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Billie Holiday

Lady Sings The Blues

    Almost 45 years have passed since the death of 'Lady Day'. About 50 years ago she could be seen and heard in just a few rare concerts outside the USA. Alcohol, drugs, affairs and racial discrimination in the USA had all left their mark on her and only her voice served as a reminder of her great successes. It is thanks to Norman Granz that Billie Holiday signed a new, lucrative contract with Verve / Clef in the early Fifties. He drew the very best musicians into the studio and paid for excellent arrangers so that Billie had an opportunity to sing her old songs once again and record them for posterity in the very best sound quality. Recorded between 1954 and 1956, "Lady Sings The Blues" features some of her best-loved jazz-blues numbers, including a never-bettered version of "Strange Fruit", "Good Morning Heartache", "Trav'lin' Light", "I Must Have That Man", "God Bless the Child" and the fantastic title track of course. Holiday is at her heart-rending best here, her voice cracking with emotion and pain at times, which only adds to the brilliance of this set, and the amazing remastering means we get to hear every drum brush stroke and every horn note as well. Wonderful.

    TRACK LISTING

    Trav'lin' Light
    I Must Have That Man!
    Some Other Spring
    Lady Sings The Blues
    Strange Fruit
    God Bless The Child
    Good Morning, Heartache
    No Good Man
    Love Me Or Leave Me
    Too Marvelous For Words
    Willow Weep For Me
    I Thought About You
    P.S. I Love You

    Charles Mingus

    Mingus Ah Hum

      Charles Mingus’ classic 1959 album ‘Mingus Ah Um’ available on 180g vinyl LP + bonus CD of the album with bonus tracks.

      ”First let’s put your minds at ease about that weird title: it’s a corruption of an imaginary Latin declension (mingus-minga-mingum). Don’t ask why. It seems to me that Mingus has now completely found himself, found a personal and vital direction.

      This is a consistently exciting and stimulating set. Mingus has something to say, knows how and through whom to say it.

      TRACK LISTING

      Better Git It In Your Soul
      Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
      Boogie Stop Shuffle
      Self-Portrait In Three Colors
      Open Letter To Duke
      Bird Calls
      Fables Of Faubus
      Pussy Cat Dues
      Jelly Roll

      John Coltrane

      Ballads

        “With Ballads Coltrane looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman and with Duke Ellington. Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He’s not aggressive. Instead, he’s introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads’ draw.” - Sam Samuelson, AllMusic

        TRACK LISTING

        Say It (Over And Over Again)
        You Don’t Know What Love Is
        Too Young To Go Steady
        All Or Nothing At All
        I Wish I Knew
        What’s New?
        It’s Easy To Remember Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
        Greensleeves


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