Doc Cheatham

Tribute to Billie Holiday

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Doc Cheatham (a month short of turning age 82) is in excellent form on this set of eight songs associated with Billie Holiday. Fortunately, the octet avoids the obvious tunes like "God Bless the Child" and "Lover Man" and instead plays songs such as "I Cried for You" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street" that are more adaptable as jazz instrumentals (although Cheatham does take a couple of vocals). Joined by a band filled with top Swedish players, he is in excellent form for this heartfelt and successful tribute.