Ida Zalewska - As Sung By Billie Holiday
Artist: Ida Zalewska
Title Of Album: As Sung By Billie Holiday
Year Of Release: 2012
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 38:41 min
Total Size: 85,7 MB
01. Lover Man
02. Foolin' Myself
03. You Go To My Head
04. Lady Sings The Blues
05. Now Or Never
06. For All We Know
07. I'm a Fool to Want You
08. Fine And Mellow
Sometimes I am like a little child: I like SURPRISES! And this record is such a surprise, a very pleasant surprise indeed. Because who really heard anything about Ida Zalewska? For couple of years she was verging between soul, blues, R&B and jazz. But she never indeed made to spotlights as separate, distinctive and creative individuality. Not until 10th November that is the day of premiere of her second (at least it seems so to me!) album dedicated to American heroine of vocal jazz, Billie Holiday.
You could ask what made so deep impression on me? Certainly all these songs were sung hundreds of times after the immortal performances by Lady Day. But somehow Ida Zalewska succedeed where many have failed. She neither tried to reinterpret these songs and make them coherent with modern jazz aesthetics nor she imitated performances of Holliday in which case she would be doomed to failure. Instead she sung Billie Holliday songs in most natural, unpretentious and sincere way expressing her love towards art as created by this extraordinary woman. Since it coincidies with the fact that almost all these songs are about love, therefore the album is sparkling with emotions, with longing, with sweet languor associated with being enamoured in other human being.
This sensous mood is marvellously underlined by Ida's voice. Unlike any other in Poland this voice is deep, low, sultry. It reminds me a bit of voice of Diana Krall without being overcontrolled or Norah Jones without being monotonnous. If I was to compare her to somebody, I would point out at Patricia Barber who though not having big voice through masterfully operating moods manages to make her singing unique. Ida seems to follow similar route, and I am happy to announce now, ladies and gentlemen, the birth of an accomplished jazz singer!
But her star would not shine so brightly without background as created by stunning performances of musicians who accompany her. They are all well known to conseisseurs of Polish jazz. Her quartet consists of pianist Kuba Pluzek (very talented enfant terrible of famous Music Academy in Katowice), double bassist Max Mucha (yet another fabulously talented young lad from this school) and veteran drummer Arek Skolik (whose class is beyond any doubt). They are supported by very well chosen set of guests in persons of trumpeter Piotr Schmidt, saxophonists Marek Pospieszalski and Jaroslaw Bothur, trombonist Adam Solski and vibraphonist Bartek Pieszka. These guys' input in creating this excellent piece of jazz cannnot be overestimated. Bravo! ~Maciej Nowotny.
Ida Zalewska - vocal
Kuba Pluzek - Fender Rhodes, piano
Max Mucha - double bass
Arek Skolik - drums
Piotr Schmidt - trumpet
Marek Pospieszalski - tenor sax, bass clarinet
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