Billie Holiday

Some Other Spring

Once again in New York, famed producer Norman Granz gathers an ensemble that was not used to working together. Tony Scott does the arrangements. Billie’s voice is rough and worn out. The tempo is kept slow maybe to preserve Billie but, oddly, there aren’t solos in the session. The three first tracks are remakes from 1930’s classics. However, this session flows (…) wonderfully.

The group starts with Trav’lin’ Light, and I Must Have That Man, then onto an unparalleled version of Some Other Spring, one of Billie’s favorites. This is a song by Billie’s dependable collaborator Arthur Herzog, with lyrics by her friend Irene Kitchings, who was married to Teddy Wilson.

Session #75 New York 06/June/1956 Billie Holiday with Tony Scott & his Orchestra (Verve). Charlie Shavers (tp) Tony Scott (cl) Paul Quinichette (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Kenny Burrell (g)Aaron Bell (b)Lennie Mc Browne (d) Billie Holiday (v).

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Some other spring
I’ll try to love
Now I still cling
To faded blossoms
Fresh from worn
Left chrushed and torn
Like the love affair I mourn

Some other spring
When twilight falls
Will the night bring
Another to me?

Not your kind
But let me find
It’s not true that love is blind
Sunshine’s around me
But deep in my heart it’s cold as ice
Love, once you’ve found me
But can that story unfold twice?

Some other spring
Will my heart awake?
Stirring to sing
Love’s magic music
Then forget the old duet
Love in some other spring?