Sunday, February 7, 2010
Billie Holiday--First Issue--The Great American Songbook
Billie Holiday's Great American Songbook was not designed as such: it is, rather, a collection of 34 songs put together long after her death to commemorate a postage stamp. It forms a nice contrast with Ella's Songbook series. I'd listen to Ella to learn the songs, and to Billie to discover some of their emotional depth.