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A Billie Holiday Songbook WFMT: New Release Of the Week

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When 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 the pianist, she has been enthralled with "the startlingly distinctive qualities of mood and phrasing, line and color" heard in Holiday's singing. Downes celebrates the centenary of the legendary singer with an album of songs that Holiday made famous, arranged by New York-based composer and pianist Jed Distler.

Lara Downes - A Billie Holiday Songbook on Steinway & Sons is the WFMT: Chicago / New Release Of the Week. Featured tracks are:

Kern: Yesterdays (2:13)
Holiday/Herzog: God Bless the Child (3:29)
Rodgers: Blue Moon (1:16)
Ronell: Willow Weep for Me (3:37)