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+
Diana Ross: The Lady Sings...Jazz & Blues The shallowness with which Diana Ross imbues ''Strange Fruit'' on Diana Ross: The Lady Sings...Jazz & Blues insults the memory of...Diana Ross: The Lady Sings...Jazz & BluesDocumentary, Musical The shallowness with which Diana Ross imbues ''Strange Fruit'' on Diana Ross: The Lady Sings...Jazz & Blues insults the memory of...1993-04-16
Genre: Documentary, Musical; Starring: Diana Ross
Posted April 16 1993 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Now's your chance to see 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in IMAX theaters
- Obama to honor Stephen King, Sally Field with National Medals of Arts
- Queen Elizabeth is a huge fan of 'Downton Abbey'
- You can binge all of TNT's new show 'Public Morals' — only on Labor Day weekend
- New 'Batman v Superman' pics show Wonder Woman, the Batmobile
- 'Star Wars: Aftermath': Finding Han Solo for a quick galactic run
- Kanye West sends Taylor Swift flowers after the 2015 VMAs
- Force Friday: See Hasbro's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' toys
- How three worlds collided for the Shondaland cast shoot: See the exclusive photos
- 8 most polarizing celebrities in 'Dancing With the Stars' history
- All the VMAs 2015 performances graded
- VMAs 2015 Red Carpet: See All the Looks!
- Johnny Depp, Gabrielle Union, Karlie Kloss & More!