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April in ParisElla Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Jazz Masters 24
April in Paris - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
just listening to this on repeat for the rest of the night
April in ParisElla Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
April in Paris - by Ella and Louis
“I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face”
April In ParisCharlie Parker
April In Paris ~ Charlie Park (with strings)
Usually a Blues on Mondays but April got me — my darlin’ Nicci’s birthday tune this one — though we had to pass on Paris this year due to me issues with the medicos — Lille was a fine substitute! And they played this song in the hotel piano bar for us. The player from Hungary loved that fact that I knew this one by Charlie —- and that i loved it. The critics didn’t much care for Charlie’s foray into the string world but Charlie loved it and that’s enough for me….we adore it!
April In ParisElla Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
april in paris
performed by ella fitzgerald & louis armstrong
April In ParisBillie Holiday
‘April In Paris’, by Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday’s (1915-1959) recording career is divided into 3 periods. The first is the period in the 1930’s, recorded with Columbia, marked by her time with Teddy Wilson (piano) and Lester Young (tenor saxophone). Her popularity never matched her artistic success, but she was widely played on jukeboxes and the Armed Forces Radio during World War II.
The second period were her Decca years in the 1940’s, marked by recordings with string orchestra accompaniment. While the records from this period are impressive, they’re not as ‘jazzy’.
By the 1950’s, the third period, her voice was going more croaky, and she sometimes missed notes, but her ability to interpret songs was enhanced. I consider this work, with Verve records, to be some of her finest. A fine example is today’s song, ‘April In Paris’, recorded on August 18th, 1956.
Billie Holiday fans will argue eternally over the relative merits of the different phases of her career. In these arguments Lady Day’s work for Verve often gets short shrift. While it cannot be denied that Holiday had lost much of the elasticity and spring in her voice (due in large part to a rough life filled with alcohol and drug abuse), it is impossible to overlook the exquisite phrasing and raw emotion underscoring many of these performances.
Billie Holiday - Vocals
Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison - Trumpet
Ben Webster - Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles - Piano
Barney Kessel - Guitar
Red Mitchell - Bass
Alvin Stoller - Drums