Billie Holiday : Body and Soul

Billie Holiday : Body and Soul


Billie Holiday (lyrics), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Harry 'Sweets' Edison (trumpet), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Red Mitchell (bass), Larry Bunker (drums)

Recorded in 1957

Verve 8197

Analogue Productions - Quality Records : 2 LPs 200 gram (45rpm)

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Body And Soul
A2 - They Can't Take That Away From Me
B1 - Darn That Dream
B2 - Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
C1 - Comes Love
C2 - Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You
D1 - Embraceable You
D2 - Moonlight In Vermont

January 3-9, 1957

This session comes from close to the end of the line (1959) in the erstwhile swinging company of Barney Kessel on guitar, Ben Webster on tenor, and naysayers will be quick to point out that Lady Day wasn’t in peak form here. But Billie Holiday with some of the platinum chipped off the pipes is still way better than a buncha finger-snappin’ wannabes anyday. Her interpretations of the title cut, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” and “Darn That Dream” hold you in the palm of her hand with their gentle swing and the band support here is never less than stellar. 

Ben Webster, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and the other members of this stellar ensemble were not just gifted soloists but sensitive accompanists as well. Lady Day was rarely more ably supported than she was on this program of sturdy standards -- and she rarely sounded more luminous. The Lady sings and swings.