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A Tribute to Billie Holiday

A Tribute to Billie Holiday This salute to the jazz-vocal giant doesn't gloss over the unsavory patches in Holiday's history: It opens with a reading by Angela Bassett from the...A Tribute to Billie HolidayJazz This salute to the jazz-vocal giant doesn't gloss over the unsavory patches in Holiday's history: It opens with a reading by Angela Bassett from the...2011-07-20
Billie Holiday | BILLIE IDOL Grammy winners Esperanza Spalding and Babyface provide stirring renditions of the jazz icon's life and work

BILLIE IDOL Grammy winners Esperanza Spalding and Babyface provide stirring renditions of the jazz icon's life and work (AP Images)

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A Tribute to Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz; Lead Performer: Various Artists; Music Label: Stormvox

This salute to the jazz-vocal giant doesn’t gloss over the unsavory patches in Holiday’s history: It opens with a reading by Angela Bassett from the singer’s autobiography in which she recounts being raped at age 10; elsewhere, Kenneth ”Babyface” Edmonds channels Billie’s blues in a gorgeously spooky take on ”Strange Fruit.” It’s not all so gloomy, as Rickie Lee Jones demonstrates on her typically quirky ”They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” But as love letters go, A Tribute to Billie Holiday feels unusually honest. B

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