A Billie Holiday Songbook

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Steinway & Sons celebrates the iconic jazz singer Billie Holiday’s centenary with an album of songs she made famous, arranged for solo piano by New York-based composer and pianist Jed Distler and performed by Steinway Artist Lara Downes. The result is a musical portrait of the singer’s life. Transcending historical divisions of genre, Lara programs songs including God Bless the Child, Strange Fruit and But Beautiful with works of the period by jazz-influenced concert composers including Ravel, Schulhoff, Ellington, Copland, Florence Price and Gershwin, capturing the essence of what defines the unique sound of American art music and our American legacy. Born in San Francisco of Caribbean and Russian heritage, Lara Downes has garnered wide acclaim as one of the most exciting and communicative pianists of today's generation, lauded by NPR as "a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship" and praised by the Washington Post for her stunning performances "rendered with drama and nuance".
Item number STNS30026
Barcode 034062300266
Release date 3/10/2015
Category Jazz
Number of units 1
Classical Artist Downes, Lara
Disc: 1
Roberta: Yesterdays (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:02:13
1 Yesterdays 00:02:13 Downes, Lara
God Bless the Child (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:03:26
2 God Bless the Child 00:03:26 Downes, Lara
Blue Moon (arr. T. Wilson for piano)00:01:17
3 Blue Moon 00:01:17 Downes, Lara
Willow Weep for Me (arr. M. McPartland for piano)00:03:37
4 Willow Weep For Me 00:03:37 Downes, Lara
Don't Explain (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:02:58
5 Don't Explain 00:02:58 Downes, Lara
Body and Soul (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:02:19
6 Body and Soul 00:02:19 Downes, Lara
I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (arr. J00:02:59
7 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You 00:02:59 Downes, Lara
I Wished on the Moon (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:03:01
8 I Wished On the Moon 00:03:01 Downes, Lara
Them Three Eyes (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:03:29
9 Them There Eyes 00:03:29 Downes, Lara
Billie's Blues (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:03:17
10 Billie's Blues 00:03:17 Downes, Lara
Good Morning Heartache (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:02:57
11 Good Morning Heartache 00:02:57 Downes, Lara
The End of a Love Affair (arr. J. Distler for pian00:02:28
12 The End of a Love Affair 00:02:28 Downes, Lara
What a Little Moonlight Can Do (arr. J. Distler fo00:01:30
13 What a Little Moonlight Can Do 00:01:30 Downes, Lara
Ain't Nobody's Business (arr. J. Distler for piano00:03:31
14 Ain't Nobody's Business 00:03:31 Downes, Lara
Strange Fruit (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:04:00
15 Strange Fruit 00:04:00 Downes, Lara
I'll Be Seeing You (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:03:41
16 I'll Be Seeing You 00:03:41 Downes, Lara
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) (arr. J. Distler00:02:48
17 Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) 00:02:48 Downes, Lara
I'm a Fool to Want You (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:03:00
18 I'm a Fool to Want You 00:03:00 Downes, Lara
I'll Be Around (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:02:18
19 I'll Be Around 00:02:18 Downes, Lara
I Cover the Waterfront (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:04:11
20 I Cover the Waterfront 00:04:11 Downes, Lara
Solitude (arr. J. Distler for piano)00:02:56
21 (In My) Solitude 00:02:56 Downes, Lara
Road to Rio: But Beautiful (arr. J. Distler for pi00:02:43
22 But Beautiful 00:02:43 Downes, Lara
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