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WestwoodOne: America this Week review by Chuck Rich

When classical pianist Lara Downes was 8 years old, she wrote in her diary that her favorite song was Billie Holiday's I Cover the Waterfront. Ever since, says Downes, who has been praised by the New York Times for "loving attention to mood and color", she has been enthralled with "the distinctive qualities of mood and phrasing, line and color" heard in Holiday's singing.

Now, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth, Lara Downes offers A Billie Holiday Songbook, a deeply personal tribute to an icon of American music (Steinway & Sons Records). With radiant sensitivity and timeless intimacy, Downes performs the songs forever associated with Lady Day's legendary interpretations.

Entertainment critic - Chuck Rich's weekly Review segment for "America This Week with Jim Bohannon," concludes with Lara Downes - A Billie Holiday Songbook as 'music selection for the week.' "America This Week" is heard each weekend on 90 WestwoodOne radio affiliates. Check out the attached audio excerpt.