A Musical Romance

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The rapport that singer Billie Holiday and tenor saxophonist Lester Young established on their classic recordings is the stuff that dreams -- and jazz magic -- are made of. This essential collection gathers some of their very best work together, including such vintage sides as “Me, Myself and I,” “Mean to Me,” “This Year’s Kisses,” and “He’s Funny That Way” -- gorgeous performances that find the incomparable horn man and the standard-setting vocalist bringing out the very best in each other’s artistry. Holiday and Young aren’t alone in their majesty. Surrounding them are such giants of the swing era as trumpeter Buck Clayton (like Young, a star soloist of the Count ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The rapport that singer Billie Holiday and tenor saxophonist Lester Young established on their classic recordings is the stuff that dreams -- and jazz magic -- are made of. This essential collection gathers some of their very best work together, including such vintage sides as “Me, Myself and I,” “Mean to Me,” “This Year’s Kisses,” and “He’s Funny That Way” -- gorgeous performances that find the incomparable horn man and the standard-setting vocalist bringing out the very best in each other’s artistry. Holiday and Young aren’t alone in their majesty. Surrounding them are such giants of the swing era as trumpeter Buck Clayton (like Young, a star soloist of the Count Basie band), alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges from Duke Ellington's orchestra, and the leader of many of these sessions, pianist Teddy Wilson. The addition of the live “Fine and Mellow” from later in Holiday's and Young’s careers is a particularly wise choice; Billie’s knowing blues vocal and Young’s spare solo are as moving as anything in jazz.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
A Musical Romance gathers some of the most romantic songs Billie Holiday recorded with Lester Young, including "The Man I Love," "Time on My Hands You in My Arms," "I Must Have That Man," and "Who Wants Love?" Essentially a collection of some of the love songs featured on the excellent Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933 - 1944 box set, A Musical Romance offers a more focused -- and, arguably, easily digested -- way to explore the romantic side of her music. Though much of her work dealt with love won and lost, her collaborations with Young are especially lively and alluring, "He's Funny That Way," "A Sailboat in the Moonlight," and "Back in Your Own Backyard" chief among them. A charming and concise collection, A Fine Romance presents some of the very best moments from Holiday and Young's time together.
Billboard
Neither of these sublime artists ...sounded as happy or as much like each other as when they were together.

Neither of these sublime artists ...sounded as happy or as much like each other as when they were together.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974848721
  • Catalog Number: 748487
  • Sales rank: 36,058

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billie Holiday Primary Artist, Vocals
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Danny Barker Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Claude Thornhill Piano
Mal Waldron Piano
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Cozy Cole Drums
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Benny Morton Trombone
Joe Sullivan Piano
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Walter Page String Bass
Jim Atlas Bass
Artie Bernstein String Bass
Bill Bowen Alto Saxophone
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Vic Dickenson Trombone
J.C. Heard Drums
Allan Reuss Guitar
Kermit Scott Tenor Saxophone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone
Joe Eldridge Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Sherman Piano
Technical Credits
Frank Driggs Cover Photo
Mark Fisher Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
John Lange Composer
Tom Piazza Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Larry Shay Composer
Fred Stryker Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2014

    This is a fine collection which showcases Holiday's vocal attrib

    This is a fine collection which showcases Holiday's vocal attributes from her early days to her later days. It's a gorgeous disc...completely worth having if only for the final cut, a fabulous rendition of "Fine and Mellow".

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