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Gardenias for Lady Day

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Released  2003
Producer  Yves Beauvais
Release date  2003
Genre  Jazz
Length  46:09
Artist  James Carter
Label  Columbia Records
Gardenias for Lady Day httpsimgdiscogscomHv6CCnZf6tit5TdideffGsUX6h
Recorded  2003 Avatar Studios, New York City
Gardenias for Lady Day (2003)  Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge (2000)
Similar  James Carter albums, Jazz albums

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Gardenias for Lady Day is the eighth album by saxophonist James Carter featuring tracks associated with Billie Holiday which was released on the Columbia label in 2003.



The Allmusic review by Matt Collar says "This is a beautiful album that revels as much in classic melody as it does in Carter's most torrid saxophone "skronk." ... Continuing to display a unique and singular vision, Carter has crafted a fittingly urbane, elegant, and unnerving album that celebrates both Holiday's haunting spirituality and earthy sexuality". In JazzTimes Nate Chinen wrote "Painstakingly but not excessively produced, it has enormous commercial potential-yet never panders or beseeches. The disc satisfies Carter's aptitude for repertory, his gift for personal interpretation, his saxophone obsession, his historical ken and even his devotion to the art of surprise. In doing so, it presents a musical vision of laserlike focus, suggesting a new threshold of maturity for Carter, whose talents and insights have always been well ahead of his years". On All About Jazz Jim Santella noted "Carter's tribute to the memory of Billie Holiday weaves lyrical melodies around his own trademark enthusiasm. His desire to build upon what our jazz ancestors laid down for us has matured. Instead of far-out creations that few could understand and that many would bicker with, the 34-year-old saxophone sensation serves up an accessible program that reaches, nevertheless, into the 21st century. Stereo saxophones and deep-throated clarinets surround themes that recall the uniqueness of Lady Day. Her deep, inner strengths, her don’t-quit attitude, and her remarkable perseverance all show up in the musical arrangements that James Carter has adopted for his debut on Columbia".

Track listing

  1. "Gloria" (Don Byas) - 6:01
  2. "Sunset" (Buster Harding, Cab Calloway) - 5:24
  3. "(I Wonder) Where Our Love Has Gone" (Buddy Johnson) - 6:22
  4. "I'm in a Low Down Groove" (Roy Jacobs) - 4:39
  5. "Strange Fruit" (Lewis Allan) - 4:20
  6. "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" (Billy Strayhorn) - 5:54
  7. "Indian Summer" (Victor Herbert, Al Dubin) - 6:52
  8. "More Than You Know" (Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose) - 6:37
  9. "Lil' Hat's Odyssey" (James Carter) - 5:55 Bonus track on CD
  10. "You're a Lucky Guy" (Saul Chaplin, Sammy Cahn) - 7:59 Bonus track on CD


  • James Carter - baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, mezzo-soprano saxophone, soprano saxophone, contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, arranger
  • John Hicks - piano
  • Peter Washington - bass
  • Victor Lewis - drums
  • Sandy Park - concertmaster, violin
  • Sharon Yamada, Lisa Kim, Myung Hi Kim, Ann Kim, Sarah Kim - violin
  • Robert Rinehart, Tom Rosenthal - viola
  • Elizabeth Dyson, Sarah Seiver, Bruce Wang, Mina Smith, Jeanne LeBlanc, Eileen Moon - cello
  • Erik Charlston - vibraphone, wind machine
  • Erik Ralske, Phil Myers - French horn
  • Jeff Nelson - bass trombone
  • Miche Braden - vocals (tracks 5 & 8)
  • Greg Cohen (tracks 5-9), Cassius Richmond (tracks 1-4) - arranger
  • References

    Gardenias for Lady Day Wikipedia

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