Musicophilia Daily

[Video] – Billie Holiday – “Fine & Mellow” (1957)

Posted in Video by Soundslike on March 18, 2009

Billie Holiday with Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan – “Fine & Mellow” (1957)

Despite being visibly emaciated and quite possibly stoned in this very late performance (from CBS’ ambitious ‘The Sound of Jazz‘) all the musical strength and grace is there.  The one good thing that came of Ken Burns’ horribly skewed ‘Jazz’ documentary for me was seeing the context to this performance, and realising just how emotional a moment it must have been for Holiday and Young, estranged for so long, performing together one last time.  It’s all there in the music, and in her eyes.

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