Soul From Sweden (Music Thoughts: My Billie, Cajsa Zerhouni)

71dIc5BVbPL._SS500_Such is the power of Billie Holiday. Swedish jazz singer Cajsa Zerhouni has an EP oy called ‘My Billie’ and it is a great tribute to the gardenia’d one. Zerhouni couldn’t sound more different than Holiday, but she sings with as much soul and feeling. BIllie’s repertoire is handled here delicately, but not without Zerhouni putting her own personal stamp on these songs. My favorite is a hot house version of ‘Crazy He Calls Me’ that has so much longing and wanting that it registers just as good as the original. All in all, this is a great small record worth checking out for jazz vocal fans.

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