Monday, March 5, 2012

Song of the Day 3/05/12

Continuing my old school jazz kick, I'll post one of my favorite pieces that came out of the Count Basie's Orchestra recordings.

Lester young is one of the  more interesting people I studied in my jazz history class I took a few years back. I especially like the enigmatic relationship he had with Billie Holiday, and their nicknames they had for eachother (Pres for Lester, and Lady Day for Holiday). Though heroin was Holiday's greatest downfall, it is hard not to believe that her separation from young had something to do with it. After Lester drank himself to death, Holiday was quotes as saying on the way to his funeral, "I will be the next one to go." She died four months later.

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