Thursday, September 13, 2007

#183 Billie Holiday - Fine and Mellow (1957)

click if your hip (and can spare 9 minutes)

There's an introduction, then a bit of chat from Billie Holiday. You can see a very young Gerry Mulligan in a 'sport' coat jigging to the rhythm - and he hasn't even started playing yet.

First solo from Ben Webster, smooth and cool (and so is his hat). Then 'The Prez' (Lester Young), he's so laid back he's probably playing and meditating in his yoga class at the same time. More solos from the all star group. My favorites are the saxophones of Mulligan, Young and Webster.


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