BILLIE HOLIDAY LADY DAY: THE BEST OF BILLIE HOLIDAY
Many other singers had better pipes or more agile techniques. But nobody transformed a song into something as deeply personal and affecting--and swinging--as Holiday. In these two discs, her reedy, frayed-at-the-edges voice, teasingly lagging the beat, instinctively breathes the bittersweet essence of the jazz life. What's more, she is surrounded by the finest sidemen of the era (1935-42), including pianist Teddy Wilson and her musical and emotional soul mate, tenor saxophonist Lester Young.
MILES DAVIS THE COMPLETE BIRTH OF THE COOL
In the late 1940s, Davis teamed up for the first of...