In this 1993 album, lovingly dedicated to the music of Billie Holiday, Blanchard exposes us to his romantic side, laid bare by his unabashed love for the music of Lady Day. Accompanied by full orchestra, Blanchard’s trumpet on the bittersweet Mal Waldron composition “Left Alone” is pure inspiration. His warm tone and emotionally laden delivery perfectly communicates the forlorn quality that Holiday did with her voice when she made the song her own. Bruce Barth plays a bluesy piano solo at the break that is equally emotive. The swelling strings maybe off-putting to some purists, but I found them quite complimentary to the whole production. At the finale, a scorching, slurring Blanchard trails off mike in a blistering demonstration of rare unrestrained high register bravado. A welcome look into what this artist can do when the spirit moves him.
May 09, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: billie holiday covers
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