Autumn in New York
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.
1. Autumn in New York — Billie Holiday .
Autumn in New York — Billie Holiday 1935