SAM COOKE- Tribute To The Lady LP
Flawless album of Jazz blues tinged standards in tribute to Billie Holliday. Virtuosic vocals and excellent vocal production and sound quality. The band too, horns etc are first rate as are the backing singers. Its hard to define this sophisticated, accomplished genre that was omnipresent in the forties and fifties but extinct shortly afterwards, but hear one track and you will know exactly what genre I mean. If you need one one album of this ilk, this - surprisingly enough as Sam wandered seemingly aimlessly through standard land for years - is a prime contender.