Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Terence Blanchard - The Billie Holiday Songbook (1994)

Great material + great arrangements + great performances = one great album, perfect for late night listening/dancing/nightcap/all of the above with the one you love.  If you want to class up your collection, locate this album of standards.  Biggest surprise: Dizzy Gillespie's daughter, vocalist Jeanie Bryson, comes strong and holds her own (she's no Holiday, but who is?).  Many argue this is Blanchard's best work; I'm going to put it second to The Heart Speaks in a close race.  I should listen to this disc more often than I do.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart:  Did not chart

Tracks:  My favorites are Nice Work If You Can Get It, Good Morning Heartache, Fine And Mellow, and I Cover The Waterfront.  The only misstep is Strange Fruit.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Let's Get Lost (2001)
The Heart Speaks (1996)
Music From Mo' Better Blues (1990)

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