Monday, March 6, 2017

Billie Holiday - Solitude

Billie Holiday's first recordings for Norman Granz' Clef Records present a vocalist truly at the top of her craft, although she would begin a rapid decline soon thereafter. This 1952 recording (originally issued as a 10" LP, Billie Holiday Sings) places Holiday in front of small piano and tenor saxophone-led groups including jazz luminaries such as Oscar Peterson and Charlie Shavers, where her gentle phrasing sets the tone for the sessions, evoking lazy evenings and dreamy afternoons. The alcoholism and heroin use that would be her downfall by the end of this decade seems to be almost unfathomable during these recordings since Holiday is in as fine a voice as her work in the '30s, and the musical environment seems ideal for these slow torch songs. Solitude runs as the common theme throughout these 16 tracks ; the idle breathiness of "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" finds the vocalist casually reminiscing, and Barney Kessel's warm guitar lines frame the title track beautifully. Several of Holiday's best-known recordings came from this session, including outstanding versions of "I Only Have Eyes for You" and a darkly emotional "Love for Sale," making this album far and away the best work of her later years, and certainly a noteworthy moment of her entire career.
Zac Johnson

Source :

Billie Holiday
(Billie Holiday Story, vol. 2)


1 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (Bowman)  2:54
2 Blue Moon (Hart, Rodgers)  3:28
3 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  2:54
4 You Turned the Tables on Me (Alter, Mitchell)  3:26
5 Easy to Love (Porter)  3:00
6 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  3:34
7 I Only Have Eyes for You (Dubin, Warren)  2:52
8 Solitude (DeLange, Ellington, Mills)  3:29
9 Everything I Have Is Yours (Adamson, Lane)  3:43
10 Love for Sale (Porter)  2:56
11 Moonglow (DeLange, Hudson, Mills)  2:58
12 Tenderly (Gross, Lawrence)  3:23
13 If the Moon Turns (Green)  2:44
14 Remember (Berlin)  2:35
15 Autumn in New York [LP Take] (Duke)  3:40
16 Autumn in New York [78 RPM Take] (Duke)  3:52


Billie Holiday - vc
Charlie Shavers - tp
Flip Phillips - ts
Barney Kessel - g
Oscar Peterson - p
Ray Brown - b
Alvin Stoller - dr

Recorded possibly at Radio Recorders Studio, Los Angeles ; late spring 1952 [# 1-8] ; a few days later [# 9-12]


Melanchthon said...

Juan said...

wonderful record, thank you.

warpig said...

Wonderful. Thanks so much for this.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel!

DonHo57 said...

A nice recording. Except for Peterson, the musicians listed are all less well known than many of their comrades of the time, but all just as talented and capable. Charlie Shavers has been a swing trumpet favorite for years, and Stoller was a darned fine drummer. Not always a Holliday fan, but I am enjoying her work here. Thanks!

Gil said...

Magnifique, merci.

musician3 said...

Thank You For All

Malaspina said...

Thanks Mel.Look forward to this album.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Andy said...

Much appreciated. Thank you.

matt said...

Real nice choice, man. Thanks.

Kovina Kris said...

I'm light on Billie Holiday stuff so this is appreciated. Thank you!

AmyBRAINS said...


Otis Foster said...

Holiday at the top of her game - I didn't have this Clef release. Thnx melanchthon

Anonymous said...

thank you

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!