Fine and Mellow Holiday 1957
Billie Holiday recorded "Fine and Mellow" during a TV session in New York on December 8, 1957, about a year and a half before she died at the age of 44. To me this is probably the most emotional and gripping recording ever made in jazz.
Billie sings Sweet and Mellow, which is just a 12 bar blues. There is some wonderful solo work by Ben Webster, Lester Young, Vic Dickenson, Gerry Mulligan, Hawkins and Roy Eldridge. This is music made for heaven!