Billie Holiday (with Stan Getz): Lover Come Back to Me


Lover Come Back to Me


Billie Holiday (vocals) and Stan Getz (tenor sax)


Billie Holiday: Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (ESP 4039)

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Billie Holiday (vocals), Stan Getz (tenor sax),

Buster Harding (piano), John Fields (bass), Marquis Foster (drums)


Composed by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein


Recorded: Live at Storyville, Boston, October 29, 1951


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

In October 1951, George Wein booked Billie Holiday to play at his Storyville nightclub in Boston, where she shared the bill with 24 year-old tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. Getz had modeled his sound on Lester Young, Holiday's collaborator on many of her most celebrated recordings, and the idea of getting him to join her on stage for a few songs must have seemed an inspired move by all parties. The results - for once - more than lived up to the expectations. I can't recall another Holiday recording from the 1950s where she sings with such energy and enthusiasm. Getz, for his part, only plays obbligato, but you can sense his pride at serving as President - or Prez, to be more specific - for a day. This shimmering track is not well known, but deserves a place in the Lady Day Hall of Fame.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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