Jazz bassist John Patitucci, known for his work with Chick Corea, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Wayne Shorter, lent his talents to vocalist José James’ latest, Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday.
Released on Blue Note and produced by Blue Note President Don Was (also a bassist), the album also features pianist Jason Moran and drummer Eric Harland.
James discovered Holiday’s music as a teenager, and he always learned from her music. “Billie Holiday made me want to be a jazz singer and set me on the path that I’m walking today.” His album comes a century after the April 7, 1915 birth of Holiday, who is known not only for her legendary jazz vocals, but also her short, tragic life.
James and his band have a unique take on Holiday standards. You can get a taste of the album’s sound in its trailer:
Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday Track List:
- Good Morning Heartache
- Body and Soul
- Fine and Mellow
- I Thought About You
- What a Little Moonlight Can Do
- Lover Man
- God Bless the Child
- Strange Fruit