Etta Jones Sings Lady Day

Etta Jones Sings Lady Day

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by Etta Jones
     
 
Before her death in 2001, Etta Jones had built a sturdy career as one of the finest, if most underrated, singers of the modern era. Comfortable with old-school R&B, blues, and popular song (her hit single “Don’t Go to Strangers” may be her best-known performance), she came to be treasured as a superb jazz stylist, one who could wring the maximum emotion from a song

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Before her death in 2001, Etta Jones had built a sturdy career as one of the finest, if most underrated, singers of the modern era. Comfortable with old-school R&B, blues, and popular song (her hit single “Don’t Go to Strangers” may be her best-known performance), she came to be treasured as a superb jazz stylist, one who could wring the maximum emotion from a song without resorting to bathos or self-pity. On this loving tribute to the great Billie Holiday, Jones takes on many of Lady Day’s signature tunes from throughout her illustrious recording career. It takes equal measures of courage and skill to pull off something like this, and Jones had both qualities in abundance. She finds enough of herself in these songs to make them her own, yet the benevolent ghost of Holiday seems to be hovering alongside as well, guiding her along. By album’s end, Etta Jones Sings Lady Day has transformed itself into a double tribute to both singers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Etta Jones' last 20 years found her recording one consistently soulful jazz album after another, usually with the close partnership of tenor-saxophonist Houston Person. For what would be her final recording, she pays tribute to Billie Holiday with renditions of nine standards. Except during the last part of "Fine and Mellow" when she does a remarkable imitation of Lady Day, Etta Jones sings in her usual bluesy style, staying as individual as always. She makes such songs as "All of Me," "I Cried for You" and "Them There Eyes" sound fresh and relevant. The singer passed away on the day that Sings Lady Day was officially released and she sounds in surprisingly good form throughout this set, finishing off her career on top.
Jazz Times
The date comes closer to Jones's exuberant live performances than any other in her discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
Label:
Highnote
UPC:
0632375707828
catalogNumber:
757078

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Etta Jones Sings Lady Day 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music is great, but Etta is not Billie and it's real evident. Just buy Billie's greatest hits.... you get about 15 of her best songs....... sung by the one and only Billie Holiday.