Billie Holiday records ‘Songs for Distingué Lovers’ with Harry Edison, Ben Webster, Barney Kessel et al (1957)

Billie Holiday‘s ‘Songs for Distingué Lovers’ is an album recorded from January 3 till January 9, 1957 with Harry Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel & more and released the same year by Verve Records.

Track Listing : 1.Day In, Day Out (Johnny Mercer, Rube Bloom) – 06:47 . 2.A Foggy Day (Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin) – 04:40 . 3.Stars Fell On Alabama (Frank Perkins, Mitchell Parish) – 04:28 . 4.One For My Baby (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) – 05:39 . 5.Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter) – 05:31 . 6.I Didn’T Know What Time It Was (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 05:59

Musicians : Billie Holiday – Vocal . Harry Edison – Trumpet . Ben Webster – Tenor Saxophone . Jimmy Rowles – Piano . Barney Kessel – Guitar . Red Mitchell – Double Bass On (1 – 2 6) . Alvin Stoller – Drums On (1 – 2 6) . Joe Mondragon – Double Bass On (3 – 4 – 5) . Larry Bunker – Drums On (3 – 4 – 5)

Production : Produced By Norman Granz

Package : Norman Granz – Liner Notes

Recorded From January 3 To January 9, 1957 At Capitol Studios In Los Angeles.

Released In 1957 By Verve Records.

(Source Billie Holiday – Songs for Distingué Lovers | The Official Website of Billie Holiday)


hprill @ RateYourMusic
There’s a deeply morbid fascination that comes with Billie Holiday‘s final recordings. It’s the voice of a broken woman — on some songs it’s barely a voice at all — but it’s still full of emotion and unparalleled expression. […]

Her extensive discography is a pleasure to exploreand there are many gems, whether be it originals or covers of classic American tunes. Songs for Distingue Lovers is a neat collection of late-night tunes. […]

The Night Owl
One of the album’s best sounding tracks is “Just One of Those Things.” The dynamic range on the entire album is superb, but it really stands out here. Kessel turns in another dazzling solo, as does Rowles. […]


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