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    "Take Five" performed by Billie Holiday?

    Does anyone know if Billie Holiday ever sang "Take Five"? And if so, is it on a cd or dvd?

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    interesting! can you give more detailed informations, please? i can´t find this paul desmond composition in this lady day discography:

    www.billieholiday.be

    thanks in advance!

    keep boppin´
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    Lol, I had never heard lyrics to Take Five until a girl on American Idol sang it the other night.

    ...not that I watch that show....of course....
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    from another thread:
    Originally Posted by 3pointdeli
    I admit I watched American Idol last night. The highlight, BY FAR, was a 17 year old girl singing Billie Holiday's version of "Take Five".

    Originally posted by peter rh
    A Billie Holiday version of 'Take Five' ? Carmen McRae ?
    Billie died in July 1959 - 'Take Five' (vocal version)was composed/recorded 1960/61

    I think the words for 'Take Five' were the work of Mrs I Brubeck (Dave's wife)

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    I think Carmen's was the first vocal recording, it was done in 1961.

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    Just a tip: If you like Take Five you should listen to Monica Zetterlunds "I New York" = great version of Take Five with swedish lyrics.

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    Yeah, this seems to be American Idol inspired. A young girl who happened to be the grand-daughter of one of the singers from Sounds of Blackness sang "Take Five" on the show saying she was going to sing the Billie Holiday version- and then used a little of Lady Day's vocal techniques on the song. I don't know whether she thought Billy Holiday sang it or not. (And in truth it wasn't very Lady Day-y.)
    Oh, and I only watch the show during the beginning talent searches. There is not enough crushing of dreams on television.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Deighton
    Oh, and I only watch the show during the beginning talent searches. There is not enough crushing of dreams on television.
    Me too. Also, I try to make a point of supporting people who are villainised for telling the truth (Simon Cowell). It's far more entertaining than watching the actual contestants. I'll give AI props for using a live backing band. They used to make the singers perform to horrendous karaoke backup tracks.

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    Oh, and I only watch the show during the beginning talent searches. There is not enough crushing of dreams on television
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter rh
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    Originally Posted by 3pointdeli
    I admit I watched American Idol last night. The highlight, BY FAR, was a 17 year old girl singing Billie Holiday's version of "Take Five".
    I saw that too and completely agree. Her rendition of the song was crisp, if you closed your eyes you would think you were back in that era again. It was really great, I look forward to hearing more of her.
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    Well, she was good (even simon loved her), but it certainly wasn't take Five. It was "God Bless the Child." Don't know how those two got mixed up. I don't even know if there are words to Take Five! let alone a rendtion by Billie Holiday. 'Taint so.

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    Has anyone heard Lester Young's take on Giant Steps?

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    Robmid, you're talking about A DIFFERENT contestant. . . .
    Hey, I speak for myself. For no one else. It's no one else's opinion here but mine. I'm behind it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter rh
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    Originally Posted by 3pointdeli
    ...I watched American Idol last night. The highlight, BY FAR, was a 17 year old girl singing Billie Holiday's version of "Take Five".
    Yeah, she's was superb; excellent phrasing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmid
    I don't even know if there are words to Take Five!
    There are. They were mentioned earlier in this thread.

    From: http://www.midnitesun.co.uk/lyrics/lyrics02/w02250.txt

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    Take Five

    Won’t you stop and take a little time out with me, just take five;
    Stop your busy day and take the time out to see I’m alive.

    Though I`m going out of my way,
    Just so I can pass by each day,
    Not a single word do we say,
    It`s a pantomime and not a play

    Still I know our eyes often meet,
    I feel tingles down to my feet,
    when you smile that’s much too discreet,
    sends me on my way.

    Wouldn’t it be better not to be so polite, you could offer a light;
    Start a little conversation now, it’s alright, just take five, just take five.

    [Improvisation]

    Though I`m going out of my way,
    Just so I can pass by each day,
    Not a single word do we say,
    It`s a pantomime and not a play

    Still I know our eyes often meet,
    I feel tingles down to my feet,
    when you smile that’s much too discreet,
    sends me on my way.

    Wouldn’t it be better not to be so polite, you could offer a light;
    Start a little conversation now, it’s alright, just take five, just take five.

    (Written by Dave and Iola Brubeck; Recorded by a number of vocalists, including Carmen McRae and Al Jarreau).

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