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Lady Day Swings

Billie Holiday

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Album Review

Lady Day Swings! collects some of the legendary songstress' best-known swing performances, including "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Them There Eyes," and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm." Culled from the Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia box set, this compilation offers a more focused — and, arguably, easily digested — way to explore how Holiday brought her own personal experiences to her work. "Miss Brown to You," "A Fine Romance," and the other tracks here showcase the playfully alluring side of her work. A casual or new fan looking to explore the lively, charming aspects of Holiday's work would be wise to investigate Lady Day Swings!

Biography

Born: April 7, 1915 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. Billie Holiday's...
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