Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Billie Holiday on Aladdin























In 1951, Billie Holiday recorded one session for Aladdin Records with tenor guitarist Tiny Grimes leading the band. Haywood Henry is on saxophone and Bobby Tucker on piano. These four sides (in particular "Rocky Mountain Blues" - in which she sings "I'll be high on that mountain" which for her had a dual meaning) are the closest she came to recording Rhythm and Blues. They are unmistakably her- yet different than anything else she recorded.



















"Detour Ahead" mp3
by Billie Holiday with Tiny Grimes' Sextet, 1951.
available on Billie Holiday 1949-1951



















"Be Fair To Me" mp3
by Billie Holiday with Tiny Grimes' Sextet, 1951.
available on Billie Holiday 1949-1951



















"Rocky Mountain Blues" mp3
by Billie Holiday with Tiny Grimes' Sextet, 1951.
available on Billie Holiday 1949-1951



















"Blue Turning Gray Over You" mp3
by Billie Holiday with Tiny Grimes' Sextet, 1951.
available on Billie Holiday 1949-1951

Photograph: © William F. Gottlieb

4 comments:

Paul said...

Thank you! This is great stuff.

Rockin'n'rollin' said...

I don't knew this Billie, these songs sound more "R&B". Good.

C. said...

"Detour Ahead" is one of her forgotten masterpieces--what a song.

chris

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!!
Henk