Diana Ross: The Lady Sings...Jazz & Blues

Genre: Documentary, Musical; Starring: Diana Ross

The shallowness with which Diana Ross imbues ”Strange Fruit” on Diana Ross: The Lady Sings…Jazz & Blues insults the memory of Billie Holiday — not to mention the lynching victims who inspired the song. Backed by 18 world-class jazz musicians (including trumpeter Jon Faddis, whose solo on ”I Cried for You” is hair-raising), Ross breezes obliviously through Holiday’s classics plus other standards. Holiday sang them all better back when. Ruth Brown and Abbey Lincoln sing many of them better today. And camera work that isn’t always on target-showing us a horn but not the man playing it — doesn’t help. C+

Originally posted April 16 1993 — 12:00 AM EDT

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