Charles McPherson - Siku Ya Bibi (Day Of The Lady)*
* dedicated to Billie Holiday
2017 Japanese reissue
For the second of his three Mainstream sessions, the bebop altoist Charles McPherson pays tribute to Billie Holiday; in fact, "Siku Ya Bibi" means "Day of the Lady" in Swahili.
The emphasis is mostly on ballads, with "Miss Brown to You" and "Lover Come Back to Me" being exceptions. Four of the eight selections find McPherson backed by ten strings arranged by Ernie Wilkins, while the remainder of the date has the altoist joined by a rhythm section that includes pianist Barry Harris, this is a fine outing. Highlights include the two aforementioned cooking pieces, "Lover Man," "Good Morning Heartache," and "I'm a Fool to Want You."
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
|Brand||Mainstream Records / Solid Records Japan|
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