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January 27, 2010, 11:11 am
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Dee Dee Bridgewater
Eleanora Fagan (1915–1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee Bridgewater

[DDB/Emarcy; March 1]

For her first album since 2007’s inspirational Red Earth: A Malian Journey, in which she fused her well-honed jazz and blues styles with African polyrhythms, Dee Dee Bridgewater turns in a new set of standards, this time in honour of the iconic Billie Holiday (real name Eleanora Fagan). But this is no ordinary recital; Bridgewater aims to reinvent well known gems like ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, ‘God Bless The Child’ and ‘Don’t Explain’ with brand new arrangements delivered with an improvisational groove. And she’s got the enough experience to pull it off, having won over the critics with her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Stephen Stahl-produced one-woman musical ‘Lady Day’ back in the late ’80s. Recorded in just three days with her “dream band”, Bridgewater described the sessions as “magical” in a recent interview with Billboard. “The grooves were so in the pocket. Everybody took their part and made it their own; my intensity came out of what I was hearing from them. There was a lot of love being poured into each song.”

01 Lady Sings The Blues
02 All Of Me
03 Good Morning Heartache
04 Lover Man
05 You’ve Changed
06 Miss Brown To You
07 Don’t Explain
08 Fine & Mellow
09 Mother’s Son-in-Law
10 God Bless The Child
11 Foggy Day
12 Strange Fruit

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