Blueprint of a Lady: Sketches of Billie Holiday

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The superb jazz singer Nnenna Freelon knows that the most appropriate way to pay homage to the inimitable Billie Holiday is to approach her music from a purely personal point of view. In essence, a truly smart vocalist understands that Holiday is one-of-a-kind; imitate her style and you come off second class; find your own way into her signature songs and you honor both the legendary artist and assert your artistic worth. Which is just what Freelon does so well on Blueprint of a Lady. The song selection will come as no shock -- “What a Little Moonlight Will Do,” “Don’t Explain,” “You’ve Changed” -- basically, an archetypal Holiday program. What’s special is how ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The superb jazz singer Nnenna Freelon knows that the most appropriate way to pay homage to the inimitable Billie Holiday is to approach her music from a purely personal point of view. In essence, a truly smart vocalist understands that Holiday is one-of-a-kind; imitate her style and you come off second class; find your own way into her signature songs and you honor both the legendary artist and assert your artistic worth. Which is just what Freelon does so well on Blueprint of a Lady. The song selection will come as no shock -- “What a Little Moonlight Will Do,” “Don’t Explain,” “You’ve Changed” -- basically, an archetypal Holiday program. What’s special is how Freelon transforms these fingerprint Lady Day songs into specialties of her own. The sassy funk version of “God Bless the Child,” the melodic and harmonic transformations of “Them There Eyes,” the Latin groove of “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” the reggae take on “All of Me,” among other strikingly imaginative reworkings, renew each song’s vitality through Freelon’s daring and vocal beauty. A back-cover quote form Holiday sums up Freelon’s achievement: “No two people are alike, and it’s got to be that way with music, or it isn’t music.” Truer words…
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431228929
  • Catalog Number: 2289
  • Sales rank: 225,968

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nnenna Freelon Primary Artist, Vocals
Mary Fettig Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Beverly Botsford Percussion
Wayne Batchelor Acoustic Bass
Doug Lawrence Tenor Saxophone
André Bush Guitar
Christian Scott Trumpet
Julian Lage Guitar
Jessica Ivry Cello
Brandon McCune Piano, Trumpet, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Kinah Boto Drums
Technical Credits
Mal Waldron Composer
Mary Fettig rhythm arrangement
Nnenna Freelon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Richard Rodgers Composer
Beverly Botsford Arranger
Wayne Batchelor Arranger
Billie Holiday Composer
John Clayton Horn Arrangements
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
George Horn Mastering
Nick Phillips Producer, Audio Production
Bill Carey Composer
Carl Fischer Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Ann Ronell Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Doris Tauber Composer
William Tracey Composer
Ram Ramirez Composer
Brandon McCune Arranger, Composer
James Sherman Composer
Ed Keane Producer
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