue Moon


Blue Moon


Billie Holiday (vocals)


Verve Jazz Masters 12 (Verve 314-519825-2)

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Billie Holiday (vocals), Charlie Shavers (trumpet), Flip Phillips (tenor sax), Oscar Peterson (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Alvin Stoller (drums).

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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  • 1 liliana sugobono // Mar 17, 2008 at 11:24 PM
    I live in Lima Perù and I feel I'm a very lucky person because three times a week I conduct a radio program where I play Sinatra,Nat Cole,Ella,Sarah and Bennett. The Station is Telestereo and you can look for it in net in The name of the program is Algo muy Especial. I have to mention that without a doubt Billie Holiday is one of my favorites,that feeling she possesed in unique and the people that listen to my program ask for her records all the time. Good for her. Thank you Liliana Sugobono