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Entitled Recital, this disc compiles numbers from 1952 and 1954, which were recorded with various accompanists. The musicians themselves kept a low profile out of respect for Billie Holiday; even Oscar Peterson shows himself to be a sensitive accompanist, while Paul Quinichette demonstrates that he is a very capable replacement for Lester Young. In this repertoire, taken from musical and songbooks from 1921 to 1935, Lady Day manages to convey her personality and life story - even in the softest of songs! Those with quick tempi, too, such as "What A Little Moonlight Can Do," one of the outstanding numbers here, shine out with a personal touch. It is not only young talented singers who should listen to these masterpieces at least a dozen times per week - these gems will delight the passive music lover too. 1. A 180 gram audiophile pressing from Speakers Corner.
Original Master Re-issues on 180 gram vinyl.
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