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Blueprint of a Lady

Blueprint of a Lady

Traditional tribute albums normally feature one artist paying tribute to another in an attempt to evoke their legendary forebear. But when Nnenna Freelon set her vocal sights on songs associated with Billie Holiday, she determined that she wanted to emulate the spirit, rather than the sound, of the great "Lady Day." Freelon's sixth Concord Jazz release (August 23), Blueprint of a Lady - Sketches of Billie Holiday, coincides with the 90th anniversary of Holiday's birth, yet the five-time GRAMMY® nominee presents a moving and uniquely contemporary homage -- a distinctively refreshing take on the legendary jazz singer's firmly established contributions to music.

Blueprint of a Lady - Sketches of Billie Holiday is lovingly comprised of 15 tracks, featuring boldly fresh interpretations of tunes strongly associated with Billie Holiday. Listen to "God Bless The Child," "Don't Explain," "Them There Eyes," "Strange Fruit" (sung in a medley with a Latin-inflected "Willow Weep For Me"), or the reggae-infused version of "All of Me," and you reach the inescapable conclusion that deep admiration, not imitation, is Freelon's inspired intention.

On Blueprint of a Lady - Sketches of Billie Holiday Holiday's feisty spirit and independence, even her selection and interpretation of signature tunes, are presented against the backdrop of her time and ours, thus assuming new significance and traveling beyond mere tribute to powerful musical statement. "Billie Holiday really sang what she had to say in her own way," says Freelon. "That's one of the things that was so impressive about her; she was a survivor, and had an absolutely brilliant, innovative concept of her own."

Freelon and her band will tour extensively to support Concord Records' release of Blueprint of a Lady - Sketches of Billie Holiday, including dates in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Philadelphia.


01I Didn't Know What Time It Was
02What A Little Moonlight Can Do
03Don't Explain
04God Bless The Child
05Strange Fruit
06Willow Weep For Me
07Balm In Gilead
08Them There Eyes
09Only You Will Know
10You've Changed
11Now or Never
12Lover Man
13Left Alone
14Interlude- Little Brown Bird
15All Of Me
The Clothesline Muse