Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin (LP)

$ 22.99


Release Date: 09/03/21

Almost forty years after Lady in Satin was recorded, Ray Ellis remembered the following:
'On January 3, 1958, I received a call from record executive Irving Townsend asking if I
was free February 18th, 19th and 20th. On my reply of yes he said, 'Great! Billie Holiday
is in my office and she wants you to write the arrangements for the album she's about
to record'. I was flabbergasted. Apparently, she'd heard an album I'd recently called Ellis
in Wonderland. We set up a meeting for the following week to pick material and plan
the concept. It didn't dawn on me at the time, but just about every title that she picked
was the story of her life, unrequited love.' The results from those three sessions would
mark Billie's last great hit, and her next to last studio album. (While her very last LP
was made with Ray Ellis again at the beginning of the following year, it never reached
the heights of her previous album.)
Most jazz fans now consider Lady in Satin to be Holiday's last great effort, and she also
loved the album herself. It is true that her voice, after a life of self-abuse, wasn't the same
as on her earliest 1930s recordings. Her expressiveness, however, would remain with
her to the end, and this album seems to showcase her baring her soul like never before.

Label: Groove Replica
Genre: Jazz
Language: English
Run Time: 40 mins

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