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June 26, 2012

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Autumn in New York

Billie-Holiday

Billie Holiday or Lady Day, as her musical partner the great Lester Young used to call her, was one the most important female jazz vocalist of all time. As with many glorious people she… had a relatively short and tumultuous life; nevertheless, her musical legacy remains as strong and as unique as ever.

Evidently, I cannot add any more to the tons of comprehensive and excellent material which has already been written about her. I do, however, want to share with you this incredible song for your enjoyment.

Sometimes a performer does such an outstanding job with a given Jazz Standard that they actually own the cut for posterity. I believe that “Autumn in New York” is owned by Lady Day. But then again it is just my opinion.

I have listened to renditions by other great ladies of jazz such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, et. al., and although they have done, without a doubt, a masterful job, I still prefer Lady Day’s version.

However, this is not about competition. Instead, it is about enjoying a magic moment or even a transcending one, depending on your state of mind. Almost instantly, on the third chord, when the base, piano and Billie jump into the tune, I am hooked. From then own you could say that it is sheer bliss. But don’t just take my word for it, go ahead and experience it, for yourself.


Play 1. Autumn in New York — Billie Holiday .
 

 

Autumn in New York — Billie Holiday 1935

 


 

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Maria Eugenia Perez
    Sep 29 2012

    Solo me imagino oyendo esta musica en algun del Village tomando una Buena copa de vino….Luego caminando por el Central Park y viendo las hojas cayendose de los arboles de todos los colores, rojas, amarillas, marrones, naranjas y recibiendo la bella energia de esa Ciudad tan inolvidable y tan incredible que es New York.

    Gracias por enviarme esto y pensar en mi una vez mas,,,,,
    TQM

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  2. Phorddib
    May 21 2013

    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

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