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A Billie Holiday Songbook - Lara Downes (piano)
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Track Listing
  1. Yesterdays, song (from "Roberta")
  2. God Bless the Child
  3. Blue Moon, song (from "Babes in Arms")
  4. Willow Weep For Me
  5. Don't Explain
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  1. Yesterdays, song (from "Roberta")
  2. God Bless the Child
  3. Blue Moon, song (from "Babes in Arms")
  4. Willow Weep For Me
  5. Don't Explain
  6. Body and Soul
  7. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You, song
  8. I Wished on the Moon
  9. Them There Eyes
  10. Billie's Blues, song
  11. Good Morning, Heartache, song
  12. The End of a love affair
  13. What a Little Moonlight Can Do, song
  14. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do
  15. Strange Fruit, song
  16. I'll Be Seeing You, song
  17. Lover Man, song
  18. I'm A Fool To Want You
  19. I'll Be Around, song
  20. I Cover the Waterfront for trumpet & piano
  21. Solitude ("In My Solitude")
  22. But Beautiful (used in the film "The Road To Rio")
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The title A Billie Holiday Songbook on this release by the unconventional American pianist Lara Downes may refer to that of the Gershwin Song-Book for piano composed (or abstracted from his live improvisations) by George Gershwin in 1932. The Gershwin work is probably the nearest point of reference for this collection of piano arrangements of Holiday's hit songs: the textures of most of the pieces are dense, and they depart considerably from the melodies of the originals. Some of them circle back to Holiday by including ...

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