Kenny Burrell crafts one of the all-time killer guitar solos on this rendition of Billie Holiday’s signature song. Art Blakey, Ben Tucker, and especially Bobby Timmons are outstanding in support.
Bobby Timmons’ out-of-tune piano adds a dissonant, undeniable charm to the performance. This happened to Timmons on another outstanding live recording from 1959 with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers.
Note: Tina Brooks is all over the rest of this record; on this cut he only appears in the final five seconds.